Re: What would you Build ( Kirby and Ernie )
I also have 1 of Kirby's 7-270 WSM's, BUT i have a big stock problem in that we used 1 of the older model HS's, which is as soft as it gets. It has cracked 2X now, and will be replaced shortly with the center-grip McMillan. Kirby said this might happen, and it surely did. That torque of the 200 gr. Wildcat was more than the HS could take i guess.
After seeing a number of these bigger XP's perform in the field, i have never seen anything like Ernie's rig. I think u would be hard pressed to beat this rig with anything else really. Just run the #'s with that 200 gr. .8+ BC bullet @ 2700 fps mv. This is probably about as good as you'll find anywhere for the ultimate long-range performer out of a handgun. It shoots good, doesn't recoil much at all, and looks almost as good as it performs. If i were doing another long-range project again, i'd go right to Kirby and have him build me a clone of Ernie's. Kirby knows how to build these heavy kickers like few others out there.