Originally Posted by Lhampton83
Hey all, I'm pulling out the dead horse and want to talk about the powder hog that some feel aren't much better than other 7mm offerings developed prior to the RUM
Facts are I have one,
Remington 700 Stainless with a factory RMEF injection molded stock.
Crisp factory Trigger 2-1/2lbs
Warne Maxima Steel rings and bases - fixed
Leupold Vari-x III 4.5-14 x 50
This is a hunting gun. I do reload, and yes I like to burn powder.
Looking for suggestions that people have done to non - custom guns and have achieved good results. I.e. Stocks, bedding, floating, load data.
Really curious about the Berger 168's
Thanks for any tips.
Well I shoot a very similar rig in my 7 STW.
You do need to do a good bedding job on it including steel pillars. I do full bedding on mine from in front of the lug to the rear tang. Those stocks have a lot of flex to them and this type of bedding takes most of it out.
I also filled the stock below the barrel channel with bedding compound (leaving the barrel completely free floated of course back to the lug) for both added weight and to stiffen it.
It has the old style factory 700 fully adjustable trigger and I did have the trigger honed to take all of the burs out of it many years ago.
It's been scoped with a 4.5-14x44 Conquest Mil Dot Scope for many years and even though it has had a LOT of shooting it's still accurate enough for a one shot kill on a moving bobcat at almost 900yds.
Next year I'm probably going to rebarrel it and go to a 28" Krieger in a slightly heavier than Sendero Taper and I'm going to drop it into a fully adjustable B&C tactical medalist stock.
A cheaper way to go and still have a wonderful stock is to just drop what you have into a used Sendero Long action stock. If you want one I've got a couple laying around and I'll sell you one for what I have in it which I think is 220.00. They are great stocks but for my remodel I'm going to make it a pure dedicated LR Rig with the emphasis on shooting prone or off of a bipod/bench etc.
As for Ammo I've never found a need to go heavier than the 162gr Hornady, and 99% of the medium and larger critters I've shot with it has been 140gr Winchester Supremes and that included some very large boars.
If I were going after Elk at 1,000yds or greater or a big bear I'd probably go up to the 162 interlock or interbond but for everything else I'm fixing to move solely to the 150gr Swift Scirocco because I personally think the Scirocco is the best low drag High BC true hunting bullet on the market. I keep hoping though that they'll start making a 162-168gr Scirocco before too long though as that should be a real long range monster killer.