You could install a Witt clamp on muzzle brake on your existing rifle for about $90.00, and still keep it original, but you would reduce recoil by about 50%. It wouldn't damage your rifle at all.So, I realize this is a personal decision. I am just trying to get a little feedback.
I am thinking strongly of going with a 300 WM for my next rifle. I already have one, pre-64 M70 that was my dads. It shoots great, but…… it is a shoulder killer. I can’t bring myself to putting a muzzle brake on it due to collector and sentimental value.
So here’s the dilemma. I can go out of the box with something like X-Bolt, Tikka, bergara, or others for around the price point I am thinking. What would I be looking at custom-wise? Right now I am looking at just the rifle. I will figure out optics at a later time.
My goal is 800+ Yards. This will be used for hunting also. So weight is a consideration, but it doesn’t have to be the featherweight option.
I am already a setup to load 300 WM which is another reason. I don’t really want a new caliber due to how tough it is is to get certain things at the moment.