First and foremost, I am not a proponent of one of these calibers or another. I simply wanted to see what the real differences were and why most everyone who views these threads chooses to shoot the 7STW. From just a numbers perspective, I see that the RUM has the ability to have higher muzzle velocities, so is barrel life something that comes into play then? Just curious and I'm hoping to learn a little bit about the STW
I chose to shoot the 7mmSTW 11 years ago, before I ever knew this forum existed. I worked in an outdoors store, and I had a fellow employee that worked with me, who had a custom one made. I shot it and fell in love with how flat shooting and smooth the recoil was for how big of a cartridge it was. Plus, I was already a huge proponent of the 7mm calibers since I was about 12, when I got my first bolt-action deer rifle, which was an old Ruger 77 stainless skeleton stock mountain rifle in 7mm-08, and I put the whompin on quite a number of deer for those years I used that rifle. Then I jumped to another Ruger 77 stainless skeleton stock in a 7mm RemMag. LOVE that caliber, even to this day, my main deer rifle is a 7mm RemMag. I still have both of those Rugers, BTW...They're just sitting in the safe these days. Occasionally I bring them out and warm up the bore at the range. After I loved that 7RemMag so much, the guy at the outdoors store came up to me and said, "Hey, since I know you like 7's so much....Check out my new toy..." And handed me his newly finished 7mmSTW that he had just picked up the day before from the gunsmith (we both use the same gunsmith). So we took it to the range the following Sunday and shot it. Man, that thing was sweet! So then I decided to start thumbing through our (the store's) Bangers and Ellett Brothers catalogues to see what all Remington 700's were offered in 7mmSTW. The only one listed at the time was the Sendero SF. So I told the boss I wanted to order one for myself. He said that was cool with him. The rest is a long story (some of you have heard the rest), but I got it, and over the last 11 years have learned to love that cartridge more and more, discovering new things I can do with it at different ranges. The flat trajectory is phenomenal.
Soooooo, that's how I ended up with a 7mmSTW. And after discovering it's abilities, I have no need for a 7RUM. The STW is already harsh enough on throat erosion, and the RUM is supposed to be worse. After all these years or shooting and not keeping track of my round count, I am bummed that I probably only have 1/2 my barrel life left....But it is what it is. Barrels will always wear out...That's part of life.
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Originally Posted by WildRose
The 284 is to the STW what a tricycle is to a Ninja.
Location: Leominster mass, originally Salisbury Maryland
Re: Why 7STW over 7RUM?
MY, best take on it is, the STW is SHOOTABLE. I have been shooting this caliber since about 1997 or so. About two years ago, I bought a 7 RUM, brand new, just to see what all the hoopla was about. I found it to be finicky, never mind the muzzle blast. By the time I finally found a load that it would shoot consistently, I was less then 80 fps faster then the STW, and a lot more powder burnt to boot!
My bottom line all boils down to the fact that you CAN have TOO much of a good thing. I feel that the STW is about as much overbore as a 284 diameter can be, and still remain SHOOTABLE. Any more is just more fuss, WAY less barrel life, and muzzle blast .
Everyone has their thoughts, those are mine, but I have lots of company. And, I haven't seen any websites, dedicated to it either! Imagine that!
AIM SMALL,MISS SMALL. 7 STW
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