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Old 09-22-2010, 12:20 AM
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Sendero as a starting point?

Does anyone have any personal experience with the Model 700 Sendero SF II? If so what are your thoughts on it? How did it shoot out of the box and are you finding any/all aftermarket support for it?

I might be looking into getting one in 7mm rem mag so im especially interested if anyone has used that particular caliber.

How do the out of the box fluted barrel, trigger, and bedded stock perform? Basically I'm interested in any possitive or negative reviews of the rifle from my friends here at LRH and if you guys would recommend it as a solid buy for just getting into the long range game.

Thanks so much,
Sean
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Old 09-22-2010, 12:28 AM
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Re: Sendero as a starting point?

I started several years ago with that exact gun so I can give an opinion.

My Sendero II was a solid 1 MOA gun and for the money was a good investment and starting point in the LR game. My only regret was not starting with a Nightforce scope right off the bat.

My Dad bought one at the same time in 264WM that has also been a good performer. The 264 is another good consideration for caliber depending on your goals.

In the end, my gun became a 338 Edge this year and continues to be a good investment....I think you are on the right track.
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Old 09-22-2010, 01:34 AM
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Re: Sendero as a starting point?

I am with 7mm Sendaro, good place to start for a factory rifle.

I've got the short action version, and older VSSF in 22-250. Factory condition other than the addition of a jewel trigger and a NF 3.5-15 scope.

It was a little harder to find the perfect load for (in relation to my Ruger 77 Varminter in 220 Swift) but once I did, it's been an honest 1/2 minute gun (off the bags, good conditions) out to 500 yds, which is the farthest I've shot it at this point.
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Old 09-22-2010, 01:57 AM
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Re: Sendero as a starting point?

Thanks you guys! Since you mentioned you replaced the trigger it just got me wondering if the factory trigger is adjustable at all or should that be one of the costs that I immediately account for in planning my build?

And since we brought up scopes I've been looking around quite a bit at them and I definately have found NF to have a good reputation, but that reputation also comes with a price that is currently outside of my budget.

Im looking more in the $1000 range for scopes and in that range Im looking to get the most scope while keeping good reliability. Ive heard good things about the Vortex Viper PST though Im not sure whether to go with more magnification or more elevation adjustment (I suppose i would need the bullistic charts for a gun i dont own yet to decide).

Thats just another option Ive heard about for glass and if there are any others to be considered/compared or any experience/opinions on the ones mentioned or to be mentioned throw it out there all info is more than welcome

Thanks again,
Sean
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Old 09-22-2010, 02:36 AM
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Re: Sendero as a starting point?

The older Remington triggers could be adjusted, but I couldn't ever get one to go below 1.5 pounds. That was one trigger out of a few. Most would only go down to around 2 to 2.5 lbs. (and still be safe) Rifle Basics offers some triggers that will go less than that and don't cost as much as a jewel. I've got an older RB trigger on my 25-06 it would go light enough, but was/is somewhat inconsistent. The lighter pull you have, the more you notice inconsistence or variance. I am so used to light triggers that I notice just a couple ounces of variance.

I have never seen a Vortex in real life, but there are certainly decent scopes for under $1000 out there. Zeiss Conquest is one that I've got experience with. Mine doesn't have tactical/target turrets however; but the optics are great. Some models may have "target" type adjustments?
Alot of people seem to be buying Leupold VX 3's with the tall turrets, maybe another option.

As for the adjustment range.........depends on the cartridge and how far you plan on shooting it. If your scope is mounted center (doesn't take alot of clicks to sight it in) and you're only gonna shoot out to 800 yds, then most decent scopes have plenty of adjustment range for most calibers. Even my 22-250 w/ a "lowly" 55 grn bullet only needs 19 MOA at 800 yds w/ a 250 yd sight in (according to the balistic program) 600 yds only requires 9 MOA. Bigger bullets/better BC's can get by with a whole lot less.

Hope that helps.

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Old 09-22-2010, 05:50 AM
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Re: Sendero as a starting point?

Below is my last response to your previous query and it still applies ...

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Dang it Younggun! WTH are you waiting for? Go get the dang gun. It does not matter which caliber and what others say, get what you need/want/can afford and be done with it ... for now, because it is not going to be your last gun ... don't kid yourself. .

Happy safe shooting/hunting.

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Old 09-22-2010, 07:18 AM
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Re: Sendero as a starting point?

The last 2 senderos I shot both averaged 5/8" 3 shot groups at 100 yards right out of the box with no work done to them and no load development. One was a 264 win mag with handloads, the other 7mm ultra mag with factory ammo. The triggers actually surprised me. While obviously not as good as timney or jewel they are totally usable. The HS Precision stock feels nice and solid.
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