Originally Posted by angus-5024
STOP!! do not buy anything but a trigger!
You have a very capable cartrige, go shoot it before you make the plunge into a semi-custom!
When I bought my first rifle (other than what my father gave me) I went straight to a .338 WBY and then a .338 RUM.Ill tell you this "300 grain bullets aint cheap!".
I now how several other rifles and get my fair share of LR trigger time, but for the first three years of my LR shooting endevor I was broke, and trying to buy bullets at more than a buck a pop was making it worse. I live in Canada so its pricier yet, but you can still shoot that 7 Rem alot cheaper than a .338 of any sorts.
I shoot a .280 REM also. heres a quick comparison.
.338 RUM brass- $68 CAD. bullets/50- $54. powder- around 95grains.
.280 brass - $28 to $40 (for the good stuff). bullets/100- $38. powder- around 60 grians.
If the barrel you have now shoots good or even OK, shoot it till its COOKED!
Good point. Just put a good trigger on it, have it floated and bedded and shoot the hell out of it.
7mm Mag is more than enough gun for 95% of hunters and what they are capable range wise.
By the time a guy has shot a 7mm Mag enough to wear one out he may have just had enough practice to do justice to a more customized LR rig.
If it shoots well at all after trigger, floating, bedding, the next step up might be to move to a better stock than whatever factory stock this came with.