More background info,
I have shot lots of diff caliber rifles, hanguns and shotguns. A friend of mines father is an Ffl and he collects guns....lots of guns. I have shot most of them.
I knew when I bought the savage that I coul make it a better shooter. It shots good but very hard on the shooter. Light barrel is not getting it done. I am going to get a new barrel no matter what. I want it heavy and with a brake for recoil help. I know it will help from experience. My win 70 in a 223 kicks like my rem 597 22lr. Heavy barrel is great along with pilar bedding and a good stock. I also want a larger caliber and this will give me better precision in a semi custom rifle
. Seems like the right time, I want to make this one better. Might as well take care of it at the same time, larger caliber I mean.
The stock that comes with it is flimsy and very light. I know a stock maker that has a 4 axis stock duplicating carver. I am going to make the laminated blank out of several pieces of hardwood and he is going to make the stock for about 150$ out the door.
As for reloading, I have an RCBS reloading kit. Friend gave it to me...I guess he ran out of room with his 2 dillon progressive loaders(he shoots a lot) I have not used the RCBS yet as I keep shooting reloads from the dillons. Once I get my new caliber, I will havevto start using it
I will add a new scope next year with new base. I have leupold rings on it now with a 3x9 nikon on it. Nothing special, it was a gander mountain special.
I have the accutrigger and I am indifferent...I guess I will have to see how much money I have left after all the other upgrades I plan on making.
Richard, I was looking at some pre it barrels from mcgowen...reviews seem to be fairly good. I can have them make me barrel to spec in 2 months. Would you consider them a good choice?
Thanks again, I hope this gives you some better insight into why I am doing this,