Originally Posted by pyroducksx3
I am considering the stw. The smith states for some reason the stw only gets about 50 or a little more fps with the 180 but seems to have a better advantage using the 168. He uses one also and has rebarreled it like 9 times he shoots it so much. I already reload and have the 7 RM Redding competition 3 die set but I'm not counting out the stw yet. I'm going to be waiting for a take off barrel from him or a customers barrel that he has done that has good life. I just have the $$ to get a custom barrel new yet so I will have him blueprint the action and get a quality take off barrel. Hopefully by the time that burns out I'll be ready to drop the money on a new custom barrel. So because I have the dies already and money being an issue (200+$ just for dies if I go stw) I will go 7 RM but who knows we'll see which barrel becomes available first
Well I'm not sure what loads he's using but you might want to do some reading up on it. The STW has about 10% more powder capacity than the Rem.
As for take off barrels check the classifieds here and watch gun broker. Sometimes you can pick one up in good condition for a couple of hundred bucks.
Heck you can get a new barrel from Kreiger for about 300-400.00.
Just checked my Hornady Load Manual and you should be able to easily get 200FPS faster with the same 180gr bullet out of the STW vs the 7 Rem.
Personally I really don't see the need to go with the 180. I've shot the 139-152's in the hornady interlock and interbond clean through some really big hogs and Elk certainly aren't any harder to penetrade than a big boar.
You can really make those weight bullets scream with the STW too !