Re: 7mm STW Brotherhood - For those who shoot the 7mm Shooting Times Westerner
Welcome to the brotherhood DeltaHog, and congrats on the rifle you just stole. I'm betting you will soon find this to be one of your favorite places on the internet. Most of the guys here are far more experienced than me, but I thought I'd throw in my .02 anyway. I have only owned 2 7stw's, neither have a brake and the recoil has never bothered me. I know everyone is different and every rifle is different so you will soon find out about yours. I found my upper end is a 338 win mag with hot 250 gr loads in a Win M70. Tolerable but not enjoyable off the bench. My 9.2 lb Sako 7stw kicks a little harder than my Win M70 classic in 7mmRem mag, a little less than my 300 Win. Strangely, the felt recoil from my 8.2 lb 7stw seems noticeably milder, about that of a 7RM or less. I can only attribute it to stock design. It has a Bell & Carlson Alaskan with a Decellerator pad on it. If you ever decide to restock yours, you should consider a B&C. Personally I would never hunt a rifle with a brake, unless it was one of those that can be removed and capped. As far as scopes are concerned, I've always been a Leupold guy, and I'm currently using one of their 4.5x14x40 CDS models. But I am considering a Zeiss Conquest 4.5x14x44. You can get target turrets for it scribed to match your load & conditions. I also really like the Vortex scopes, but like all good tactical scopes, they are pretty heavy and because of my hunting style, I want to keep my newest stw as light as possible.
Again, welcome & congrats on the gun!