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.