I recently inherited a model 70 in 270wsm. I recently sold a 280ai, and have been kicking myself since. My question is, should I sell 270wsm and look for a LA to build, or convert 270wsm into something like 7wsm or another 7mm flavor?
The 7mm SAUM appears to duplicate the performance of the famous 7mm Rem Mag long action on paper. The thing that I discovered (accidentally) with the long action 7mm Rem Mag is that it uses the same magazine length as the 300 Win Mag.
Fact of the matter is that the 7mm Rem Mag is a shorter case than the 300 Win Mag. This allows you to easily seat long VLD bullets out to the lands and get proper functioning through the magazine. This let me work up loads using Berger 168 VLD's and Barnes 168 LRX and just get some stupid accuracy. (.50 - .90 MOA 5 shot groups)
I have posted this build here before and even though I have a couple of guns that cost more than double this one, my 7mm Rem Mag is still my "go to" sweetheart hunting rifle. I use it for everything I can afford to hunt on the planet.
- Rem 700 action (trued)
- Shilen #5, Select Match, 26" barrel, crowned (no brake)
- McMillan Hunter stock, pillar/glass bedded
- McMillan BDL bottom metal
- Jewel Hunter 1# trigger
- Swarovski Z5, 3.5x18x44 scope with 4W reticule. Just got it. Awesome.
No matter what flavor you decide on, you will have an awesome rifle at the end of the day as long as you are patient and whoever does the work is competent. Speaking of patience; all the barrel manufacturers are 8 months out, McMillan takes 5 months to build a stock, etc. It took me a year to build the rifle above.
Have fun with it!