Originally Posted by MudRunner2005
Yep, those who have never owned or shot an STW will never truly understand its greatness. It truly is King Author's Excaliber with the 168+ bullets. Mine shines thumping the 180's downrange.
Based on barrel life of several others on here, it appears you could get significantly better if you take extreme care of the bore and throat.
I've got 500 or more shots on my current 7stw with zero visible throat wear. 400 of those shots are documented on targets in my shop. My rifle was bought used a year and a half ago. My 7rum was tired to the point accuracy was falling off in just over two years and 600 shots.
It's all how you flog these beasts; I had a bit to much bench time on the 7rum for the caliber it is. As a comparison, I'd hazard a low guess of 1400+ rounds (likely more) on my former stw and the last group fired with her was .4" at 100 yards. The rifling origin was shallow but she still shot well. Both my current stw and my old 7rum wore blued barrels, and the old stw was a sendero sf.
Your use dictates what you'll need. If you aren't needing the extra power, go with the 300win, etc.. If you need to step up, the 300rum is a heck of a cal..
I just picked up a lh stainless 7rum with unknown round count. I can still see the milling marks in the origin, which tells me it's under 100 rounds or so. I'll be sure to say when I fry this pipe out as I'll be looking at a replacement barrel. I'm guessing I'll get 500-800 rounds from her depending on the thrashing I give it.