i am looking for a lighter-weight alternative to my ruger mkII 338wm which w/ doctor optics scope weighs in at 9.5 lbs or so. i don't want to sacrifice power or bullet weight if i don't have to and am looking at mainly the 350 rem mag and 338-06. it seems like most bang for buck, but have read prof./dr. murphy mention 350 wsm beats both easily in the performance/efficiency realm.
given all this it appears that cost for each would be:
350 rem mag in ruger mkII stainless - weighs only 7lbs can be purchased nib for $450 or so, with 1.5 x 5 leupold under 8lbs. ammo is available from remington and conley precision ( i don't reload....yet)
338-06 - only production rifle appears to be expensive weatherby ultralight at $1,500. the apparent lower cost alternative appears to be purchase a nib 30-06 gun/action/stock (i like crf and cost of rugers) and have action reworked and new barrel to 338 caliber. here ammo is still available from weatherby and conley precision (i still don't reload...yet). not sure what cost would be here--$500-700 above new gun cost for conversion work?
350 wsm - purchase nib 7mm or 300 wsm gun/action/stock and have action reworked and new barrell to 350 caliber. ammo only available from licensed reloader. not sure what cost would be here--same as for 338-06 conversion above?
anyone experienced with cost of conversion and or comments?