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Need help from the 7 mm STW boys

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Unread 10-09-2007, 03:54 AM
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Try the 160 AB seated to just touch the lands, with around 83 or 84 grains of Retumbo. This will give you 3200 to 3250fps. H1000 also works but you'll get more velocity out of Retumbo. The 160AB holds up much better than the 140AB, I have shot hundreds of big game animals with both at ranges from up close out to 800 yards or so and the 160 AB is a superb bullet at STW velocities. For dedicated long range work in excess of 600 yards I'd rather use a better BC bullet like the A-Max, SMK's or Bergers, but for all round use there isn't a better bullet than the 160AB. The TSX's do loose their petals and pencil thru with closer range hits as someone mentioned above, so I don't use them in any of my ultra velocity rounds anymore. They're great in the medium velocity rounds and make them capable of killing things bigger than you'd expect.
I've been lobbying Chuck and Mike at Nosler to make a 175 or 180gn 7mm AB which will be an even better allround bullet in the 7mm RUM and the bigger wildcats, but I ain't convinced them yet. You guys in the US need to ear bash them as well and we'll get them one day!
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Unread 10-09-2007, 07:37 AM
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one thing you need to know about stw's, if you wanna shoot game from close range to the limits of your ability, there is no 1 bullet that will do it, ballistic tips are great bul;lets at below 3300 fps, above that unless ya hit bone they will pencil through, hit the shoulder and they separate.
My solution is I shoot an accubond and always aim to break the offside shoulder, after watching the response of hundreds of deer, I think this is the best course of action. the ballistic tips do well past 300 yrds, but at 50 they really suck at 3550 fps.
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Unread 10-09-2007, 12:36 PM
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Just keep trying the Reloads .

that is the Fun part of breacking in an New rifle .

You will Find out that the 7 MM STW will be one of fyour best Rifles .


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Unread 10-09-2007, 09:33 PM
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Thanks fellas have to work some up. I love the gun just trying to find the best combo.
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Unread 10-11-2007, 08:01 AM
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I was shooting the 150 grn SMK and had one put a very large hole on impact shooting pigs in Texas. This was a really close shot at about 80 yards and I just clipped the shoulder guard. I am trying 140 grn Acubond bullets at the moment but was wondering if this was to light a bullet. i mainly shoot whiteail and pigs with the occasional coyote that gets to close.

With this cartridge would a larger bullet be more usable?
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Unread 10-11-2007, 02:57 PM
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My Sako STW gets fed 140 gr accubonds w/ 71.5 gr IMR 4350, Mag primers. This gives me about 3400 fps. Smokin' round!
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Unread 10-11-2007, 04:58 PM
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I would love to help but unfortunately I am shooting factory Fed 150gr Nosler SB loads in mine for the time being. Hard to argue with groups around 1/2" at 200yds. I have shot a few hogs with them as close as 40 yds and didn't blow them up, and I was completely expecting it.

I have worked a bit on loads and want to shoot the 160gr weight just haven't settled on which one. I am however taking notes, so keep them coming. I have a ton of powder and primers to play with, just need the time and weather to cooperate.
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