I shoot a .308 and love it but next summer I might try to extend my range to 1000 yards. Used to shoot a .300 WM a lot but got tired of the recoil. Thinking about building a heavier gun (14-15 lbs)for hunting out west and using a 300 WSM. Wondered if the barrel life is any better on it than the WM. Also, will 14-15 lbs tame the recoil down. I shoot the bigger magnums ok but get a headache after too many rounds. And last..interested in your recommendation to go with the WSM or stay with the good ol'WM. Or any other suggestions. AM concerned about barrel life.