Sorry I shouldve clarified;
The 338 win mag is a Browning A-Bolt, so it will be sold. I have not hered hardly anything good about building a Browning, and I dont want to start a build by going backwards. So the 338 will be sold to fund the 300wsm purchase in Model-70 Win.
My current Model-70, 300wby is the only one I wanna convert.
I have alot of thinking to do. I dont want to single load. and I want a carry gun, so Im staying away from the big stuff. But I do want a 338 to launch 225-250gr bullets with some authority to 800ish yards.
I realise that I already have rifles capable of this, but I am a firm beliver in overkill
, thus the RUM chambering.
I already own a 270wsm and LOVE it-as most of you know-
If I got the 300wsm, for an ''inbetweener'', and had the 338RUM for the realy big stuff at extended range I feel I would be well rounded in the range I am currently comfy shooting at, and have room to grow a bit along the way. I dont think that the gun is gonna give me the tallent that some folks have, nor do I think I can make up for marginal accuracy with ''horsepower'', but I do think its a step in the right direction for being able to extend my range as my ability grows. Plus, someday when I have alot more $$$$$ than I do now, I would like to own a full on custom, dedicated long range rig, so the Rum chambering seems like even more of a good stepping stone/Leartning tool, for longer range shooting, and builds.
I just figured before I go dropping tons of $ on my 300wby for a brake, extending the length of pull, and some other issues, Id see if I had the proper makin's for a RUM conversion, without alot of headache.
P.S. Bigngreen, its not the super expensive one, its only about an $800 rifle, by todays prices. But its a safe queen and looks too sexy to shoot
, so I may as well make something usefull out of it. Ie; If I already have a 270wsm, and am going to get a 300wsm, why have a 300wby?........when I can have a 338 RUM
As far as the stock goes.......I dont wanna offend anybody, but I cant stand composite stocks, so I would either alter the one I have, or have to order a custom wood one with an aluminum bedding block inlayed...... LOTS of $$ that Id rather not spend if I could use/modify what I already have for now.
Like I said I have alot of thinking to do before I start talking to a smith with cash in hand. I tend to be ''rash'' when I have a dollar burning a hole in my pocket.
Thank you to all who have replied. This helps alot in making a decision of exactly what it is I want to do. Your comments are very educational, and I appreciate them all.