I have a Savage Model 340 in .225 that I am considering changing over to a 6.5 caliber. My question is which would be the easiest and least expensive option while still having a good rifle in the end? Or is the 340 action worth the time and money? Any advice would be appreciated.
I don't know a whole lot about the 340 action and haven't been able to find a lot of info on the web. Was the 340 action designed specifically for the 30-30, 225 type pressures? As you said I would probably be better off getting a set of dies and some brass for the 225 and building a 6.5 on a stiffer action.
I would of given my 2cents earlier had I been on lately. Anyway the 340 was designed to handle 35-40k psi in 30/30 and 50k ish in 222(smaller case head has less rearward thrust on bolt given equal pressuses). The 340 has ONE bolt lug(yes one sided bolthead) meaning it could shear and get you hurt using a 308based cartridge!