The first rifle I ever bought, and for a long time the only rifle I owned, was a Ruger M77 MKII in 7mmRemMag. It's seen a lot of use, and I've taken several moose, caribou, sheep, deer, and goats with it. Due to lots of time outside in Alaska the stock has almost no finish left on it, and the barrel has a few spots where the blueing is worn off or blemished.
Lately I began to pay more attention to really cleaning the bore (I was pretty good about keeping it oiled, but never did more than run a few patches soaked with Hoppe's through it to clean it) and noticed a few things. Accuracy is good for only three shots, and after as few as three shots it takes me about three days (I'm not kidding) to get all the copper out. Also, when I push a patch through the bore there is a spot (the same spot every time, about three inches from the muzzle) where the cleaning rod "jumps" as I push, meaning it gets really easy to push for about an inch.
Is the Ruger M77 MKII action worthy of a new custom barrel and stock? If I get a new barrel I'll probably go with a nice one (recommendations?) so what will this "remodeling" my old favorite probably run me?
Or should I just sell it and buy a new rifle? I'm sentimental, but not all THAT sentimental.
Thanks for your input!