I have been looking for a Remington Sendero in 7mm rem mag for awhile now. I found a couple of 7mm STW's, but have never shot an STW before. I had a friend that had a Ruger #1 in 7 STW and he got rid of it because of the recoil. In a Sendero weight rifle, is the STW going to have much recoil? I have shot several standard weight 7 mags, and I shoot a 9.5lb 300wsm now. Any advise or experiences? I enjoy shooting alot, I just don't want to get something that will end up having me flinch all the time.
I own a 7mm RemMag Sendero (original style, non-fluted) and it kicks plenty to me. It's right at my threshold for recoil. I had a .300 WinMag and it was a bit much. I developed a flinch and had to start over with the smaller cal's.
I'm 5'8", 175lbs, and I would love to have a 7STW but I know it's too much for ME. Recoil is a relative thing, different to each of us. I know this isn't a definite answer, but I'm not sure there is one. Johnny K.
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The best thing is to shoot something that has near the same kick level, or shoot the round you want to get. Recoil is subjective and everybody is different. I have shot 7 RM, 7 STW, 300 WM, 338 WM, and 300 RUM, all sporter weight rifles. None have muzzle brakes or any kind of special pad. I am 6'1 138 lbs, and I have no problems shooting any of them off a bench or in field positions. I love shooting my 300 RUM so much that my barrels toast, about 1100 rounds in 2 years. I have not developed a flinch, just got use to the kick, and I went in with the mindset that, "yah its going to kick, but I cant be scared of it". Just hold it tight in the pocket, and let it rock ya back. I have been scoped 3 times, laying prone with stout 220g bullets, but I did not let that get to me. Recoil is different to everybody though and everyone has there thresholds. I would say the recoil would not be bad in a sendero weight rifle, but thats just ME. If it turns out to be to much, put a limbsaver and it should cut it down to at least a 270 or so. Performance wise, you could probly add another 100-200 yards with the advantage going to the STW.
like everyone has said, some can take more than others. I had a sendero 7ultra that beat me to pieces. I would not want that recoil again, but someone else may love it. It gave me a wicked flinch that I am still trying to get over.
I have a Bansner built UR-1 in 7 stw, with a #5 lilja (I think) 26" plus a brake, it weighs 8.5# with a 6.5x20 leupold in loopy mounts, and a pachmeyer decellerator pad. it recoils lee than a rem model 7 in 6mm.
I also have a stock rem 700 7 rm that kicks worse than the stw does, alot worse!
Like everybody else said , recoil is subjective. But I will say that it has alot to do with your body size and shape , a smaller lighter shooter generaly will not get the painfull smack that a larger shooter does as the recoil will move the smaller shooter around where as the larger shooter has more mass to suckup and absorb the recoil letting you feel a little more.
But like it was said recoil is subjective , I'm a pretty big boy at 6'3" and around 300lbs in the off season , recoild doesen't realy bother me to much but some guns stock shape will cause some disscomfort.
If you can't find a 7mmrem mag then give the 7STW a try worst case you have to have a brake put on it but first try a new pad the new SIMS pads help alot , I use them on all the patrol 12ga I put together for local LE guys now they say it helps alot with full house slugs or #6