Re: Remington M-700 Sendero in 7mm Rem. Mag.
I hunted with the new Sendero last week, shot a javelina with the rifle and a nice turkey with a new 870 turkey gun and their latest turkey load. The javelina was one shot, the turkey took two since I missed the first shot at about 25 yards. Guide said to wait till he makes some kind of turkey sound, gets his neck extended. I did and shot right over him. He took off like he was shot out of a canon, I just shucked another round in and let fly - fortunately that shot centered his head. He was a Rio Grande type turkey.
The real test for the Sendero was on a Nilgai bull and I have to tell you that although the rifle did its part, we could not find him. 246 yards standing head-on, I had watched him come across a big clearing to a water-hole for about twenty minutes. Time to go prone on the Harris, sandbags at the butt. Rock steady. 160 grain Swift A-Frame in a Rem. factory load, shoots excellent in this rifle. USO 1.8-10 scope set on ten. Bull was standing head-on, I put the crosshairs low on his neck. Estimated 9-10 inches of drop since the bullet dropped 6" at 200 from a 100 yard zero. Time to go through the basics, breathing, trigger control, crosshairs were rock still. Broke clean, he dropped like a stone, kicked a bit. I reloaded and stayed on him but could only see top of ribs as he fell in a bit of a low spot. This is where I blew it - I should have run closer and got a clear second shot. Or got up on the sticks and hit him again. I didn't and really regret not thinking that way. He got up, fell hard and I thought it was done. Not so, Nilgai are incredibly tough. He got up and headed to the bush wobbly, I missed my second shot. We searched for a long time in ugly heat, way too hot for me as I am not used to the humidity and 95 degree heat that day.
Have not lost an animal for a long time - not a good day. It happens, my mistake was not ensuring more hits - simple as that. They are not like most N. American animals, they are just tougher, take bullets differently. Only sure shot is a nervous system shot which I did the previous week with the T/C Pro Hunter.
I believe I may buy the Sendero, it is one sweet rifle. If I do I may get it skim bedded but it is shooting near or under the 1/2 inch mark now with ammo it likes. Nothing wrong with a 7 Rem mag. although I prefer my .308's since I use them so much.
Wish this was a better story but it happened. Next time I will handle the situation different.