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

 
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Old 01-23-2013, 10:36 PM
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Re: 7mm STW Brotherhood - For those who shoot the 7mm Shooting Times Westerner

Thanks for the info. Not currently reloading but highly intrested! Any preferance on a press? Single stage or progressive? Looking to shoot white tail 400+, not incredibly long but trying to get my foot in door.

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Old 01-23-2013, 10:38 PM
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Ben, what stock, and optics are you going with? Russo? McMillan? HS? Man, I went on Russo's website the other day, and boy, he has some BEAUTIFUL stuff. Exotics, laminates, you name it.
On your Kreiger barrel is a 5 land, or six. It seems as though the the 5 r is quite the rage recently. Did you go with a heavy contour? I'm sure it will be shooter, you have all the goodies to do it right! keep us posted! Sounds good so far!
I'm thinking of going with Manners on this one. I just became a dealer for them so I may as well try it right? I'm still debating on the T2, T3 or MCS-EH3. I'm all over the place and can't make up my mind. I own a few HS's and love them and I have a McMillian and like it too, just going to something else to spread the assortment out. I might end up with 2-3 different stocks for this rifle.
I got the 5r rifling, not because I wanted it or didn't want it but I was able to get my hands on a Krieger and not wait until next year to get it. Just worked out that way. It's a #15 Standard Palama contour, double straight taper
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Just got my frist stw, 700 ation,1-9 hart barrel,bell and carlson m40 stock. Have shot double tap 140's with decent results. What my opions for this caliber?
140's are light for this caliber. With the 9 twist you can shoot even the heaviest bullets.

Double Tap has some 160 Accubonds that should shoot well for you if you wish to keep shooting factory ammo. HSM also loads the 7mm STW with a 168 Berger VLD. I haven't shot the latter but generally HSM is decent factory ammo.

If you'll stick with the 150 or higher weight bullets it should perform better and better for you. If you are going to start reloading I'd say look at the Hornady Interbonds, Interlocks (elk) Swift Sirocco and Nosler Accubonds and just find a bullet that shoots well then tweak your load until you find the sweet spot.
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Thanks for the info. Not currently reloading but highly intrested! Any preferance on a press? Single stage or progressive? Looking to shoot white tail 400+, not incredibly long but trying to get my foot in door.
There are lots of good single stage presses out there made by Lee, Hornady, RCBS, Redding and others. I've used hornady and Lee as well as RCBS forever for different applications and they all work fine.

Hornday and Redding are probably the best when it comes to dies, with RCBS being close behind.
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There are lots of good single stage presses out there made by Lee, Hornady, RCBS, Redding and others. I've used hornady and Lee as well as RCBS forever for different applications and they all work fine.

Hornday and Redding are probably the best when it comes to dies, with RCBS being close behind.
I use all three as well. The redding is by far the top of the line, but it's also the most expensive. I like the hornady dies, but not the dementions that hornady runs on their sizing dies for the most part. they're all on the extreme edge of the minimums. The seating die on hornady is great for an inexpensive die too. For a novice reloader I would not reccomend a progressive press, nor for someone wanting to do multiple calibers and not tons of volume (less than a few hundred here and there)
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Old 01-24-2013, 12:58 AM
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I use all three as well. The redding is by far the top of the line, but it's also the most expensive. I like the hornady dies, but not the dementions that hornady runs on their sizing dies for the most part. they're all on the extreme edge of the minimums. The seating die on hornady is great for an inexpensive die too. For a novice reloader I would not reccomend a progressive press, nor for someone wanting to do multiple calibers and not tons of volume (less than a few hundred here and there)
For anyone wanting precision from their rifle I just don't think there's a progressive press on the market that can be trusted.

You can set up 2-3 three single stage presses and weigh each load (powder charge) on an automatic powder scale and still crank out a lot of ammo in a short period of time.

I never do a complete full length resizing even with FRS dies so the tolerance on the Hornady dies has never been an issue for me.

I load separately for each rifle and will set my dies accordingly for each of them. I just size to the base of the neck and then back off about 1/8-1/4 of a turn. I'm almost bumping the shoulder but not quite.
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I'm thinking of going with Manners on this one. I just became a dealer for them so I may as well try it right? I'm still debating on the T2, T3 or MCS-EH3. I'm all over the place and can't make up my mind. I own a few HS's and love them and I have a McMillian and like it too, just going to something else to spread the assortment out. I might end up with 2-3 different stocks for this rifle.
I got the 5r rifling, not because I wanted it or didn't want it but I was able to get my hands on a Krieger and not wait until next year to get it. Just worked out that way. It's a #15 Standard Palama contour, double straight taper
Ben, a #15? What does it weigh? It must look like its suppressed!

I don't mind a heavy gun, I think if your gun is too heavy you should probably golf. I'm just curious on this rig. You are from Southern California, would you take this up Whitewater Canyon?
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