I love my 7mm Rem Mag setup just as its shown here, but if I could change one thing about it … I’d get a shorter, thicker barrel. The 27″ gives me more velocity than I really need. As my barrel wore in more, I was eventually getting 168gr bullets at 3140 fps out of the muzzle. As long as I’m over about 3000 fps, I think the ballistics are still great (just my opinion though). I’ve shot just under 1,400 rounds through the barrel, so I’m actually getting it set back right now and decided to take 2″ off of it. So my new barrel will be 25″, and I’m anxious to see what velocities I will see out of it. If I was ordering a new barrel for this rifle today, it would be a 24″ Medium Palma unfluted.