I've got a sporterized 03-A3 with a loose front sight that's been sitting in my gun case collecting dust for quite a while now. Even if it was fixed, I'd still pick up my lightweight BDL Mountain 270 for most hunts. So, I've been thinking about converting the '06 to either 35 Whelen or 338-06 (leaning toward the Whelen). I'd keep the peep sight and use it as a mooser/brush beater, where I'll admit my go-to 270 might be a little out of its element. So, would it be worth it to do a conversion, or should I fix the sight, sell it, and then just buy one of the big '06 variants?
Also, any recommendations for a gunsmith in the Valley with a reputation for doing good work without requiring a limb for payment?
P.S. I'm also looking at bagging this plan altogether and selling off a couple of my dusty rifles and picking up a new BLR take-down in 325WSM. Thoughts?