When I purchased my Sendero, I had the choice of the 7 STW, or the 300 WM. I chose the WM for the virtues everyone knows to be true.
Greater range of bullet sizes and choices, a proven performer, and an extremely accurate cartridge. I crunched the numbers, and realized that anything the 7 could do, the 300 could do better. The 7 might exhibit some better ballistics within a certain weight of bullets, but hey, that goes without saying. I load bullets from 110 grain Speer spire points at 1800 fps and 3600 fps, to 200 grain partitions. Soon, I'll up the ante to 240 grain Sierras when I get this heavy gun built.
The 7 is very close to the 300, but it has to operate in a smaller window. I chose the 300. The 7 is seductive, but for me, the 300 is a no-brainer.
BC? A couple clicks on the Nightforce will dispel any discrepancy the the 7 fans will spell out.
I have a 7RM that is a 1/4" tackdriver. Do I need a 7 STW? I have a 8 mauser, that with a 200 partition knocks their dick stiff out to 300. I'm building a better long tool, and the 7 RM is my walkaround accuracy machine.
There's nothing wrong with the STW, but I think it shines with the heavier bullets.
Thanks for asking.
The great 7 vs 3- debate.... gotta love it
The main reason I got into 7mm's is time of flight; the 7stw and 300 win are so close to the same output wise it's not even funny but the stw has a bit lower time of flight so it's a bit better if you want to kill something that may move on you.
I have a 7rem, a 7stw, a 300win, and 300rum and all are great rifles. If I had to go to one it would be the 300rum as it can get the time of flight down with 180's for deer hunting and still hammer a 225hpbt at 3000fps and change without working up a sweat. I don't have to make that choice so I'll stay with the 7stw and both 30's with a 7rem around as a pop-can gun.
Please don't take this thread as a freebie shot at advertising, but my brother and I are in the process of starting up a small sporting goods shop and one thing that has stuck in my mind for the last few years was the slow dying of the Sendero/VSSF line.
A local wholesaler/shop, Grice's, is well know for working with manufacturers to bring out unique non-catalog models from time to time. The thought in my head at the moment would be to work with Grices to make a special run of Sendero's and VSSF rifles that have remained popular since the line came out, but were dropped by Remington for one reason or another.
The calibers I was planning on offering were the 222, 6mm, 25-06, maybe a 280 AI, and the 338 RUM. Lately, Grice has been limiting the number produced to the caliber, so it would be a one of 222, etc. venture to keep interest high, and without having a lot of overhead in the project for anybody involved. Granted, only the 06 and RUM were regular production models, but I feel the others should have a shot in the lineup as well.
Do you guys on here think that this would be a successful venture given the calibers that will be offered? If this truly proved to be successful, I would like to move on with other out of production models on a limited basis, like the old BDL Varmint Special line.