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Old 08-15-2013, 06:07 PM
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Updating an old STW need input

It's old but probably has right around 100 rounds down the tube.

It started out as a 700 BDL 300 Win Mag in the late 1980's then Layne Simpson's 7mm STW article came out in Shooting Times Magazine and after I read it for the 10th time I sent the rifle to Lija for a 27" #5 contour barrel and muzzle brake.
I added a Brown Precision Pre-Finished Stock, Timney trigger set to 2 pounds and its been that way since 1990 except for a scope update or two.

I will be using this rifle mainly on out of state hunts where we cover lots of open ground usually in a shooting house or in a double bull blind so weight isn't a consideration:

Here is what I am thinking:

I want to get the receiver & bolt trued.
Re-use the old but barely broken in Lija barrel.
A new McMillan Remington Hunter or Lazzeroni Sporter stock and have it pillar bedded.
New machined steel tactical bottom metal.
Bolt fluted and a tactical bolt handle installed.
Cerakote bolt and action

I am wondering about putting in an extended magazine box to allow for a longer COL with the 210 Berger's and also if I should add an aftermarket recoil lug like the Holland or Badger?

Hoping for your input, ideas and suggestions

Here's the rifle in it's current state: (these will also serve as my "before" pics)





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Old 08-15-2013, 08:09 PM
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Re: Updating an old STW need input

How's it shoot now?? You already have a pretty good setup from the looks of it. A couple of years on it just adds character.
My pop's 7stw is the same sans a scope change is it came from remmy dang near 15 years ago; it's going mule deer buck hunting along with my lh rem 7stw this fall.
A good coat like ceracote will add a bit of corrosion resistance to your action; I wouldn't mind it on my blued rifle and may just do it if/when I replace the barrel years from now. I wouldn't mind a stainless barrel and I don't really care for the blued/stainless contrast. We pillar bedded my stock and it helped, but bedding the recoil lug added a bit of stability too.
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Old 08-15-2013, 08:16 PM
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Re: Updating an old STW need input

About 1-1.25" at 100 but I want to be able to reach out and touch one at 500-700 if need ever arises.
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Old 08-15-2013, 08:26 PM
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Re: Updating an old STW need input

What's your load?? I'd think of putting up a few $ on getting to know the rifle before I cut her up my friend.
I've been working with my current rifle for a solid year and a half and I think she's finally good enough to go out for blood. Both loads and chasing the occasional issue with the wood stock, loose rings, etc.. Finally settled on a load that my last stw was using for years.
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Old 08-15-2013, 08:54 PM
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Re: Updating an old STW need input

If you don't want the rifle, I'll gladly take it off your hands and get her shootin! LOL

I agree with Lefty, get to know the rifle, try lighter or heavier bullets to see which one it likes. Handload for it. Work up a load and figure out what it prefers.

That rifle should be shooting 1/4-1/2 MOA @ 100 yards...
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Old 08-17-2013, 01:05 AM
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Re: Updating an old STW need input

I started out with 8mm Rem Mag brass before there was factory STW brass and it was more work than i had time for so I went to factory loads, I have shot 5 different varieties and best it will do is 1" with the HSM 168 VLD's
It needs a new stock and bedding and I just don't know if I want to spend the money for a stock and decent bedding job and not go the rest of the way and do the action right away.

I am set up much better for reloading it now & have factory brass to use. Plus after that many years of service I think it deserves an update
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Old 08-22-2013, 02:56 AM
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Re: Updating an old STW need input

I'd say that's a really nice looking uncluttered long range rifle you have there. If it was me I would see what can happen with some time spent reloading for it. If nothing else to get a base line as to the maximum accuracy that the rifle had prior to the rebuild.
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