Hi, Kind of trying to keep everyone posted on where I'm at with my Savage. The barrel came in a few days ago, and I already had received the barrel vise from Midway. Changing the barrel took about 30 minutes. The barrel is 27", with a straight taper to .825". I only ran in to two problems. The Choate sniper stock was never designed for a magazine box big enough to hold a 300 RUM. I never knew that aluminum was so hard to work with till I went after it with a Dremel tool. That 1/8" was a pain. The other problem is going to be a little harder. The stock uses a V-block bedding system, and that means that as you tighten down the bedding screws, it kind of pinchs the action. It's no big thing with my other savages, but with this one, it causes the shell ejector rod (bracket?) to bind if I tighten the rear action screw much over snug. It's probabily caused by how much metal they carved out of the bottom of the action to get the cases to clear and feed. I think I'm going to have to fix that one by glass bedding it. However, I at least got to fire it today. Factory ammo, but that will change shortly. I only fired one round because I didn't have the scope mounted yet, and I REALLY wanted to shoot it. Of course, then I got to come home and clean it. It had no copper fouling at all. I then put on the scope and stuck the bipod on it. After filling the grip with 147 grain FMJ's, my bathroom scales say it weighs 17#. That should give me a recoil of about 23#. And now a question. I've got about $200 to spend on a cronograph. Anybody got any recomendations? I'll post more when I get some groups, etc.. Good shooting. C'ya. JP.