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Unread 04-08-2008, 06:20 AM
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Question for those on this forum who shoot a 7mm STW. Do you like the caliber, and how is the recoil ? Does this caliber need a muzzle break ? If you were going to build a custom rifle, would you still chose this caliber over other 7mm calibers ? I have a custom 7mm barrel coming soon and am trying to decide on chambering it in 7mm Rem Mag or 7 STW. This will be my elk rig. Thanks for your responses.
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Unread 04-08-2008, 05:25 PM
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If I ever built a rifle it would be a 7STW. The thing dont even begin to drop til 400yrds with factory ammo. How much gooder can it get?

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Unread 04-08-2008, 07:24 PM
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I agree

I am having a 7rem built right now. I went with a 28" barrel and feel that it will give me the velcoity that I need with a little more barrel life. THat said..If is was building a dedicate elk gun, I would go for a STW with a 28"+ barrel.

Mine is a Deer gun set up for 750 and under.

Look at the bullet you want to shoot and the velcoity you want to push it and see what looks best. I would also look at a 7-300WSM.

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Unread 04-08-2008, 07:28 PM
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my first custom was a 7mm stw and i love it 140 gn bullets shooting 3500 fps into .5 groups whats not to love as far as a muzzle brake goes i've never shot mine with out one so i dont know what the recoil is like but with it it kicks like my .243. i would definatly recomend the 7 stw
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Unread 04-08-2008, 09:07 PM
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Thanks for the replies. My next question is do you have trouble reloading for the 7STW. I was thinking about trying 168g. Bergers, but the COAL is 3.650, according to Walt Berger, and I am having trouble clearing the bottom of my Forester microseater die. Also, don't seem to have any adjustment left on die, screwed all the way down to get the COAL of 3.650. Is anyone reloading 168g Bergers for 7STW ?
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Unread 04-09-2008, 07:17 PM
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I have fallen in love with my 7 MM STW. Loading for it has not been a problem have three different loads that shoot to nearly same POI at two hundred yards. For me it has been the most accurate rifle I have ever owned. If I had to do it again I would certainly build another.
Sorry can't help with Bergers yet. Shooting Accubonds and SMK's
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Unread 04-10-2008, 08:02 PM
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I load the Berger 168VLD's in my custom 7STW with no problems.Those VLD's tend to shoot best just kissing the lands but mine still shoots 3 shot 1/2 in. cloverleafs seated short enough to work thru the magazine. Also has been a great bullet for whitetails at a great variety of ranges.
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