Okay, 300 WM it is. Only have one of those so guess I won't hurt to balance out the safe. Going to pick up the donor gun today - Savage 111 FCXP3 in 7 MM Mag. Some friends ask why I would spend the money on a 'lesser' gun just to throw away new parts. Why not buy a long range hunter model in the cal I wanted; that it would be the same cost once I get a new barrel and such. Do you really see a difference by changing out the factory barrel?
My response has been better barrel life..improved accuracy... and because I can....
I agree the 300 win or even the wsm is the way to go. Also unless you flat out do not have the capability (geographically) to shoot past 5-600 yards I would go ahead and build it with the mindset that 5-600 is your starting point because as most guys inevitably find out, they keep backing up from the target as time goes on... its human nature to keep pushing the envelope. I built my 338 with the hope to someday kill something at 1000+ with that goal reached I am not looking for a 1500 yard kill.
Anything less than overkill is underachievement!
" Real elk guns start with the number 3 or bigger and blow two holes, one in and one out." - My Dad
On my way. Savage 111 has been bought. the 7MM Mag was taken so i went with the 30-06. As was mentioned i can change the bolt head to handle the magnum rounds if i choose to go that way. been going back and forth with keeping it as a 30-06 as i have a about 1k rounds. didn't think i would ever have so much trouble deciding on what caliber to go with. I have so may hunting guns his just might be a target project. going to call and order the 28 in barrel on Monday. didn't realize it would take around a month to get on, but that leaves time to strip the gun. trying to get to the range today to send a few rounds through it before i strip it down to see how everything goes.
Glad to see a couple more Colorado Savage guys on here. What barrel did you end up going with? I would encourage you to change out the recoil lug while you have it apart. I just happen to have the tools and gauges for 300wm. Built one of my own a couple years ago and just finished helping a buddy do up one of his own. We might be able to work out something if you need tools.