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Old 09-30-2008, 11:15 PM
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Re: My 7WSM

Got out shooting last weekend and shot a 1/2 MOA 5-shot group from 704yds. The three in the middle are in under 1". I honestly think the rifle could do better than 1/2 MOA, although I can't imagine shooting a 5-shot group nearly as small as the three in the middle. I think the three in the center show that better groups are possible (I have no idea what order the shots were fired in). When I brought the target back my dad was impressed although he believes the three in the x-ring are complete luck. I first shot a clay pigeon, then hit a small rock (not much larger than an egg) and then shot five into the target. My dad hung the target over the reloading bench, and has been making copies and faxing it to just about everyone he knows.




I also hit 4 clay pigeons in a row from 1037yds. Rick Beginsky told me he tagged 7 in a row from 1000yds (I wonder if there's an exchange rate between my bi-pod and his bench rest?). I doubt if I'll match him. Needless to say I love my 7wsm, If you have one I'd highly recommend trying out my load (it's a hot one so work up). I've got a video up on youtube shooting clay pigeons and eggs although the video quality is poor so not too much can be seen. I'll try to get some footage of the WSM doing its thing on the next video. Here's the link...
YouTube - Long Range Shooting No.2

You'll notice from these pics I swaped stocks from my 308 and WSM. I like the "prarie dog special" better for prone shooting.


The white rocks in the clear-cut are 704yds away.


Looking out to 1037yds


You'll Notice my palm pilot in this pic... It's got the Nightforce X-ball. It's a great program in my opinion.
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Old 10-01-2008, 01:02 PM
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Re: My 7WSM

thats rly awesome! have you tried the 180 bergers too? im considering a 7 wsm for an upcoming rifle build, looks like yours is great!
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Old 10-01-2008, 01:56 PM
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Awesome shooting Lucas!!
Did you run that last load of 168 Bergers through a Chrony?
I'm in the middle of 3 Custom Savage builds and seeing how they perform is killing me!!
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Old 10-01-2008, 05:53 PM
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I plan to test the 180gr Bergers this weekend. I was going to test the load used in this article...
Vince B's 7mm WSM Record-Breaker (7 Win Short Mag)

I have not shot through a cronograph yet. According to my ballistic calculator I'm shooting about 3050fps. I may back off a bit as bolt lift feels a tad heavy.
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Old 10-02-2008, 12:33 AM
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Very nice looking rifle, especially the paint.
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Old 10-03-2008, 02:09 PM
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Re: My 7WSM

just wondering, what do you think the barrel life will b on that rifle? what estimates have you heard?
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Old 10-03-2008, 06:27 PM
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I heard it was better than the 6.5x284 (but that's not saying too much). I'm expecting 2500. Having a stainless three-groove may help. If barrel life is a major concern the 300WSM may be the ticket.
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