Hi, I was thinking of the same thing, building a custom rifle or order it but not sure about the barrel thickness and length. Which one will give more accurate at long range? Contour #5,6 or 7, OR increase the barrel length, from 26" to 28"? I was hoping that the rifle will weigh under 10-12lbs. I'll use it for hunting, and maybe participate some local benchrest competition. The caliber would be 300RUM. Any suggestions? Thank you.
I have another question.
My friend and I were crunching numbers last night, and determined that a 30 cal. 240MK at 3000 FPS is capable of delivering over 1400 FPE at 1500 yards.
so, do I want a 1 in 10, or a 1 in 9" twist for this rifle?
Sounds like a nice project you have going there, with one exception.
25 pounds? In a portable hunting rifle? I'd rethink that part. I too like heavy rifles, and have been known to Dremel out & fill the entire fore-end with lead, but only on range/tactical type rifles. My favorite 308 is done that way, but I wouldn't want to think about carrying it very far.
Other than that, sounds like you should be on your way to a nice rig.
I ordered the rifle yesterday.
What I ordered was a Savage 116 BSS in .300 RUM. This gun has a laminated stock, with stainless action and a 26" barrel. The savage site says that this weighs 7.75 lbs.I'm assuming that the barrel is in a medium sporter contour to make it that light in weight.
Does anyone have any idea how much weight will be added by going to a 7, 8, or 9 contour barrel that's 30" long? I'm thinking it would be about 5 lbs.
What would you all think of a fluted .900-.950" barrel at 36" without a barrel block. A little longer, about the same weight and just as stiff?
Would you be inclined to say the added length would still increase leverage on the action in recoil over a shorter possibly even heavyer barrel, thus needing the block? Zero experiance speaking here, just pickin the brains that do.