OK, I've been lurking around here watching and learning about the B&M series of cartridges for some time now.
As most know, I am a hard core Blaser shooter because I am very fond of the rifles, have proven them to me in the fields all over the world and they offer the best variety of cartridge selection a lefty can ever get.
That being said, I really wanted a big bore, something over the .40 or .416 variety and can't get that in my R93 and I didn't want to invest in a new R8.
Guess after looking over many options for myself in the .458 family of cartridges, I chose to have a .458 B&M made on a lefty Win 70 Classic rifle.
Finding a WSM rifle at a good price in a cartridge that I have less than NO use for (7mm WSM) was easy.
Then many e mail conversations with Michael regarding his cartridges resulted in my rifle going off to SSK for the conversion.
I got my dies and brass from Michael. Which is someting that even as a fairly advanced reloader, I'd never want to pursue myself.
Now the rifle is in hand. A beautiful job from SSK I might add and I have to find time to get some reloading done so I can get this rifle outside for a proper work out....
All I can say is Michael was great and very helpful throughout the entire process. SSK was also very reasonable and easy to work with. Delivered the custom project in much less time that you normally expect for such a job.
My experience began by reading all about these cartridges on AR and other sources. Guess that's a good thing about the internet. Not many places you could get this much information on such a unique family of cartridges.
I'll happily carry my 458 B&M in Moz chasing Cape Buff on my next trip!
DWright From AR
I'm not exactly a newbie when it comes to handling and shooting rifles. But I got the opertunity to actually handle one of Michaels 16" barreled .50 B&M short mag Winchesters today.
I had seen pictures of it, but when I pulled it out of the box and unwrapped it, I was surprised at it's shorter than expected carbine like length.
This has got to be THE sweetest handling rifle I have ever had the pleasure to shoulder, period!
With it's short barrel it actually feels extremely well balanced and comes up fast. WAY fast!
Damn, I forgot to set it on our postal scales and weigh it, but it is very light. Walkin around the shop with it in my hand it felt about like a little '94 Win. carbine, BUT with a big hole in the front end.
I'm gunna go shoot this thing in the hills on Wednesday at a variety of ranges from 10 yards, to about 500, and would be happy to report how that goes if there is any interest.
Hmmm, not sure I can wait that long. . . . . .
Tiggergate (AR Forum Member)
That is a very well thought-out family of cartriges. You have given the WSM and WSSM actions final justification for their existence!
Dentist (AR Member)
These are the handiest big bore rifles I have ever seen.