Looking to do my first custom LR build and looking for some advice.
Hoping to end up with 1000 yd hammer at around 15 lbs all dressed out with a nightforce and bi pod.
I have in my possession a stainless LH rem 700 in 300 RUM as my starting point.
I am planning:
29-30" Lilja #6 or 7 barrel (fluted)
CSR muscle brake
Nightforce scope / rings / base / ACI etc....
I already have selected a builder and have some guidance from builder, would like some more opinions.
Most importantly, caliber. Thinking 338 edge, Lapua, or perhaps even staying with the 300 rum. The 338s are more than I need, but I would assume would give me a better barrel life with less over bore. Open to suggestions here, as long as brass forming is reasonable I may consider it. I will hand load whatever the final choice is.
Stock: something in the $300-500 range. Nothing too pretty as I do not want to be scared to use the gun, would love a Russo, but I would be terrified every time it was out of the safe. Something reasonable to use in the field, prone, as well as from a bench, and something LH. I would like to keep repeater functionality, so bottom metal suggestions as well if needed. Probably leaning toward composite / laminate.
If you really need a 1K hammer, the 7mmSTW loaded with some Berger 180 VLD's, or a .30-378 Wby Mag loaded with some Berger 210 VLD's would be perfect for what you are needing.
I like the sound of your setup so far (minus left-handed part. LOL), but I think you're in the right direction. Not sure of Lilja's contour list, but I know a Shilen #17 is a Remington Sendero contour. I think that contour and weight would be all you'd need with a 28" tube. For the 7mmSTW, a 1:9 twist will be perfect. For the .30 cal a 1:10 will be perfect.
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Originally Posted by WildRose
The 284 is to the STW what a tricycle is to a Ninja.
I'll second the 7mm with 180 gr Berger Hunting VLD's.
My long ranger is a 7 Rem Mag with 28" #19 Fluted 9 twist Kreiger barrel, BAT HR action, Jewell trigger, Greybull stock, Badger Max 50 rings and a S&B PMII 4-14x50 scope. It weighs 13.5 lbs as described. This particular rifle shoots minute of marmot past 1200 yards.
When I find the range limit of this rifle, then I'll upgrade to a .338, but that will be for mile or more ranges.
What do you intend to shoot with your rifle?
Realistically game will likely be hogs and white tail, perhaps aoudad. As I said, this is not something I really need, just something I want. I have 270 WSM that is more accurate than I am capable of shooting already, so I'm thinking .30 at least.
Barrel contour is close to sendero, slightly heavier I believe.
Are you shooting the 165 gr. Matrix VLD's out of your 270 WSM? If not, the 7 mag with the Bergers will put you on a different level.
That said, the reason I would go to a .338 next is the 30 cal. will no do anything I cannot already do with my 7mm.
The heavy 338 cal. VLD bullets are a real step up in BC.