I'm sold on the 325 WSM as an all round hunting rifle. I recently owned a Kimber Montana in 325, but sold it because of bolt bind. This is because of the design. If you lift up on the bolt while quick cycling, the bolt binds. I've asked enough Montana owners to know they're all this way. I even had a Smith look at it and said there was nothing to be done about the binding, and said one just had to remember not to lift up on the bolt while cycling.
OK, I can train for that... but, because the Montana has a long degree throw, there's not that much room between the scope and the handle- so quick cycling a second round got just that more complicated. Plus on the Montana the scope has to be mounted a bit higher and I prefer lower mounted scopes. So in haste I sold the rifle... but now sort of regret it and feel perhaps I should have put up with these negatives. I really liked how light the rifle was, how well it shot and felt in my hands.
Well, I have a lead on another Montana 325. But I'm kind of torn between the Montana and a Stainless 325 Browning X-Bolt. The Montana is semi-custom, the Browning all factory. The Browning weighs a bit more- 5 to 6 ounces I think, (which means I can use a heavier scope on the Montana and still keep things lighter). When I read X-Bolt reviews most are very good and this factory gun seems like it's just right from the factory. I like the short 60 degree bolt lift, the box magazine, the 23 inch barrel... of the X-Bolt. But the X-bolt is a bit heavier- no big and I could carry a 10lb gun all day... it's just a heavy gun is more noticeable, where with a lighter rifle I pay more attention to the hunt. On the other hand I do not like Fly-Weight rifles either. 7 to 7.5lbs seems just right to me.
Both the Montana and X-Bolt are priced alike. With the Montana I feel like I'm getting more of a custom job at a bargain. With the X-Bolt a modern factory gun that most likely cycles rounds better than the Montana. I doubt either would be a mistake and I'm leaning towards the Browning. But dang... the Montana keeps calling!
All thoughts to help me decide is much appreciated. Over the years I've hunted with most rounds- my favorites being 338 WM, 300 WM and 375 H&H. For my hunting interests I have the idea a 325 would do it all from deer to Moose out to 400 yards... but in a handy lighter package.