fellas thanks for the good info, i am new to this so it took me a couple minutes just to find the reply button hahaha, anyway, i did go with the 1-8 twist, i goofed in saying it was 1-9. basically ihave necked down 7mm-08 brass to start with loading, it is basically cheaper than getting into it with the laupa which is what i plan to use for my final loads. i know sounds backwards right, just a budget
my plan is to use this gun for long range application, i.e. 500 yds or better. i have a place to shoot 500 yds right now so i am going to take advantage of it and shoot it all i can. i would love to be able to hunt with the gun but lumping a 15 lb gun around isn't my idea of fun, esp in colorado or elsewhere but for lope hunitng, sure thing!!! spot and stalk is exactly what i would like to be doing next year.
currently my selection of bullets are the 123 and 139 lapua scenares and the 140 AMAX bullets fueled by H4350 with a CCI 200 primer. I am going to stick with standard COL until i break in the barrel and throat. i am going to assume that the throat is pretty tight on a krieger barrel.
i am toping the gun off with a leupold MK 8.5x25x50 LR/T Mil Dot seated on a EGW 20 MOA base. I want to be able to shoot 1K yds +. The action is a rem 700 XCR action. hind sight i should have bought a TAC30 just based on the $$ it cost me to buy a tear down gun and then put it on the krieger barrel. oh well it was my first built so i learned a few things on the way. i am also workingon getting a jewel trigger as well but decided just to be able to shoot it when i get it to use the factory trigger for now and replace once i break the gun in. i know, backwards again, but a lot of coin in the gun so i just need to wait.
ok fellas thanks for the info and i appreciate all the discussion. this website is a really great place to find info out and talk to folks.