Originally Posted by Ryeguy
I shoot a 300 mag now. Been hunting with it for over ten yrs. I have shot a 338 mag and a 300 RUM. The 300 rum is a custom christenson arms. Im not thinking something super lightweight just not a bench gun weight. Im in northern north dakota so not to many people have custom rigs around me. I was thinking about driving out to snowy mnt rifles in MT. And checking out some of their rifles. Anyone have one/info on their rifles? Thats a nice gun there doubleZ i will look into it thanks. Where in ND are you located?
Long Range and light weight don't often meet.
If you want a long range rig you want to start with a rig that finishes at least in the 9-12lbs range. Heavier is steadier, steadier is more consistent and consistency equals accuracy.
The 300wm is more than enough rifle for any game in north America out to 1,000yds.
The 300 Rum does everything the wm does it just does it about 300fps faster.
As for actions, many years back an old gunsmith told me "The Model 70 is just a Mauser made right."
Well the Snowy Mountain Rifles is just a model 70 made stouter and better.
Beware of the affliction known as "Cannonitis". It causes people to spend ridiculous amounts of money on super magnum calibers they don't need, can't shoot well, and can't tolerate the recoil from. It's a pretty common affliction usually cured by a trip to the classifieds section here at LRH or over at Sniper's Hide.
If you are thinking seriously about one of the super 338's then as someone suggested find someone that's got one they'll let you shoot a bit before making such a decision.
You can easily spend four grand or more putting one together and then find yourself unable to more than 2,500.00 out of it when you decide to sell it because you don't enjoy shooting it.
For what it's worth I own rifles in 223-375Ruger and every one of them has a job to do and I enjoy shooting them but for hunting North America there's no need at all for anything bigger than my 7mm STW or 300 WM except elk and big bears at over 1,000yds for which I have the 300 Rum.