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7mm STW Brotherhood - For those who shoot the 7mm Shooting Times Westerner

 
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Old 11-19-2012, 09:59 PM
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Re: 7mm STW Brotherhood - For those who shoot the 7mm Shooting Times Westerner

Hey guys, I'm just getting started on getting a load going for my stw and would like any input you may have. I started reading the thread, but after about 45 pages I gave up. I bought the rifle a while ago because I have always liked the sound of the cartridge, any M70 is welcome in my safe, and this one had an above average piece of wood. I recently gained access to some hunting land that will allow for the longer shots, so I finally have an excuse to use this beauty


My rifle is a Winchester M70 classic sporter (unfired) wearing a Leupold VX-II 6-18x and a 26" barrel. I've got 100 pieces of new RP brass, Fed 215 primers, H1000 , and some Berger 168 VLD's. I'm ready to load, I would prefer have a good starting point instead of chase my tail in circles burning up materials and my barrel trying to find the right load. I've got load info from Berger and have read about figuring out how much jump a particular rifle prefers with these bullets. If anyone would like to share their load with these 168's and H1000 I would love to hear them.
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Old 11-20-2012, 02:24 PM
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Re: 7mm STW Brotherhood - For those who shoot the 7mm Shooting Times Westerner

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Hey bro can u tell me a good die set to use
I absolutely love my Forster 7mm STW Full Length Die & Ultra Micrometer Seater Set.

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Old 11-20-2012, 02:38 PM
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Re: 7mm STW Brotherhood - For those who shoot the 7mm Shooting Times Westerner

Hunting Report and update.

Well I'm back from hunting in West Virginia and my Remington 700 Sendero SF 7mm STW did not disappoint me.

I went hunting yesterday morning at my Parent's Farm and I shot this 6 point buck at 8:00 am.

It was only an 86 yard shot so it did not test my latest shooting skills. The rack is somewhat small but the buck had a big body and it must have weighted at least 175 pounds.

The last picture is my Dad and the buck.
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Old 11-20-2012, 03:00 PM
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Re: 7mm STW Brotherhood - For those who shoot the 7mm Shooting Times Westerner

Today my Dad and I went to his hunting club and were hunting out of his 20ft high treestand.

I was able to test my shooting skills here because this doe was 230 yards out (checked with my Leica 1200 rangefinder). My Dad told me that since I was shooting so good these days that he insisted on a neck shot at the doe. My Dad was looking through my Swarovski Binoculars at her and when I pulled the trigger she dropped like she was hit by lightning!

I was very pleased with the shot and you can see by the picture I hit her in the lower neck.

I hope everyone else that is hunting or going hunting has a great time like I did and create wonderful hunting memories with your Dad or Children or Family.
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Old 11-20-2012, 03:13 PM
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Re: 7mm STW Brotherhood - For those who shoot the 7mm Shooting Times Westerner

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Today my Dad and I went to his hunting club and were hunting out of his 20ft high treestand.

I was able to test my shooting skills here because this doe was 230 yards out (checked with my Leica 1200 rangefinder). My Dad told me that since I was shooting so good these days that he insisted on a neck shot at the doe. My Dad was looking through my Swarovski Binoculars at her and when I pulled the trigger she dropped like she was hit by lightning!

I was very pleased with the shot and you can see by the picture I hit her in the lower neck.

I hope everyone else that is hunting or going hunting has a great time like I did and create wonderful hunting memories with your Dad or Children.
Nice Shootin Bro .....Glad to see your Dad is still at it
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Re: 7mm STW Brotherhood - For those who shoot the 7mm Shooting Times Westerner

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Today my Dad and I went to his hunting club and were hunting out of his 20ft high treestand.

I was able to test my shooting skills here because this doe was 230 yards out (checked with my Leica 1200 rangefinder). My Dad told me that since I was shooting so good these days that he insisted on a neck shot at the doe. My Dad was looking through my Swarovski Binoculars at her and when I pulled the trigger she dropped like she was hit by lightning!

I was very pleased with the shot and you can see by the picture I hit her in the lower neck.

I hope everyone else that is hunting or going hunting has a great time like I did and create wonderful hunting memories with your Dad or Children or Family.
Gamehawker, glad you got some meat hanging from the pole. Tell your dad that I love his hat and sweater, Awesome!!!
I knew you were going to smoke something in VA. That place is eat up with deer. And nice shot on the doe. That's a decent body size on that buck as well. Every body says the deer are small in MD, and VA. Well let them keep right on thinking that. Like my other brother said, glad you got to spend some time with dad, that is priceless, and worth more than the biggest buck in the woods!!! Keep up the good work.
I will be on my way to MD Thursday nite!!! Can't wait. Happy Thanksgiving buddy.
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Hey guys, I'm just getting started on getting a load going for my stw and would like any input you may have. I started reading the thread, but after about 45 pages I gave up. I bought the rifle a while ago because I have always liked the sound of the cartridge, any M70 is welcome in my safe, and this one had an above average piece of wood. I recently gained access to some hunting land that will allow for the longer shots, so I finally have an excuse to use this beauty


My rifle is a Winchester M70 classic sporter (unfired) wearing a Leupold VX-II 6-18x and a 26" barrel. I've got 100 pieces of new RP brass, Fed 215 primers, H1000 , and some Berger 168 VLD's. I'm ready to load, I would prefer have a good starting point instead of chase my tail in circles burning up materials and my barrel trying to find the right load. I've got load info from Berger and have read about figuring out how much jump a particular rifle prefers with these bullets. If anyone would like to share their load with these 168's and H1000 I would love to hear them.
Stuffisgood, first and foremost, Welcome to the Brotherhood!!! You are in good company here, and info is always flying around on load data, and useful tips and experiences.
It sounds like to me you are well equipped in the gun and scope department, and reloading supplies as well. I was shooting the 168 Berger for a while, but have switched to the Barnes TTSX, TSX, and LRX. The H1000 is a great powder, and your primer selection is perfect. If the 1000 dosen't do the trick, try RL 25, and the same primer you are using. A few of us here have turned to the 25' and have had really good luck with it. It seems as though the speed is better, and more consistent, and pressures are lower.
Your load OAL is going to be in the 3.630 area, as the Winchester box is a little shorter than the the Remys, but believe me, it is no handicap. I to have a Winchester. Mine is a Custom Sharpshooter, and shoots like a dream. Mine will shoot 160 Grand Slams into a knot with 78.0 grains of 25, @ 3.630 all day long. But my load for that gun is 82.0- RL 25-140 partition, with a 215 GM primer. It shoots less than an inch at 200 yards.
You are going to fall in love with this bullet after you figure out what it wants to be fed. I have been shooting this round for about 16 years, and it still gives me goosebumps. But deer don't like it worth a damn!!!!
The Berger info is a good starting point, however it may be a little conservative. I'm thinking if you start around 78-79 grains, that will get you there, and watch for pressure signs, and of course your targets. A chrono is a huge help if you have one. If you don't, get one!! Otherwise you are shooting in the dark. Keep in touch. There are lots of good folks here to help you out a long the way. Nice score!!!!
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