Re: 7mm rem mag or 7mm STW
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When shooting hand held rifles, the more recoil there is the harder it is to shoot them accurately. If one of those cartridges fits a 25 to 50 pound benchrest rifle fired in free recoil, then it doesn't matter.
I agree that more recoil will develop poor shooting habits....With that being said, the 7mm STW in a Sendero weight rifle, recoils less that my brothers 7mm Rem Mag in a standard weight rifle. There is about 2.5 lbs difference in the rifles, but the STW does has less felt recoil. I have been shooting 160 gr Accubonds and 168 VLD's through it at around 3200fps and it is very pleasant to shoot. I did read where the STW throat will erode quickly and groups will start to open up. So far this rifle will put 3 shots almost in one hole at 100 yds, just over 3/8" of and inch at 200 yds. I have not bedded the rifle yet, but plan to today. So far, I am very happy with it. Just sent my scope back to Leupold to get target turrents installed, so my shooting will have to stop for a little while. Hopefully I get it back before I head to Montana at the end of the month....was hoping to do a little prarie dog or rockchuck hunting.
It's the recoil that happens while the bullet's going down the barrel (sometimes called 'jump') that makes hard kicking ones more difficult to shoot straight. For starting out, the 7mm Rem. Mag. would be the better choice because it's got less recoil. When its barrel wears out and you've mastered its recoil, maybe you'll want to have it chambered for the 7mm STW. Note the STW's barrel will have about 30% less barrel life than the Rem. Mag. one.
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