The question specifically asked about the "next" rifle -- well, mine will be a 260 AI. Just waiting on the Krieger barrel and McMillan stock, everything else is here. Also toying with the idea of a short, lightweight custom 338 RCM for up close and moderate range range.
I love my 277 AM, but did not consider the fact that my source of heavy-for-caliber bullets would dry up someday. I didn't stock enough of the 169.5 & 195 wildcats. It's a mistake I can't afford again. When I burn this barrel up, I will stick with the 338 Lapua parent case and have Kirby spin on a 338 Lapua or a 30 Lapua.
I voted for the 300RUM only by default. I am a huge fan of the 7mm STW and have been for years but I haved owned a 300 RUm and felt it was quite a nice hunting firearm. the weatherby bug got me and I traded for a 30-378. Love the gun, hate the cost of brass!!! By the way what is a 7AM?
Just sold my 7mm wsm self built from 7mm saum in Model 7..Definitely doing another,,but my new gig is 22 magnums, pocket full of ammo for 9 bucks and kills just about anything on the street. What a wicked little round.
6.5 CPG(Cloud Peak Gunworks). The Gunsmith's name is Trevor Rosencranse. He lives in Basin Wyo. Trevor is the Best of the West's gun smith. He can be reached at 307-568-3009. The cartridge is based on the .280 Ackley case. It should be an excellant long range round with 140 gr. berger vld. I'm really looking forward to shooting it.