Am I the only one who has bought a new rifle knowing from the git-go that it wasn't really the top one on my list when I started my quest.
I have had a 325WSM on my mind for a long time and a week or so ago I bought a Savage Whitetail Hunter in that caliber. There is not a thing wrong with this Savage other than I'm not satisfied. The gun is just not me! Its all cammoed up from head to toe. I figured I could live with that but I can't. It is just a bit barrel heavy and I figured I could live with that too but I can't. So I took it to the gunshop and sat it on the shelf knowing that there is a certain someone who is already wanting it.
My quest started over looking for the perfect (for me) 325 WSM. So I went over my qualifications in my mind knowing already what they were before ever buying the Savage.....blued steel, walnut stock with cut checkering, control round feed, a swing safety and light enough for an old fart to carry! Considering that I have enough so-so turds sitting around here that I need to sell anyway, I didn't figure price into the qualifications.
I typed 325WSM into the search criteria on Gun Brokers home page and went looking. After a short bit of scrolling there it was....a Winchester model 70 classic Featherweight in 325WSM. I had no idea that they were even offered in 325WSM. It is brand new in the box and had a "Buy Now" price of $700, so "Buy Now" is what I did. It not only meets all of my qualifications it fills a void left long ago when I sold one of my all time favorite rifles, a pre 64 Featherweight in 243 because I was going to be a daddy and had no insurance.
Now I'm fully satisfied(as far as the 325WSM is concerned anyway).