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Old 06-29-2013, 11:35 PM   #11
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what is weathering?
Weathering = corrosion resistance coating on blued barrel.
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Weathering = corrosion resistance coating on blued barrel.
why not just oil it very well? another thing a person could do and i have done in the past when S/S firearms were not near as common, was to use Johnsen's Paste Wax. coat all the wood and metal with it and when finished hunting do a good cleaning and oiling.

another option that appeals to many are S/S rifles with composite stocks.

i still use the Johnsen's Paste Wax on all my stocks when i refinish them. it's the final step i use in polishing them out.
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If you want to protect blued steel, fluid film works great. It was designed as a snow plow lube, but has hundreds of uses. Firearms are one.

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Weatherproofing of the rifle.

The .300 Win Mag is fine for elk, and the .270 (IMHO) is suitable for anything outside Africa (and Blue Whales).

As the folks deduced, I WAS speaking of recoil. I am not a wimp. I actually have bits of paper that say that. And I have been a rifle shooter for several....decades. BUT-remington-600.jpg

I have a Remington 600 in .308. Looks like it was designed for George Jetson. Weighs 6 lbs, even. It puts marks on me. Really. Serious marks. A 6lb .300 Win Mag would not only knock your fillings out, but we are talking about detached retinas. Having the mark of the scope on your brow sutured. Developing the mother of all flinches.

And after stalking an elk for hours, to miss it because of a flinch is just unprintable here. bad_idea.jpg

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ok, i think i'm either going to buy a new stock for my Rem 700 BDL .270 or look for a lightweight stainless .270 or 7mm short mag.

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ok, i think i'm either going to buy a new stock for my Rem 700 BDL .270 or look for a lightweight stainless .270 or 7mm short mag.
may i suggest looking into Boyd's Gun Stocks? laminates are wood, but very durable for bad weather. so far i have used two of their laminated stocks and have been very pleased. they fit very well, are decently priced and come in many different colors for a variety of different rifles. here's a link to their site.

http://www.boydsgunstocks.com/
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I don't think anyone would call the 300 Win Mag too much gun for elk, but in a 6lbs platform I would much rather be able to accurately place a 308 or 270 then survive a 300 or 338 Magnum. Unless you are one exceptionally tough fella that much boom in that light a platform is going to hurt more then you would think, and if you are that tough I doubt you wound notice the difference between a featherweight and a sporter weight rifle. My featherweights are 6.5x55, 7mm-08, 308, and 30-06, I would not want any in the under 6.5lbs class any harder kicking then the 06 even with a good recoil pad.
Shooting rifles that are painful to practice with is a proven method to developing bad shooting habits, anything that bruises you is simply not worth it IMHO, after all a 243 through the sweet spot is vastly more effective then a 338 Win mag through the gut.

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Apex makes great points on weight and caliber. I have 1 Rifle that some people perceive as a thumper. A Savage 110 Seirra lite 7mm rem mag. It was never bad from a recoil perspective. After I had neck surgery I thought even that would be to much. I desided to try a Limb saver recoil pad, one made to fit the rifle. Felt recoil now is less then my 6.5x55 Swede. You could shoot it all day.
If you want a 7MM mag, I'd pass on the WSM.
With bullet such as the Barnes TSX (use to be the XFB) 140gr You have a 450 yard killer. MV is 3050, although max pushes it to 3150 they just don't shoot as well.

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