Originally Posted by pburton
I have an older Remington 700 7mag that I am going to rebarrel. I was considering having it rebarreled to .300 win mag. This may be a stupid question but anything else I need to consider when having this done? Or can I just have a barrel built and a smith install it? I have not spoken to my gunsmith yet about this. Just wanted to get some info from you guys. A friend of mine just told me about a local gunsmith that will blueprint and rebarrel a 700 action for $500. He uses Shilen barrels. Does this sound like a decent deal?
The reason I am thinking about going from a 7mag to a .300mag is because I have two 7mags and want something with a little more punch. What do you think?
My smith charges $325 for a blueprint and $275 for a barrel thread and crown. That doesn't include the barrel. Most custom barrels are going to run about $400 or so shipped. find out exactly what is included in a "blue print" from this smith.
other things to consider when building off a 700 action...
Are you going to get a new trigger or have the factory one tuned?
Are you going to get a new one piece bolt?
Are you going to have a mini M16 or Saco style extractor installed?
Are you going to replace the factory recoil lug with a heavy duty recoil lug pinned to the receiver?
Are you going to replace the firing pin assembly with a speed lock assembly or spring?
I did all of the above with my 700 300 Ultra build. Jewel trigger, one piece .704 PTG bolt, Saco extractor, heavy duty recoil lug and PTG speed lock firing pin.
I offset the cost a little by selling the factory bolt.