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Old 09-27-2007, 06:41 PM
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Rem 700 pss

I was wondering if anyone knew the life expectancy of a factory barrel in the rem 700 pss's in 7 mag. I have logged only 358 rounds into this barrel but I have only had the gun since Aug 10, 2007. Once this barrel goes to crap, what would you guys recommend putting on this gun?
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Old 09-27-2007, 08:10 PM
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The 7mm mag should get 1000 rounds easly if its not abused to bad , I have heard of guys getting over 2000 before the accuracy goes down hill , and the accuracy factor is a big part of how long it'll last , if it shoots 1/2" now and it opens up to 5/8" and you think thats not good enough then it may be less than 1000 rounds , but if 1.5" groups are ok then you may get 2000+.

As for the caliber that all depends on what your wanting the gun to do , do you want to punch paper at 500yds or shoot elk at 1000yds? The curent caliber you have is a great round and will take deer out to 1000yds if the accuracy is good with the right bullet. Any of the regular mags like the 300 win , 338 win , 264 win and any of the wildcats off of those cases will work with no mods to the action , you can step up to the Ultra mags with some minor action work like opening the feed rails and bolt face adding a Wyatt's box would be a good idea to.

a 25-300 win mag with a 28-30" barrel , 1-8 twist shooting the heavy for caliber Wildcat bullets would make a good long range paper and deer gun , using good quality brass from Lapua you could probably make 100 rounds last the life of the barrel. If your wanting a bigger hammer for longer shots on bigger game like elk then a 338 Edge or 338 Lapua or the wildcats off of the big RUM or Lapua cases would be a good place to start.

but most of all you have one hell of a good base to start with and it should be an accurate gun , get some 160-180 class match bullets and see what she ikes to eat then start shooting so you can wear out that barrel and help support one of our great smiths here.
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Old 09-27-2007, 09:07 PM
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the gun is preforming flawlessly right now. I shoot the 168 gr berger bullets and it loves those bullets. I am currently shooting .5 inch, 5 shot groups at 100 yds, consistantly. I have punched paper out to 750 with sub moa accuracy but have not had time to go to the spots that I have space to shoot farther than that. I am happy with the gun as it sits but am a little concerned that I will shoot the barrel out way to fast. I will not accept anyting that is not sub moa as good accuracy, I just expect more from my weapons. I have to add that even though these guns come with the aluminum bedding blocks, I have had the pillars and the action bedded by a smith and also had the action hand lapped and trued up by my smith also. I had the trigger pull lowered to about 1.7 pounds and had it pollished so that it is very crisp and clean. I try to do all that I can to have the gun preforming to it's full potential. So far I love the gun and am not looking forward to having to replace the barrel and take a chance on something else. Thanks for your responce and am still looking forward for some more oppinions all of the other very knowledgable persons on this forum. thanks again james.
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Old 09-27-2007, 11:12 PM
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I had the first generation Sendero in 7 Mag and got between 1500-2000 rds through the barrel before I noticied anything funny. Accuracy was still sub-.5" when I traded it for the 700P (same caliber) that I have now. Accuracy was great, most of the time, but it started "throwing" a shot every now and then. I could have lived with that at the range but not on a animal. Seemed like the barrel started loosing compression. If that's possible! Over time, velocity started dropping, even when known loads were used. The first 12-14" of the barrel were really rough and it became increasingly harder to clean. I assumed it was heat cracks. Tried JB Bore products but didn't help any that I saw. Through all that it still shot better than some of the newer rifles I was shooting/sighting in/reloading for at the time.
What powder/primer/brass are you using with that 168gr Berger? Haven't found anything other that the 140gr TSX that mine likes so far. I really had hopes of finding an accurate load with a heavier match bullet for LR targets/an-e-mules.
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Old 09-28-2007, 09:16 AM
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I use 64.9 grains of 7828ssc with a federal lmr primer. I would use the fed gold primers but I cannot find any. I also push the seating depth .004 into the lands and grooves. You shouldn't do this unless the gun has been trued up. It is also not recomended for a hunting gun, as it may result in a bullet stuck in the barrel if you chamber a bullet and not shoot it. That hasn't happened to me but I wouldn't want it to.
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Old 09-28-2007, 11:00 AM
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I also have a good load for the 168 gr sierra matchking. It is 65.4 gr of 7828ssc with the federal lmr primers. I don't know the specific overall length but would be happy to look it up when I get home if you would like. They were shooting about half moa. I chose the berger bullets for the VLD's higher ballistic coefficient, other than that it was an excellent load for the rifle.
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Old 09-28-2007, 11:47 AM
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I shoot the 180 bergers out of mine and it loves them.
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