Originally Posted by 87predator
I had tried some reloading with the wby, but couldn't seat to the lands as the magazine length did not allow.
I currently have a 6.5 Sherman in the works, so not sure if I'll need the 30 cals, but just can't readily bring myself to sell one. I figured with the arrangement of big game calibers I would have, a 6mm, 6.5mm, 7mm, 338mm, there wouldn't be a gap to fill,
That is a standard situation with longer cartridges in factory rifles. Can't load to the lands and fit in the mag.
If you're considering a 7 LRM, it would work in the Vanguard barely, depending on what reamer you use. You would want a throat that would allow seating to the lands and with COAL that would fit in the mag box.
I just completed 2 builds on a Vanguard and S&W M1500 (same as the Vanguard) and as i mentioned another on the 700. The 700 cost several hundred more in parts and smithing to upgrade it to what I wanted for a good build.
If you go with the 7 on the Vanguard you have a somwhat limited selection of stocks, being B&C Medalist, McMillan and Manners. The Manners is not a true fit, I found that out the hard way, the tang of the action protrudes above the stock so the tang must either be ground down or stock built up, My smith just rounded the edges of the tang, but there is stil a shop time fee for that. I would recommend a McMillan.
The B&C Medalist is a full aluminum bedded stock and less expensive than the others. But in the standard (long) action, it is only available in a sporter style which doesn't allow for a heavier barrel than a #5. I put a Broughton Light Varmint Sporter Contour in mine which has a muzzle of .700-.720
Here is a pic... note, I had a tactical knob welded to the bolt handle and it does not have a final finish. When Nitrided it will be matte black.