Who would be the best gunsmith to rebarrel a Ruger No.1 Varminter for me if it is practical.
I once had for a very short time a Ruger 1V in .300 Winchester Magnum I found at a steal of a price but I let a friend have at what I paid for it because his was stolen out of his truck (in Wyoming) and being the "good guy I am" and seeing how much he was heart sick at the loss of his favorite rifle I stepped in. I hunted with a couple of custom rifles so I didn't really mind since I had not formed an attachment to the rifle not even having fired it yet. That was almost 20 years ago now. Wow, I had not realized it was that long ago until I started counting back just now. Any way, I'm thinking about a long range Mule Deer rifle and now I only have my old .30-06 and here in the Mojave Desert ranges can run rather long and being I have always had a soft spot for Ruger No. 1s I thought about duplicating a heavy barreled 1V in .300 Win Mag since the factory ones are like finding "hen's teeth".
Putting a custom heavy barrel on a Ruger No. 1 action would made a relatively short rifle. I'm thinking of a barrel no longer than necessary for a .300 Win Mag to maximize the stiffness factor and harmonics of the barrel. I am in to the accuracy over the velocity of the barrel set up and I prefer to shoot heavy for caliber bullets like from 200 to 220 grain boat tail bullets (like the Nosler AccuBond Long Range 210gr. with its B.C. of 0.730).
I used to hike the mountains of western Wyoming east and north out of Jackson Hole hunting Mule Deer and Elk but what doctors said was Multiple Sclerosis took that away from me. Now the specialists are arguing over the exact diagnosis but it still remains in the same neurological family and still kicks my butt physically so that at times I have to walk with a cane and mountain climbing is VERY limited if you get my meaning. So now I have to choose a vantage point carefully for glassing and need a rifle and cartridge that can reach out and touch someone with more authority than my old .30-06. I used to enjoy putting my "longbow" hunting sneaking skills to the test but now I have to use more of my "one shot, one kill" skills.
Anyone have any suggestions or ideas I would sure appreciate them!