Ladies and Gentlemen, This is my maiden voyage on LRH as a member, so please excuse me if I screw this up. I need a winter project, and I want to play with a Savage rifle "build." I say "build" because I want to keep this somewhat simple and cheap, the main goal here is to get a rifle that is different, efficient, budget conscious, and to learn a little bit about gunsmithing. I won't bore you with how I got here, but long story short, I want to re-barrel a Savage rifle. The original intent was to re-barrel a Savage with a Shilen barrel chambered in 28 Nosler and ream the chamber/throat with the intent of firing the 195 grain Bergers. However, after TONS of research, I decided am not ready (skills/knowledge wise) for the length issues that arise with the 28 Nosler meshed with the 195 grain Bergers. The plan now is to build a 300 WSM on a long action with the intent to fire 212 grain Hornady bullets. I believe I have checked most of my boxes, I am 100% sure I am missing a few, but I think what I have in my head right now will go BANG. Ok, lets get to the actual question. I have a few leads on donor rifles ranging from 270 Win, 30-06 sprg, 7mm Rem mag, and 300 Win Mag. My main question revolves around the magazine issues. The idea behind building the short mag on the LA is to be able to seat the 212 Hornady's at an O.A.L >3" while retaining the ability to mag feed. However, will I have to do any complicated magazine work to properly feed the short mag cartridges? I was thinking I will just have to change the follower (and the bolt face if I purchase a 270 Win, 30-06) am I wrong? One of the rifles I am looking at purchasing is a top bolt release, but with a detachable mag (7mm RM). With regards to that particular rifle, what would I do to convert the detachable mag to 300 WSM, but still be a long action magazine (due to the desire to have the ability to mag feed a longer O.A.L than standard SA's)? Should I target a model with a detachable mag? Or for this particular build would it be more simple to target a rifle with a hidden mag? BTW, I am a hunter. The intent for this rifle is to be shot enough to become highly competent with the rifle, but most of this rifle's usage will be on my back or in my tent while hunting. The idea was to build a 300 WSM capable of firing 212 grain Hornady bullets at a MV of at least 2800 FPS (26" match Shilen barrel). Thanks in advance for all of the help. I really, really appreciate it. Happy New Year everyone! CTL God Bless America. God Bless the 2nd Amendment. God Bless those that defend both!