Originally Posted by Asquared
I am brand new to the group and very new to long range shooting and hunting, so forgive me if I say anything that does not make sense. I have lived in Pittsburgh the last 4 years and have recently moved back to southeast Idaho. I am looking forward to hunting this fall but realized it has been a while since I have had to make a shot at over 200 yards. I began to investigate long range shooting and am quickly becoming addicted. With that little background finally here is my question.
I have a stock Remington BDL 7mm mag.
My Goals are to have a gun capable of a decent group at 1000 yards (target shooting not hunting).
What upgrades can I do to my 7 mm mag? I would like to have a DBM, (any ideas on which is best) and would like to upgrade the stock to something that is more tacital like the McMillan A3-5, (with stock barrel?)
Or should I just buy a .338 laupa? I thought that since I was a beginner I should upgrade the 7 mag first, I just don't want to put money into it if its money that could go into a new one.
Welcome to what will soon become an addiction.
As for not making sense, hell some of us have been around a long time and have trouble making sense LOL.
Basic upgrades CAN (but don't always) really improve the accuracy of a factory rifle.
Free float the barrel, install steel/aluminum pillars and have a good bedding job done. Depending on the market in your area that can be done for around 200.00 or less.
Figure out what your top end is in your budget for glass. Then save up 20% more and get the very best quality scope you can possibly afford.
Start reloading or working with a custom loader to come up with a round that really works well in your rifle.
If it's not shooting 1 MOA or better have it pulled apart and trued.
Upgrade your stock to a good McMillian, or other solid composite "custom" rifle stock. There are a half dozen or more really well respected stock makers in the US and any of them can make you a great stock. One of the newer on the scene is Texas Precision who came up with a great design that McMillian is making for them.
After a few years and lots of practice it'll be time to rebarrel. Go with a custom maker like Krieger, Brux, or other well respected maker and have one of our long range specialty guys who advertise and participate here do the work for you.
When you do that, upgrade to the 7mm STW and join the rest of our clan LOL.
If you get competent to 1,000yds you may want to build a big .30 or .338 so you can kill monsters from 1,000yds on with confidence.
Once you get above the .30 cals though the guns get bigger, heavier, more expensive and so do the ammo/components and when you start stretching beyond 1,000yds with any of them you will need to go with real premium glass. Making that last step gets expensive.
Have fun though and get yourself hooked.