So the story starts out with my brother and myself getting into a car accident where the barrel of my rifle was bent about 45 degrees. My synthetic stock also shattered and I plan on getting a wood replacement sometime soon. After some research, I've decided to build a 300 wsm for I already have another savage model 99e in .308, so please don't preach to me about different calibers and what not. Thanks Ideally I would like to be able to buy a new barrel and stock, piece them together, and be able to head out to the range, but the fact that my vehicle was just totaled and I'm in this situation as of right now I doubt it's gonna be that simple. So any info, tips, and advice would be greatly appreciated. A few questions I have: 1. I understand that my rifle has a short action on it (the reason for the short magnum) but will I need to buy a new bolt because of the wsm round? 2. I'm not an experienced gunsmith, so will there be any work on a lathe or other machinery required, so will I need to take it into a smith? I'm not trying to build a high quality competition grade rifle, just a nice hunting rifle that I can depend on. So: 3. In the end will I just be wasting my time when I could simply spend the same amount of money on a new rifle?