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Old 06-16-2014, 03:30 PM
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7STW vs. 300WM for elk hunting rifle??

Seriously considering a 7STW for my next custom hunting rifle - what are the pros/cons with the 7STW versus a 300WM??

Rifle will be used out west for elk & mule deer.

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Old 06-16-2014, 04:16 PM
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Re: 7STW vs. 300WM for elk hunting rifle??

Cooper 7mm stw.
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The 284 is to the STW what a tricycle is to a Ninja.
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Old 06-16-2014, 08:38 PM
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Re: 7STW vs. 300WM for elk hunting rifle??

Both will do just fine. It boils down to distance and the 300 having more energy and able to send heavier bullets. In the last few years we have taken literally dozens of elk with the 300 win. Never tracked a one. I have no complaints.

The introduction of the 215 Berger Hybrid was a breath of serious long range life for the 300 win. Pretty darn impressive in the wind and took my largest bull to date.

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Old 06-16-2014, 09:38 PM
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Re: 7STW vs. 300WM for elk hunting rifle??

do you like red or green apples?
these two rounds are very similar with the 7 liking to speed out there a bit more and the 30 liking to toss a heavy slug a bit more. You could beat yourself up on specifics but when all is said and done I'll shoot my 7's for deer and look bigger in bore for bigger critters.

Both are great calibers and I'd actually say to have both in your safe if you've got the scratch to do so.
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Old 06-17-2014, 10:29 AM
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Re: 7STW vs. 300WM for elk hunting rifle??

Start shopping around for the rifle brand you want, in the configuration you want, and see what they have in those two calibers. Maybe you will find something you can't live without.

I really don't think you could go wrong with either cartridge.
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Re: 7STW vs. 300WM for elk hunting rifle??

If you're wanting a Remington 700 action for your STW, I suggest buying one of the new 700 Long Range rifles in 7mm RemMag, and having the chambered opened up to 7mm STW by your gunsmith. While he's in there, I'd have him replace that X-Mark POS with an old style Remington trigger that can actually be tuned, and bed the action, and float the barrel.

Those are a couple of fairly inexpensive modifications, and should help out accuracy.
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The 284 is to the STW what a tricycle is to a Ninja.
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Old 06-17-2014, 10:50 AM
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Re: 7STW vs. 300WM for elk hunting rifle??

I have parts ordered for 2 builds.....have to decide what calibers I want??

BAT HRPIC repeater actions, mag boltface, melonited

McMillan Rem Hunter stocks

2 barrels ordered:

284 caliber = Bartlein stainless 5R, 1-9 twist, #4 contour

30 caliber = Bartlein stainless 5R, 1-10 twist, #3B contour

Timney Calvin Elite triggers

Badger M4 bottom metal, Rem mag box, springs, & followers

Swarovski Z6 2.5-15x56 7A reticle

Nightforce ATACR 5.5-25x56 MOAR reticle

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