7mm stw

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  1. gunsmith2

    gunsmith2 Member

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    how is the stw for long range? planning on 168 vld's-advice on this will help.Thanks JP
    ALSO- WHAT WOULD BE THE BEST SCOPE TO USE--TO AIR IT OUT--UP TO 700-1000 YRDS
     
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  2. ishootkittens

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    guys on here swear by em. I am a .30 cal man myself but you will get some good info. All I can offer is that the 7mm bullets are great for long range and their B.C.s dominate when comparing bullets of the same weight. The barrel life wont be amazing but should be decent. Its like a medium between the 7mm rem and the 7RUM. Cant wait to hear some of the others responses! Are you shooting game..or steel?
     

  3. MudRunner2005

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    7mmSTW is one of the most overlooked long-range calibers. It seems to be slowly dying off because people always want newer, faster, flatter, high BC, etc...

    I have had mine for 10, almost 11 years now. It has been a great shooter. Accurate is an understatment. Mine really loves the 160gr Accubonds with RL-19 powder, and sunk to 3.600". It also loves (have to adjust the scope, POI is different) the Nosler Custom Comp 168gr HPBT's for targets with RL-22 powder, seated at max C.O.L. of 3.600".

    If my scope was sighted for it, I wouldn't hesitate to take a 1,000+ shot with it.

    With my 160gr Accubonds, if I'm 0 dope @ 100 yards, I'm 9.5" low @ 300. 39.7" low at 500. 116.2" low at 750. And 252.8" low at 1,000 yards, still producing 1,586 fps velocity & 893 lbs of energy.

    And with my current 160gr Accubond setup with my current load data, I am pusing it 3,136 fps M.V. and 3,495 M.E.

    Needless to say, she ain't no slouch, even by today's high-performance magnum cartridges.
     
  4. liltank

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    Its hugely popular due to its horsepower and ability to chuck heavy bullets at good velocity. I'd venture a guess that it was a very popular caliber in the start of the long range hunting adventures.
     
  5. gunsmith2

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    going to be hunting. i load for others at 78gr 7828-160gr speer-shoots as good as you can hold it. JP
     
  6. MudRunner2005

    MudRunner2005 Well-Known Member

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    If you like the 168's, I would wait to try out the new Nosler 168gr Long Range Accubonds. I can't wait to get my hands on some. I also plan on testing them in my 7mm Rem Mag, and 7mm-08.

    Yes, I am a .284 (7mm) nut. :D

    My next rifle will be a custom 700 chambered in .280 Ackley Improved.
     
  7. frequent misser

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    The stw is a great round and still has a following. I think its at its best with the longer tubes and heavier bullets. I run 162's out of mine comfortably at over 3300 with a 29" barrel. h-1000 and retumbo were best in mine.
     
  8. 7stw

    7stw Well-Known Member

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    With the 168 grain bullet, you are Definitely good for the distance .
    As far as the optics goes, that's always a good question. It really depends on the $$$$ factor. If $$ wasn't an issue, the NF would be on my shopping list. I had one in my greedy little hands last Sunday. My money would would probably gow to a Leupold LR model, or similar though!
    The STW is an awesome cartridge, and it is NO slouch.
     
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    P/S, for more info, go to the " Rifles, Barrels, and Ballistics" page, and look for the thread, " For Those That Shoot The 7mm STW". Plenty of info there!!
     
  10. MudRunner2005

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    I'm running a Zeiss 6.5-20x50 on my 700 Sendero SF (26" heavy fluted). It will stabilize the 168's with no issues. I can only imagine what a 28-30" tube would do! I bet it would be a lazer still beyond 1200...

    I'll post a pic of mine either later tonight or tomorrow.
     
  11. MudRunner2005

    MudRunner2005 Well-Known Member

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    Here's a few pics of my Remington 700 Sendero SF in 7mmSTW. I know, I know....I don't have a picatinny base and rings yet, but in the next few weeks I should be ordering an EGW base and TPS rings for it. I'd love to order a Nightforce NXS 8-32x56, but the funds just aren't there right now. The Zeiss is doing fine and is driving tacks at 100 yards, and for those non-believers in the Conquest lineup, go look theough one outside, and not in a store. They are phenomenal for the money. And IMO, I'd rather have a Zeiss Conquest than a Swarovski.

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  12. 7stw

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    Mudrunner, that's a nice looking rig, and a shooter , I'm sure. That Zeiss scope is just fine. I've shoot a few guns that my friends have, with that exact scope, and I was pleased. In this game, economics are ALWAYS a factor. True, the NF is a awesome scope, and probably the bast for the money on the higher end scopes. I know CAN'T afford one, but maybe someday a used one will roll my way. My first STW was exactly the one you have there, and it was/ is a shooter still.
    One thing I noticed on your rifle, which will give you more eye releif, is that if you reverse the front scope base, putting the offset forward, you can slide your scope a little more forward, and also, have a wider support on the tube as well.
    You will like the EGW bases. They are inexpensive, well built, and functional. I have one on my 700P, and it looks and functions great. On most everything else that I own, I use the Leupold Dual Dovetail, bases and rings. They are ROCK solid, and they don't move .
    That's a nice rig there dude, and worth it's weight in gold. Check out the 7 mm STW website, you'll find some interesting things there. Words of CAUTION, shooting the STW is addicting. You can't just own one.:D
     
  13. MudRunner2005

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    Oh yeah, it's definitely addicting. I've had my Sendero for 11 years now (since new), and it's shot like a champ since day 1. I have the EGW base and TPS ring combo on my 700 5R .308 for a year now, and it's been excellent! For the money, that combo can't be beat, IMO.

    I would love to have another Sendero SF in 7mmSTW identical to mine, but finding one is hard, and findin one for a good price that hasn't been shot-out is near impossible.

    I'd like to find a Sendero SF in .308 or one in .280 Rem (to ream chamber to .280 A.I.), if you know where I might could find any of the above mentioned, the info would be appreciated.
     
  14. 7stw

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    Im pretty sure they don't make a Sendero in 280! I would own one for sure if they did! I am actually building a 280 now, as we speak! That would be a sweet deal though, a Sendero in 280! Talk about perfect. Your rifle looks to be in near perfect condition. The pix do it justice.
    I bought a second hand sendero STW barrel last spring. I was told, that the gun was inherited, in nearly unfired condition. He even had the original two boxes of ammo, with a few missing. He had no interest in this caliber, and built a 338 LM. I purchased the barrel he shipped it, and I high tailed to my gunsmith, and had him put the bore scope to it. He said the barrel was in fact as was stated. I purchased a donor rifle, and had him put it together. I set it into a Bobby Hart laminated LRT stock from Stockys. This thing is tack driver, and already has a notch in it.
    I love this caliber, it is very accurate, very SHOOTABLE, and barrel life is reasonable if the shooter is reasonable.