A wife is a powerful force and especially if she is a good person and has done a whole lot for her husband through the years. Well, Nancy has been that kind of person so she has a lot of power just because of who she is. I have spent a lot of money on trades and the last two custom builds (257-300Wby and 270-300Wby). She ask me not to builld or trade any more rifles for this next year. I said, I need a close up short rifle for Mississippi. She said, "OK, buy it but if you would, please keep your total cost under $1200.00 for rifle, scope and reloading dies and leave it at that for this year." So in light of my situation of wanting a standard thumper among my inventory, and I can't build one because of my agreement with Nancy (Was going to build a short 375 H&H). I needed a cartridge to do the short thick stuff. After much debating in my mind I have decided on the following. I have purchased a Remington Mod 7 CDL in 350 Rem. mag.. The Mod 7 CDL has iron sights on the barrel and I will be using a 2-7x35mm scope. This I believe will handle my Mississippi hunting being a short rifle that handles easy in tight places like in pine woods, uderbrush thickets and hard wood bottoms and is easy to operate in a tree stand. It will be good on deer and hog in Mississippi and also will be good for black bear in the ponderosa forest in the mountains of Arizona and the juniper thickets along the Eagle river that I hunt in the mountains of Arizona. I also think this 350 Rem Mag along with my 257-300Wby, and 270-300Wby as the three main rifles will allow me to hunt in any terrain from deer to bear. If the rifle does not give me 1/2" to 3/4" groups I will glass bed the stock, and freefloat the barrel. I am going to seal the inside of the wood stock against whether. This rifle, scope, bullets, brass, dies, and powder will cost me $1190.00 total. This does not come close to what I have spent on the other two rifle builds and then you add, bullets, dies, powder and such.
In studying the 350Rem mag to make up my mine it seemed to me that the 350 Rem mag case compresses more from the rear and not as much from the sides or the sharp angled shoulders as longer cartridges do. The short 350 Rem Mag is highly efficient and with WW748 out performs the 35 Whelen with 225gr bullets and does it with a 20" barrel even though their case capacity is all but the same. Charles Morgan who comes to our shooting range has been loading for one and gets 2712fps across the chrono with WW748 and 225gr Accubonds. Once again illustrating how the short not to fat not to skinny cases are more efficient powder burners. This will also allow the barrel life to not be an issue at all since the column of powder compresses more from the rear of the case causing less broken and un-burned powder from cutting the throat which shortens the life of a barrel. Two other powders, IMR4320 and IMR4895 are also powders that produce great results in the 350 Rem Mag when using 225gr bullets. As I have mentioned I have bought a Rem Mod 7 CDL in 350 Rem Mag and will use a 2-7x35mm scope on it. It will be a handy and powerful short mag rifle for pine woods, juniper thickets, and from tree stands while at the same time being light, easy to carry when spotting and stalking and can be brought to bare quickly on short up close shots with a whole lot of thump and not to much recoil. Pushing a 225 Accubond bullet at 2712fps with 59.2grs of WW748 gives 3673ft pounds of energy at muzzle and still has 2000ft pounds of energy out to 360yds. Sight in 2.7" high at 100yds, zero is 225yds and -6.3" at 300yds, hold on top shoulder good on deer size game out to 390yds. Yes, this will fill a nich in my inventory.