Re: hello new to long range hunting
The 7mm-08 is about fifty years old and it's still a very popular cartridge and it's suitable for just about any kind of shooting you'd like to try. I believe the production twist for the Remington is 1:9.5 - somebody correct me if I missed something there.
Don't be concerned about the "cheap aluminum" accoutrements. They don't have much affect on the overall performance of the rifle. As long as they aren't broken or otherwise unserviceable there's no need to replace that stuff on a hunting rifle.
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