I've been lame about more pics and shooting (I decided to go out 4-wheeling in the mounains during the Fall colors this weekend instead - should have been bowhunting I guess). In any case, I did get the scope on and did some barrel break-in while seeing what velocities I was getting with different powder charges. I'll remember to get some better close-ups with the scope on next time. I was kind of racing against daylight to get my shooting done.
I used to think my 300 Dakota was a reasonable-sized round. It looks and feels downright juvenile next to the Big Baer...feels like I'm grabbing a 243 round or something now. I wondered how 135+ grains of powder would feel...not bad actually. With the big 'ol muzzle brake
and about 18 pounds of weight, she's a pretty polite girl. Oh, she's got ooomph to her no doubt, but very reasonable. I'll have the wife and daughters try her sometime.
More shooting and pics to come hopefully...