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Unread 03-23-2011, 11:52 AM
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My first build

This was my first complete build. I've got a M700 in 270 that was my Dad's that was 25 years old that I had rebarreld by Hart. I also have a 6.5 SAUM I bought second hand from the classifieds here. But this was my first project start to finish.

-7mm STW - .313 Neck - throated for 180 Bergers
-Donor Rem 700 Action - trued, bushed, lugs lapped, bedded, GTR lite steel firing pin...the whole 9 by Gre'-Tan Rifles
-Kreiger 5R - 28" finished length - fluted - #8 contour
-Grey Bull Precision Stock
-Vias Break
-Bolt fluted and tactical knob by Kampfeld Customs
-Jewell Trigger set at 2.5 lbs
-Leupold Mark 4 base (20moa), rings, and 6.5-20x50
-All metal Cerakote finished with the "aluminum" color
-Total weight was 12lb 12oz

Did the barrel break in this past weekend and started the load work up. Shot H-1000 very well and Retumbo was a little faster. Both powders produced sub .75 moa at 100 yards and accuracy was slightly better with "jam" loads I tried than the "jump". Going to keep working on the loads and hopefully get her in the .5 moa range.

Really like the stock. My first "tactical" stock with a vertical pistol grip style handle. Couldn't be more happy with the look, feel, and accuracy so far with the rifle. Didn't have my camera to post pics of the groups but will sometime in the future.

Last edited by eshorebwhntr; 03-24-2011 at 12:46 PM.
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Unread 03-23-2011, 05:57 PM
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Re: My first build

Very nice congrats!!!
Do you know how much does the barrel weight?
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Unread 03-23-2011, 07:45 PM
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Re: My first build

I really like the 7 STW caliber. Good looking rifle.
Could you post a pic of how the rear of the stock sits on the support leg of the polecat tripod?
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Unread 03-23-2011, 10:01 PM
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Re: My first build

Nice looking rifle, what velocity did you get with the 180g
just put one together for a mate 7 mmSTW 28" barrel, with the 180g hes getting 3135fps. Its already accounted for a deer at 830 yards
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Unread 03-24-2011, 12:57 PM
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Re: My first build

The barrel weighs approx. 5.75-6.0 lbs.

I've added what pictures I have to show how the stock sits on the rest. Hopefully you can see what you were looking for from these pics. I will say that the gun sat on the rest much better than I expected. I thought the rest wouldn't handle the weight of the heavier gun well but it did.

The loads I chrono'ed were around 3050 with H-1000 and 3090 with Retumbo. I haven't had any signs of pressure yet so I'm going to continue working up to get a little more speed and hopefully get more accurate or stay in the same ball park. I had the chamber cut for 3.850 COAL so that I would have the extra case capacity to push the velocity envelope a little past what is expected of the standard STW.

Thanks for the kind words from all.
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Unread 03-25-2011, 06:26 AM
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Re: My first build

Nice looking rifle, I also have a 7 STW that I really enjoy shooting. I have not taken any animals with it, as I have other rifles that I favor at this time, but in time the STW will get its chance. Also, still in load development.
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Unread 04-01-2011, 02:33 PM
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Re: My first build

Thats a really nice build. If you are interested in being able to snap the butt stock onto the arm, give me a call or email. If you or Greg didn't fill it, the little extra hole right behind the pistol grip is pre threaded for our stud and the other flexible part replaces the Y. Or if you just put a 10/32" threaded sling stud or machine bolt in there you can keep the Y on the arm and it gives it something to sit against. The sticks work pretty good anyway, but after some use they loosen up a bit and the arm sometimes wants to fall away or lose contact as you adjust the rifle.

We don't actively market our set-up yet due to a couple material issues, but it does work slick when you can't get prone.

That is a sharp rig!
Don Ward
GreyBull Precision LLC

Last edited by Don Ward; 04-01-2011 at 02:44 PM.
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