Originally Posted by Dano1
I agree that ammo generally is more available (online) for the 7 STW, Midwayusa has 12 loads listed that they catalog, but only 3 are available right now. To add to the problem is the cost ranging from $49.99 for HSM to the other end being Nosler custom listed at $80.99 per 20. This pricing seems excessive and would certainly exclude many people from being able to shoot one like we like to. In the gun shops
up here in Idaho, you cant find STW ammo at all locally, so you must hand load.
I got my 7 STW when components, especially brass) was more available. I got lucky and was able to get 350 brass. I'm reserving 100 for later use. Now it seems almost impossible to get less-expensive (R-P) brass now, and if you want any brass the cost is incredible. For this reason I'm seeing used Ultra Mags as well, on the market.
I fortunately have other rifles who's components are more plentiful, so I shoot them a bit more and use the STW for long range use, since that was my primary goal.
I agree that those who've dumped their STWs are dumb, It's an amazing cartridge. It's long range capability with the Heavy for caliber bullets is incredible. That's why I couldn't possibly part with mine.
Right now and for the last 5 years getting factory ammo for anything has been a challenge and brass hasn't been easy either.
I just don't shop for ammo during the seasons when I know it's going to be scarce. When I do buy, I buy in bulk.
Yes, for average guys this creates some barriers but average guys don't generally shoot anything more powerful than an 06 or 7mm Rem.
For me the STW has just been the perfect all around rifle for nearly 25 years and no matter how many others I own I will always own and shoot several 7mm STW's.
Now when Noser comes out with their 7mm on the 26 Nosler Case that could change, but I doubt it.