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Old 01-02-2014, 01:57 PM
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New to LR shooting. Trying to decide on a build. Heres my ideas.

Hey guys my name is Daniel I live in Estevan Saskatchewan and I just joined the site today after spending the last few weeks reading all over the net. There's some very good info on here (Almost too much to go through).

But like the title says, I'm new into the longer range shooting/hunting. And out of the box I'm not trying to set records. Just trying to learn and acquire some better skills.

After talking with family and friends of mine that are into guns and different calibers, they all have a different idea of the direction I should go. Most of the shooting this gun will be used for is going to be long range (600-800 yds) coyotes. And still be used for deer hunting at closer range.

So with the research I have done myself. I am really leaning towards building a 7mm rem mag. I want to start with a good base so I want to stick with a model 700. But it has to have a detachable mag. So my options are very limited there. Changing out the barrel for what ever action I decide is a viable option and I was liking the McGowen Barrels I have been reading about.

Not having any good gunsmiths close its tough to find out what parts from what places will work good together. IE what stocks would fit a 700 action with an after market heavy barrel and DM. I don't want to order parts and then find out when they show up that things won't go together as smoothly as wanted.

So I guess what I am wondering is what is everyone's thoughts on a 700 in 7mm rem mag for long range. With a 139 gr SST bullet. Ballistics look very good as far as I'm concerned.

Also I like what I've been reading about Vortex optics particularly the 6-24x50 HS LR. Price range is very reasonable for a LR scope around a $1000 up here.
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Old 01-02-2014, 03:29 PM
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Re: New to LR shooting. Trying to decide on a build. Heres my ideas.

7 mag will get what you want done. A little much for coyotes but great for deer. The barrel you picked is good also, i have one in a 300wm screwed to a win model 70. If you want a detachable mag, I'd go with a McGee precision stock. Just my 2 cents.

I also run the vortex optics and love it.
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Old 01-02-2014, 06:43 PM
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Re: New to LR shooting. Trying to decide on a build. Heres my ideas.

Are you shooting the coyotes for fur? How far do you intend to shoot the deer at? I would pick a nice 6.5mm, I have regretted selling mine for some time now! I think for the two animal's you mentioned a nice 6.5x47 lapua would do nicely.
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Old 01-02-2014, 06:59 PM
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Re: New to LR shooting. Trying to decide on a build. Heres my ideas.

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7 mag will get what you want done. A little much for coyotes but great for deer. The barrel you picked is good also, i have one in a 300wm screwed to a win model 70. If you want a detachable mag, I'd go with a McGee precision stock. Just my 2 cents.

I also run the vortex optics and love it.
Thanks for the quick reply. I realize the 7mm is going to be a little over kill for shooting varmints. I just figure the 7mm would make a good all around gun. Nice flat trajectories, You can load it up with a little lighter bullets for the small game. but can also be loaded heavy enough to use for moose also.
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Old 01-02-2014, 07:04 PM
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Re: New to LR shooting. Trying to decide on a build. Heres my ideas.

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Are you shooting the coyotes for fur? How far do you intend to shoot the deer at? I would pick a nice 6.5mm, I have regretted selling mine for some time now! I think for the two animal's you mentioned a nice 6.5x47 lapua would do nicely.
No its not for the fur. More of a fun animal to shoot seeing as how we are over run with them and they r really ruining our pheasant population. As far as deer go I wouldn't want to take a longer shoot then about 400 yds. But it would be nice to know that its still possible if the chance arises. I have looked into maybe doing a 6.5x284. And my dad was really trying to convince me to get a 6.5-06 built. Which I still haven't ruled out either one. I'm just a fan of the 7mm Remington mag.
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Old 01-02-2014, 07:29 PM
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Re: New to LR shooting. Trying to decide on a build. Heres my ideas.

The bottom metal is what you need for detachable mags and that will fit any 700 or stock, just has to be inletted at worse to fit your bottom metal.

All depends on how much money you want to spend.

Stocks vary from $200 stockys stocks (laminated with bedding block) to $700 McMilan, Manners or McGees.

Timney trigger is very good trigger and perfectly acceptable, along with rifle basix or double the money for a top of the line jewel.

here is an example of a inexepensive stock and bottom metal with detach mags.
6.5x47 Tactical on Tooley Orian

Based on the big deer you have there, I see nothing wrong with the 7mm Mag and you can go with lighter FMJ bullets for varmints if you are trying to minimize fur damage.
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Old 01-03-2014, 01:03 AM
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Re: New to LR shooting. Trying to decide on a build. Heres my ideas.

Stick with the 7mm RemMag as it will go to 1000 yards no problem. If it is your first build I would send it to the barrel maker and have them screw it in for you. I would have them true the action at that time if you have the money. Timney trigger is a good investment. The factory stock will get you started. The only other thing is the scope and mount. Spend some $ here as it makes a difference.

7mm has a really good bullet selection with a wide range of wieghts. You cannot go wrong with it.

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