Well, I have to brag a little bit. I also need to extend my gratitude to the site and those here who I've learned so much from. I appreciate the knowledge and wisdom from those who've replied to the threads I've started in which I asked a bunch of junior level questions. I've only known about this site for about 4 months; I was turned on to it by my dad who kept sending me links to interesting articles and thread posted here. He made to initial jump into the RUM world about 3 years ago and I did the same about 16 months ago with a new Remington 700 CDL in 7mm RUM. If I knew then what I know now I'd have got it in .300 RUM, like he did, but that's neither here no there. In any case I was able to turn what was literally a 4+ inch rifle into this:
This is a group I shot last Wednesday evening after reading, reading, asking questions, and more reading. To date this is the best group I've shot with any rifle ever. 3 shots at only 100 yards but you have to crawl before you walk, and in this case crawling consisted just getting a tight group on paper. The longer ranges will come. I know this because I now have confidence in my rifle. My setup is this: 700 CDL in 7mm RUM, Leupold 6.5 - 20 X 40mm AO, 160gr Accubond in front of 92 grains of Retumbo, Remington 9.5 primer, Remington brass. I'm guessing the speed is somewhere right around 3200fps as we could not get the chrono to work. I'll figure that one out later. In total I've spent about 10 hours pillar bedding the stock (which I consider the $200 a gunsmith would charge a REAL bargain), and about 2 hours sweating over a stock Remington trigger which I have breaking at just under 2lbs. I invested in some good cleaning equipment and a first rate ballistics program. I'm not quite satisfied with the Retumbo, but as hunting season arrived last Saturday I'll go with what I've got so far. I have not delved into the far reaches yet, but I intend to do so this winter and spring. And again after MANY hours reading threads on this site, this next picture made it all worth while.
I got this guy just after he woke up from a nap, 11:45 am last Saturday. After some hijinks with my Dad's trusty yardage pro he was able to range the shot at 367 yards. This is my longest kill. I'm sure that there will be longer ones in my future, but for now I'm very happy that I get to put this guy on the wall. So, to everybody here, a very appreciative and humble thanks.