I am as new as it gets as far as long range shooting is concerned. I have some stock rifles, but I've never modified any of them. I'm looking at a Rem 700 Sendero in 300WM, but I really like the look and feel of the McMillan stocks (A4,A5). Can I just drop the 700 action and barrel into one? How difficult is it? Where is a good place to get the stocks? Is it even possible? Thanks in advance for any and all advice, and helping out a real newbie [img]images/icons/grin.gif[/img].
The 3 - B's of accuracy are bullets, barrel and BEDDING. I am not a big believer in drop-in stocks regardless of who makes them. Factory actions and barrels are built within factory (loose) tolerances. The drop-in stock have to accomodate them all.
If I were you I would simply have the sendero stock bedded. These stocks are well made and provide a good platform for a quality bedding job. Eventually, you will want a custom barrel and then you will be 2/3's of the way there. [img]images/icons/wink.gif[/img]
I will concur with Varmint Hunter and add this. If you get a copy of McMillan's catalog you will note that they offer a finishing and bedding service at a reasonable price and can supply and fit the stock to your barreled action as well. I have a friend that had his rifle bedded by them and is very happy with the result.
I also can't say enough about my personal satisfaction with the A-5 stock which currently resides on my Winchester Model 70 in 7mm WSM. [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img]
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Thanks guys. I think you made up my mind for me. I wasn't sure if I was going to use just the drop in or have the bedding done. I'm definitely having it bedded. I'll be honest, it can be quite confusing building a custom rifle for the first time, thanks for your help. This is my plan so far....so far as I can hide all these expenditures from my wife:
Rem 700 Sendero in 300WM
NightForce 8-32x5 NXS with the R2 reticle
McMillan A5 stock
NightForce rings and one piece M1913 rail
Can you guys give any suggestions on the best barrel in your opinion, once I can save up for that too? What about a muzzle break? Thanks again for all your help.