best factory hunting load 7mm stw

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by 308jagermeister, Sep 8, 2011.

  1. 308jagermeister

    308jagermeister Active Member

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    going deer hunting in SD in just a few weeks, picking up a 7stw and don't have time to invest in a reloading setup. Can you guys point me in the right direction for a quality factory load and maker...
     
  2. 7stwnut

    7stwnut Well-Known Member

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    I would recommend giving the Double Tap ammo a try, I have had great accuracy with both the 140 and 160 grain accu-bond ammo they offer in 3 different 7 STW rifles I own. Barrel twist is something to keep in mind... Good luck.
     

  3. 308jagermeister

    308jagermeister Active Member

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    thanks, where do you get it?
     
  4. 7stwnut

    7stwnut Well-Known Member

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    Try MidwayUSA.COM It's reasonably priced as well.
     
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    308jagermeister Active Member

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    I want to try the bergers but what's up with all the mixed reviews on HSM? Lots of shooters claiming they basicly suck!
     
  7. 4bycamper

    4bycamper Well-Known Member

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    Shooting Berger's VLD is easier if you handload. In my 7 saum, you work up the powder load and then start trying different seating depths. My saum wants the 168 vld to jump 080". All this effort gets me 3/4 moa most every time.

    How would you do that with off-the-shelf ammo?

    Maybe that's part of the problem that you read. gun)
     
  8. 308jagermeister

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    I assume the were negative because the accuracy with HSM loads was much worse compared to other off the shelf loads..
     
  9. FEENIX

    FEENIX Well-Known Member

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    "Opinions are like assholes. Everybody's got one and everyone thinks everyone else's stinks." - Dirty Harry

    Find out for yourself how a certain load, handload or factory, shoot off your own rifle. How well it shoots off your rifle is all that matters.

    The above picture (sorry for the bad pix) were shot off my old trusty stock Savage 111F (1:10 twist, 22" barrel). The same ammo did not fair very well off my stock SAKOM995 (1:11 twist, 23 1/3" barrel) .

    Good luck!

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  10. Lyons7STW

    Lyons7STW Well-Known Member

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    I would strongly suggest reading Eric's article about accuaracy with bergers. They most definately do not suck. But you would be very lucky if your rifle shot them very well "out of the box". It doesn't cost much to buy a box and check but don't be shocked if your gun doesn't like 'em as loaded by HSM. I just went through serious load work up to find the right formula for my rifle. Seating depth was critical. The results were worth it. When you are ready to hand load Try Them. Read up first.

    A wise man told me, The reason you gain by hand loading is that you can match the load to your gun. The factory has to make a round that will work "ok" in thousands of guns. By using a "normal" projectile you lose a little performance but get the ability to fit a lot of guns without "tuning". And by using a nominal powder charge you lose a little speed but leave safety room for faulty guns.

    Nosler custom is making loaded ammo in this cal. As well.

    Good caliber choice. Start loading and get the most out of it! Save money too!
     
  11. Lyons7STW

    Lyons7STW Well-Known Member

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    Feenix if you are shootig like that you probably know this but, 1 in 11is a little slow for that round. Heck they write "1 in 10 or faster" on the box.
    I would have guessed those results. Nice group buddy.
     
  12. Lyons7STW

    Lyons7STW Well-Known Member

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    Oh crap, just stuck foot in mouth. Assumed we were still talkin 7 mm. Failed to read cal. in picture

    now no one will take me serious... Probably better that way! Lol
     
  13. FEENIX

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    Lyons7STW,

    My bad, I put a little curve ball in there just to make a point and should have noted on the text portion :D ... also, pix was before I started handloading.

    Cheers!

    Ed
     
  14. 308jagermeister

    308jagermeister Active Member

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    Thanks for the replies fellas... I am gonna eventually reload but right now time is a factor.... The reviews I read didn't say the berger projectiles sucked but rather the variations in cartridge weights maybe indicating iffy QC standards on powder charge... Obviously I'm a novice when it comes to the subject but that's why I'm here...
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