Originally Posted by bigngreen
The only thing the 7STW has going for it IMO is the cult like following but other than that is has less barrel life and less quality components what's to like?
At 1,500 rounds my sendero 7mmstw was still putting up .3" to .4" groups at 100 yards. I retired it because I wanted to try a left handed rem in stw that I found. This rifle has over 400 rounds on it already and I've owned it a year and a month; I figure to shoot her out in 5 or 6 years.
I've got a 300 win that has well over 1000 rounds on it (probably 1,300 to 1,500) and she's already given up on a couple of loads she loved when new. The rifling looks better than the stw's did, but I believe she'll need a barrel in less than 1,000 rounds.
They are a horse a piece; you get slightly flatter trajectory with your bullets in the stw but you have more weight in the 300 win. I can get 3100 fps with my 24" barreled stw with a 171 barnes match. I have to push a 300 win to make 2950 fps with a 200-- with a 215-220 it's more like 2800 fps. I've had 3 different 300 wins and no 24" to 26" 300 win will break 2800 fps with a 220 without going over pressure. A longer barrel will go faster, sure, but I refuse to haul one of those through the badlands.
Now, the 300 rum and the 7 stw will be a bit closer. I can still walk my 300 rum with my 7stw as far as drop at 1000 yards even with a lowly 140 accubond at 3400 fps though. My 225's leave my 300 rum at 3000 fps loafing (I may try for more but why beat the rifle up). With a 250 yard zero she'll be 220 inches low at 1000 yards. My 7stw will be right at 203 inches low at 1000 yards with a 250 yard zero. Nearly 10% flatter in my pipes is plenty of reason to hunt the 7stw for me.