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Need a barrel, a smith and some direction

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Old 02-01-2011, 04:13 PM
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Need a barrel, a smith and some direction

I'm looking to blue-print and rebarrel my rem 700. It is a bdl lefty in 7mm mag.
I have replaced the stock with a H-S Precision sporter, and had a local smith dial in the trigger to 2.5 lbs.
So now I'm wondering if I should order a barrel (which I understand could take a while to get), or should I send my barreled action to a barrel manufacturer and have them true and install. Or should I find a gunsmith first and have them figure out what barrel to order.
Might also want to get skim bedded.

Right now I'm thinking of staying with the 7 mag as it would be the cheapest and I have quite a bit of experience reloading this cartridge but.... If I wanted to go 7mmSTW how much more would it cost to get the Wyatt's extended mag installed. Or say I wanted to go with a 7 or 300 wsm as I've read are sweet in a long action. What would that conversion likely be? Open bolt face, anything else for it to feed out of the magazine?
This is my first semi-custom build and want it done right but cost is important. Any suggestions?
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Old 02-01-2011, 09:06 PM
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Re: Need a barrel, a smith and some direction

The bolt face will be fine for any of the cartridges you mentioned. I like the short mags on long actions as you get to seat out further and can get the chamber setup to maximize that. The feed rails may have to be tweaked a bit for good feeding.

What are your goals with the gun?

I would pick either a WSM or RUM case and skip the belted mags but this is absolutely just MY preference. The 7RM or 7STW can still be made into great rifles.

Kirby is close to GreatFalls and you can save yourself a lot of BS with shipping and packing by using a "local" smith. $50 shipping both ways will probably cover the gas.
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Old 02-01-2011, 10:17 PM
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Re: Need a barrel, a smith and some direction

Bartlien barrel, and call Kevin cram at MCR. cant go wrong.
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Old 02-01-2011, 10:58 PM
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Re: Need a barrel, a smith and some direction

The extended box mas run around 150$ and i think its worth it. Lots of great smiths out your way. I would compile a list from the smith available her and start sending email making phone calls. Bounce your ideas off of them see what they say and how long its going to take base your decsion off that.

7mm RM is a great round only advice I have is to keep the barrel long at least 26" and its just my personal prefrence.
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Old 02-01-2011, 11:00 PM
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Re: Need a barrel, a smith and some direction

Take a look at Lilja barrels. They might have one of their in-stock barrels that would fit your bill. If not, they can make any one you want in about 12 weeks. You keep your money in Montana and I don't know of a better barrel maker.

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Old 02-01-2011, 11:02 PM
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Re: Need a barrel, a smith and some direction

Talk to Rocky at Gateway sports in Four Corners. He just built me a 6.5-06AI a couple of months ago and it is getting close to shooting in the .25s. The other close gunsmith that is real good is Gentry in Belgrade, gentrycustoms.com.
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Old 02-02-2011, 12:07 AM
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Re: Need a barrel, a smith and some direction

Thanks everyone for the responses.
Gunwalker, I did go talk to Rocky today. He has done 2 remington trigger jobs for me including this rifle. They are now great triggers but a little spendy I thought. He quoted me a good price for truing, rebarreling, and bedding. He said 90 percent of the time he uses Shilen barrels. Probably 3 month wait on a barrel unless I find one. He said he could have my build done by June or so.

Gr8whyt, I do like the Lilja idea and will look into it.

The rifle is going to be for hunting antelope deer and elk out to 800 yards or so. I want it lighter and handier than my Sendero. I am thinking a 26" #5 fluted contour. I want to shoot 160-180 gr bullets. Probably go with a 1-9" twist.

The smith I talked to said it really wasn't worth the cost of doing a STW unless I went with at least a 28" barrel...so that will have to be another build! I forgot to ask the smith about going with a WSM. I wouldn't mind getting out of the belted magnum but I've not minded it much. Would I get 7mag velocities in a wsm in a long action? They seem to have about the same case capacity. I shoot my hunting rifles too much to go with an ultra mag.
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