I would, too - but first I'd make sure that they feed from the magazine from this rifle. They may have opened up the feed rails on the underside of the action for the WSM-sized cartridges, and they may be too wide to keep the 7mm/08 cartridges corralled in the magazine box. The bolt face diameter may also not be right. I don't think that the Model 70 bolt face is recessed like a Remington, but it's worth checking. You wouldn't need to re-barrel the rifle to find out if this would work - just try some of the cartridges you plan to re-barrel to and see if they work, before spending the $$$$ and getting a big surprise.I would go with 7-08 for a reliable cartridge.
mostly hunting cow elk for the freezer as I bow hunt for bucks & bulls"IF" you define your intended purpose, hunting (what game and how far) or target shooting, and of course consider what you already have in your inventory (i.e., 6.5 PRC) it might help you in your decision-making process.
35 Whelen makes a great point, is the rifle bedded and free floated?I have a 270 WSM Winchester M70 lamented stock (not feather weight), I shoots grate, glover leaf groups. A lot of guys have had good luck bedding their stocks and greatly improving their rifles accuracy. I think I'd give hat a try first.
Haaa, I think you are very astute, my friend, I've found the ideal round, and Yes its the old reliable 7mmRem Mag. I've had two rifles in that caliber and not once have i had a problem. Very consistent, and reliable.I have a 270 WSM in a winchester featherlite I bought it new right when they came out with WSM line it never shot good & had feeding issues so I have long since moved on from this rifle. I got thinking I might as well build something off this action so I am looking for some ideas on what cartridge to go with I'd prefer to go with something that has good availability of quality off the shelf ammo wouldn't want to go smaller than .243 or bigger than 30 cal. I already have a 6.5 PRC so it's out of the running
You did not indicate what you intend to hunt/use this rifle for. I have a .270AI, essentially a .270 WSM, that I believe is one of the best cartridges on the marke it today. With the .270 WSM there will "probably" be "off-the-shelf" ammunition for the round. If you reload there ought to be components, brass especially, at a reasonable price (depending on cartridge brass can cost $1.00+ a piece). If you go with a wildcat you will have to make your brass, that means custom dies ($200-300) and an annealing system a minimum investment that can run up to $1000+. Lastly there is the variable of the "feed rails" that oftentimes gets left out of the equation. Those super short cartridges can run into some serious feeding problems, not saying this is the case with all of them, but.....that potential is there. I have a really nice BLR that I rebored from .308 Winchester to .358 Winchester that ended up with a feed problem. The .308 is the parent cartridge for the .358, but that small difference in case dimensions, like .020 thousandths, has give me nothing but a PITA. So......as a result I have a very nice rifle that sits in the safe because I don't trust it to feed properly. If this were my rifle I would spend money on a premium "26 inch" barrel (to get all the performance out of this overbore cartridge), a blue-print job on the action, a good trigger or a trigger job, and......perhaps a new stock if you feel you need/want one.I have a 270 WSM in a winchester featherlite I bought it new right when they came out with WSM line it never shot good & had feeding issues so I have long since moved on from this rifle. I got thinking I might as well build something off this action so I am looking for some ideas on what cartridge to go with I'd prefer to go with something that has good availability of quality off the shelf ammo wouldn't want to go smaller than .243 or bigger than 30 cal. I already have a 6.5 PRC so it's out of the running