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Unread 01-01-2012, 11:44 PM
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600-800yd hunting rig

I'm getting ready to build a new rifle to shoot deer/elk out to 800 yds. I plan on picking up a clone 700 and a 24" barrel from either Hart or Kreiger chambered in 7 WSM. What are your thoughts on this chamber for this task? I would like to stay in a short action but I'm open to anything.
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    Re: 600-800yd hunting rig

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    I'm getting ready to build a new rifle to shoot deer/elk out to 800 yds. I plan on picking up a clone 700 and a 24" barrel from either Hart or Kreiger chambered in 7 WSM. What are your thoughts on this chamber for this task? I would like to stay in a short action but I'm open to anything.
    I JUST posted this on another thread, recommending the 7wsm!!!

    Which caliber?

    Toss up b/w Hart and Krieger. I have both barrels. Only thing I'd change is barrel length. I'd give the short mag a bit more tube to work with. My minimum is 25" and if/when I get a 7WSM it will have 25, 25.5, or 26" tube on it.
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    Re: 600-800yd hunting rig

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    I'm getting ready to build a new rifle to shoot deer/elk out to 800 yds. I plan on picking up a clone 700 and a 24" barrel from either Hart or Kreiger chambered in 7 WSM. What are your thoughts on this chamber for this task? I would like to stay in a short action but I'm open to anything.

    Id choose a Stiller action; Jewell trigger and a 24" barrel from Brux chambered for the 7mm Rem Magnum ( NOT a short mag)
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    Re: 600-800yd hunting rig

    I just put together a 7mm SAUM on a long action Remington with a 26" #5 Kreiger. I get 2950 fps with a 180 Berger VLD using 66.0 gr of Retumbo. Either the SAUM or the WSM will work well for your purposes. A long action would allow you to get the most out of the cartridge with heavy bullets.

    Dan
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    I just put together a 7mm SAUM on a long action Remington with a 26" #5 Kreiger. I get 2950 fps with a 180 Berger VLD using 66.0 gr of Retumbo. Either the SAUM or the WSM will work well for your purposes. A long action would allow you to get the most out of the cartridge with heavy bullets.

    Dan
    180VLD launched at 2950 will kill elk at 1000yards and deer at 1400.

    For the OP, that means your 7wsm running the 180VLD at 2800 will easily kill deer and elk at 600-800yards.
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    Unread 01-03-2012, 11:32 AM
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    Re: 600-800yd hunting rig

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    I just put together a 7mm SAUM on a long action Remington with a 26" #5 Kreiger. I get 2950 fps with a 180 Berger VLD using 66.0 gr of Retumbo. Either the SAUM or the WSM will work well for your purposes. A long action would allow you to get the most out of the cartridge with heavy bullets.

    Dan

    Dan-
    Did you test H-1000 and/or H4831sc in your SAUM? I'm building a SAUM but was going to test those two powders before Retumbo. Of course, your MV w/ Retumbo is very attractive for a 26" barrel (my barrel length).
    thanks for any comments.
    -James
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    Re: 600-800yd hunting rig

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    Dan-
    Did you test H-1000 and/or H4831sc in your SAUM? I'm building a SAUM but was going to test those two powders before Retumbo. Of course, your MV w/ Retumbo is very attractive for a 26" barrel (my barrel length).
    thanks for any comments.
    -James
    Here is all of the info I have:

    New Nosler 7mm SAUM brass; 180 Berger VLD; 210M Primer in all loads. .015" into the lands (3.040" OAL). Temperature was 45 degrees.

    Retumbo
    64.5 gr 2869 fps
    65.5 gr 2925 fps .40" @ 100 yards
    66.0 gr 2950 fps .36" @ 100 yards

    H1000
    64.5 gr 2917 fps

    Reloder 25
    61.0 gr 2781 fps
    62.0 gr 2811 fps .566" @ 100 yards
    63.0 gr 2890 fps .485" @ 100 yards

    I didn't experience sticky bolt lift on any load.

    My plan is to play at 300 yards with 65.5 to 66.0 gr Retumbo and seating depth.

    The rifle specs are as follows:

    Remington 700 LA
    Krieger 26" #5 contour; 1:9 twist; 5R rifled barrel
    McMillan Remington Classic stock
    Burris Zee rings and mounts
    Leupold 6.5-20x50mm LRT with standard plex crosshair and M1 turrets
    Remington Trigger
    Beartooth Products cheek piece

    Gunsmithing by Louisiana Precision Rifles


    I hope that helps. Please post anything you come up with.

    Dan
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