I was a first time F-Class mid/long range prone Open class shooter last year.
Travis built a 7mm Rem Mag for me....it made a rookie look good
I'm a firm believer it's the shooter not the rifle....but in this case...first time competitor...rookie moves at the reloading bench...not much time for load development...etc.... it was very obvious especially on the days with "tougher" conditions (i.e. blowing wind flags over), that the 7mm mags are very tough to beat in the hands of a competent shooter.
IMHO...the scale tips to far in terms of recoil if looking to run a big thiry or 338 vs the 7mms. JMHO though.
It's now my first recommendation when someone is looking at a 600+ yd capable gun for paper.
7mm Rem Mag + R Bros magic reamer/throat design + 180 Hybrids = 3050-3100 fps from Retumbo with RWS brass out of 27-28" barrels.
Getting ready to try Viht N570 with this case/bullet combo....
Run the numbers. It's an impressive combo. Additionally...if you run the numbers on a 2800-2850 fps 300 gr Berger...the wind drift numbers are nearly identical. So you compete/practice with a 3050-3100 fps 180 Berger all year long..... and "learn" wind calls, that translate to when you "hunt" with your 2800-2850 fps 300 gr Berger. Bam! Boom! Doesn't get any better than that!
Off the shelf Redding Type S / Comp dies.
Brass a plenty. RWS stuff is tough and top notch.
Just a thought.