I'm thinking it's time for a new gun, and have been looking at the Remington Sendero. I'm pretty sure there's some people on this board that shoot them. So I'm looking for some of your opinions and experiences with this rifle.
Good and bad. Have you had any extra work done to the rifle? What about calibre, I've had some interest in the WSM's but I notice that they don't make this rifle available in any short actions, so I'd probably go with the 300 Win Mag.
I have owned 2 senderos so far. my first was in 7mm rem. an older version with matte black barrel/unfluted. this was an extremely accurate rifle. the loads I worked on gave me about a 3" group at 400 yards (ballistic tips) I had loaded Bergers, these were more accurate at 100 yards but I never did get the chance to go out to 400 yards. my current sendero is in the 300 Rem ultra mag. another great rifle. I have not had the chance to really work up loads for this one. however, 2 years ago I set up a coyote target at 550 yards (dead of winter, in snow) and managed to shoot my only 2 shots to make an elongated hole of about 1 inch. personally I think this was all luck but I was happy anyway. I think the senderos are great rifles. I plan on rebarreling mine when it wears out. the only thing I wish I had is a McMillan A5 stock rather than the HS precision but that is just minor.
on both of these rifles I put a Leupold varX-III 6.5-20 50mm long range target. great scopes with plenty of eye relief if things aren't right with the recoil.
try the sendero, you won't be sorry
With a 300 Win MAg sendaro you have an awsome rifle to start with. I would skim bed it and adjust the tirgger. I would also fit a thicker recoil lugg and re crown the barrel just to make sure it is perfect. You should also look at a muzzle break as they help with the recoil and enable you to shoot better. I would do these to nearly all factory rifles just to make sure they are perfect. You can also get a Defensive Edge Adjustable cheek piece if you need one and you will have an awsome rifle. If you feel you want more power the barrel can be rechambered for 300 ultra or re barreled to 338-300 ultra at a later time. I would load the projectiles out and get more case capacity and would be looking at the 210gr and 220gr Sierra's and H1000 with Lapua Brass as a starting point.
Slope, where your neck of the woods are I would go with a 300rum hands down. You can load light with 180's up to big 240's. The only mods I would do is have Shawn Carlock put one of his brakes on and a cheaper than some after market trigger such as a Rifle Basics set at 2 lbs. Do not try to get the factory trigger down to 2 lbs. as it is not safe. Been there done that and luckly no one was hurt.
This would be the cheapest way out to have a serious accurate long range hammer to tackle anything you may want to hunt.
I bought a used 300rum sendaro from a local gun shop in my area for $565.00 a hellof a deal. Had Kirby put a brake on it before I even fired the thing. Everyting I have ever loaded for it just simply shoots lights out and recoil is about 25-06 level.
When Remington first came out with the Sendero I had to buy one.Custom rifles were $1500 to $2500 and I could not see how they could sell for the price $600-.
My first was a unfluted,crome molly in 7 rem mag.And With two different factory loads it would shoot under 1/2 MOA
So the first time i saw a fluted stainless in 7 Rem Mag
I had to have it to and I was not disappointed.
After two more with minor work (bedding and crowning)that were able to shoot under 1/2 MOA I knew they were winners.
As a gunsmith I am impressed with the total package(good stock,heavy barrel,good action and an ajustable triger) with all this going for it I have found only one that could not be made to shoot under 1 MOA .A 300 RUM with a bad barrel.After screwing on a custom barrel we were back in business.
If you decide to buy one shoot it first then bed if nessary
but don,t tighten the bedding screws over 65 inch pounds Then try crowning as a last resort.
And down the road if you want a more powerfull or a wildcat
you have everything but the barrel.
I have one in 300wm, and I love it. The trigger is adjusted, muzzle break, replaced stock with a mcmillan and had it bedded. I don't reload, but it shoots great with Win. 180gr BST. I couldn't justify a custom rifle, and I am very pleased with my sendero!
Hi slopehunter their is a Sendaro Stainless fluted in the for sale section of this forum i would have a look at it you dont have to run it at 100% if you run it at 95% it will have less pressure and still beet the 300 Win by a fair margin.