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Old 04-20-2012, 11:53 PM
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What do I build?

I recently acquired a Remington 700 in 7MM. Id like to build a light longrange rifle, but I'm torn between a 7mm saum or a 7MM. I know I want a 24in barrel with a 1 in 8 twist to shoot 180 grain Burger VLD. Nothing is set in stone yet, and would really appreciate any suggestions or recommendations anyone may have.
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Old 04-21-2012, 12:31 AM
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Re: What do I build?

Depends on the prurpose of the rifle. For an all purpose rifle I would do a 300 winchester. One of my primary backpack rifles is a 300 winchester 24" barrel. If you are stuck on a 7mm do a 7mm wsm or 7mm Dakota on your 24" barrel. Those two are the best choice for top 7mm performance in a 24" barrel.
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Old 04-21-2012, 11:24 AM
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Re: What do I build?

I'll be using it for hunting Coues deer. I want to stay with the 7mm's. I'll do some more research on the Dakota and the wsm thanks
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Old 04-21-2012, 01:39 PM
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Re: What do I build?

Forget the 300 winchester then. A bit much for coues deer. Here is your issue. You want a lightweight long range rifle with a 24" barrel. Long range for a lightweight 24" barrel rifle is going to put you max maybe about a half mile if you are an exceptional shooter with outstanding form. Light, short barreled rifles are very difficult to shoot to 800 yards. Now you want to build with a cartrdge that performs well with excellent efficiency out of a 24" barrel and choose a bullet for it that performs best under 800 yards. The 7mm wsm performs well in a 24" barrel. I would match it with a lighter, faster bullet. The distance the 180 grain begins to beat out the lighter bullets is way beyond the capability of your rifle. You want to match a bullet that gives you top capability within the performance of your rifle.
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Old 04-21-2012, 11:38 PM
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Re: What do I build?

I'd suggest a 7WSM or 7-300WSM on a long action, #6 fluted barrel, and one of Darrel Hollands hunting stocks, a McMillan HTG, or a Manners Mcs-T.

If you want a tad lighter and handier, go with the 7SAUM on a short action, same stock choices, and a #5 barrel.

Run 180's in the above.

For more horsepower, or the run the New Berger 195, look at the Dakota, or 7-300 Win Mag.

Have fun!!
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Old 04-22-2012, 01:02 AM
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Re: What do I build?

Thanks for the information it sound like I need to do homework . Would you guys recomond a 26" barrel instead ?



Just to give you guys a little info on me . I currently shoot a custom 300 RUM which I love . I have harvested 4 deer between 600-850 yards so can shoot a little. I hand load all my bullets and spend a lot of time behind my rifle.

Thanks Carlos
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Old 04-22-2012, 10:17 PM
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Re: What do I build?

Barrel length depends on a couple factors. The cartridge, bullet, powder, and the use of the rifle are factors. As a rule, I start with 27" barrels for the WSM, 25" for the SAUM. Going shorter will give up a bit of velocity, but makes for a handier package.

When a customer wants to hit a specific weight, I suggest a shorter heavier barrel over a longer lighter barrel. Ultimately, build the rifle how you like it. We can make it perform.
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