Originally Posted by AJ Peacock
I just bought a 12fvss in 300WSM (26" fluted barrel). (gun broker)
I've always wanted to play with the WSM and the .30 will be a good one to play with. I figure I'll stiffen up the stock, lighten up the trigger and attempt to wear the barrel out this winter/spring.
Then I'll re-barrel with something that will really stand up to a lot of shooting (maybe even a straight old 308 Win).
I'll get a tactical stock to make it feel a bit like my 338AM from a feel perspective and be able to get into 'shooting shape' again.
Its amazing how important trigger time is, and I purchased this rifle with that in mind. I got the 12, because the accu-trigger on the varmint is supposed to go down to 1 1/2 lbs.
Thanks for the info, now I just need to find some good articles on what it takes to swap calibers (bolt heads/barrels).
If you are planning on stiffening a savage plastic stock, don't bother. I (and many others) tried the same thing out of boredom, bedded a 3/8" piece of cold rolled steel square stock in the forearm. The stock flex is back in the action area, inmho it is unfixable. That being said the tupperware stock is capable of very fine accuracy.
I would try to keep caliber swapping in the same cartrige family, ie wsms for wsms, ultra mag for ultra mag, 243 for 308 etc. Caliber swaps such as 223 to 308 are definatly doable but if you are changing boltheads chances are your magazine won't work so you'll be in single shot territory.