hello new to long range hunting

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  1. puggy

    puggy Active Member

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    Hi new here may be u guy and gals can help I just picked up A remington 700 stainless bdl in 7mm 08 for a very low price it's in good condition with some scratches when I measure the barrel With a ramrod came out to 23 inches dead would you guys call it 22 inches or 24 I think the gun is from the early 90s as there is a date on the hinged floor plate but it's is a very cheap aluminum And the finish is not the same as the barrel or receiver Like your thoughts on this gun and maybe if you would know the twist and maybe 1-10 thanks troy.
     
  2. FearNoWind

    FearNoWind Well-Known Member

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    The 7mm-08 is about fifty years old and it's still a very popular cartridge and it's suitable for just about any kind of shooting you'd like to try. I believe the production twist for the Remington is 1:9.5 - somebody correct me if I missed something there. :D
    Don't be concerned about the "cheap aluminum" accoutrements. They don't have much affect on the overall performance of the rifle. As long as they aren't broken or otherwise unserviceable there's no need to replace that stuff on a hunting rifle.
     

  3. CB11WYO

    CB11WYO Well-Known Member

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    Sweet, welcome to the game.

    Good find IMO on the 08. My wife shoots one very similar in fact, shooting Speer 160 grainers she's gone over 500 yards on antelope.

    Good luck!

    -Clint
     
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    puggy Active Member

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    Thanks for the reply is your floor plate cheap feeling
     
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    Thanks for the reply fearnowind any ideas on the barrel length
     
  6. trebark

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    Barrel length is measured from the front of the recoil lug to the crown of the barrel.
     
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    Current Remington 7mm barrels are 1:9.5. A 35 year old rifle may be different. Even if it is a 1:10 it will shoot up to 168grain bullets. Barrel twist should not be much of a concern since a 168 bullet would not be optimal for the 7-08. You are more likely to shoot 140 or 150grain bullets out of a 7-08.
     
  8. MudRunner2005

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    Not according to true specs. Barrel lenth stops when the tape hits the bolt face...Because at that point the entire cartridge will be inside the barrel, and not half of it, like if you were measuring from the lug, forward.

    So to answer the OP's question. Close your bolt (empty rifle), and run a cleaning rod down it. Mark it, then measure the cleaning rod. Then you'll have your true barrel length.
     
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    Interesting, while I generally agree with you, if you were to take a factory Remington rifle and they say it has a 24" barrel, the only place you will find that length is if you measure from the front of the recoil lug to the crown. I'm not saying that's right, but that's the way it is.
     
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    MudRunner2005 Well-Known Member

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    Funny....All of mine measure short from lug-to-crown, until you measure them from end of the threads to the crown...

    Learned that tidbit from my old gunsmith many many years ago, before he built my first custom .308 Win. He told me that's the way they measure them at BR comps. They have a dowell with the lengths marked on it, and they run it down till it hits the bolt face, and that's what length your barrel is documented as.
     
  11. FearNoWind

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    Barrel length seems to be in the same box as cartridge overall length. It often depends on who you're talking to and their understanding of the terms. Most are familiar with the need to clarify OAL as COAL, CBTO, etc. with cartridges. I've talked with guys who measure barrel length from front of recoil log to crown, recoil lug to end of rifling at the muzzle, total length of rifling from throat to muzzle, bolt face to muzzle, etc. Always a good idea, IMO, to come to an understanding on definitions of terms when comparing experiences in the shooting world. gun)
     
  12. puggy

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    Thanks everyone for their post I let my dad look at the gun he use to do some gunsmiting he said the barrel was shortend from the barrel threads and re reamed to 7mm 08 if u look at the barrel it starts to taper from the action right away unlike my other 700s that extend out like 2 inches before the taper starts