Ask Dave: Calibers and Scopes for the Stevens Model 200

I'm looking to buy one of these rifles based on their good price and rating. My only problem is deciding which caliber. I'm leaning towards the .300 Win Mag as I already have a Remington Model 760 in .270. Do you think this gun is too light at 6.5 lbs.for this caliber? Or should I sell the Remington and buy a Stevens in 30.06? What would be a good scope for the .300 Win Mag. I was thinking of a Weaver Grand Slam. Any help with this dilemma would be appreciated.--Ken (via email)

Ken, I used a .300 Win Mag for a number of years and am not a fan. Too much recoil for what it can do, and any 6.5-pound rifle in that caliber will knock you sideways. If you want a bolt-action, I'd sell the Remington and get a Savage in .270. And the Weaver Grand Slam is an excellent choice. Great scope for the money.--DP