Need Opinion on 7mm stw

Discussion in 'The Basics, Starting Out' started by summitsitter, Mar 14, 2008.

  1. summitsitter

    summitsitter Well-Known Member

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    I found a remington 700 7mm stw in a local paper for sale for $650. I called the guy. He said the gun was a regular 700 bdl that had been rechambered. He had all the basics done to it( floated, recrowned, bedded, bolt squared, trigger work, etc.) The gun has the remington syn. stock that has been painted along with theh rings and bases. He said a gunsmith in Texas I believe triple G or something G had done all the gun work. Here's the problem It's a 2 1/2 hour drive to see the gun. I want a 7mm stw but I don't know about this caliber in a regular remington barrel and stock. I really would like to shoot it before I bought it. I hate to get a gun that won't do like i want it to. What you guys think.
     
  2. LewisH

    LewisH Well-Known Member

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    Skip it. It'll probably need a new stock, and most likely a new barrel. Keep looking, you can do better. A near-new Sendero would be good, but very hard to find.

    A custom build from one of our riflesmiths would be best. :)
     

  3. .30-378

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    It'll probably need a new stock - why would you say that? You apparently don't know much about an STW rechamber. That is all they are - a rebore. They are usually awesome for accuracy. I have a Model 70 Winchester because I hate Remingtons, but that isn't the point. This could be a diamond from what I have seen. Three rechambers I know (2 Win and 1 Rem) shoot 1/2 3-shot groups at 100 yards.

    I say give it a try - good price and Senderos are not all that accurate.
     
  4. LewisH

    LewisH Well-Known Member

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    Remington synthetic stocks (except for the Senderos, which are H S Precision stocks) are "cheap as hell", and a quality long range rifle deserves a better made, more reliable stock.

    With all the stuff done to that rifle, it probably has been shot a bit. The 7 STW being the barrel eater that it is, and with no evidence to the contrary, that barrel's best days are more than likely behind it.
     
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  5. jjmp

    jjmp Well-Known Member

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    ss,
    call the guy back and ask for pictures,many mags are safe-queens.
    i agree with .30-378....... explain your concerns verbaly to the owner.
    regards:D:D:D
     
  6. shiredude

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    After seeing pics and getting some questions answered, I believe I might jump all over it if it appears to be in good condition. If you start from scratch, you will have around that much $$ in a factory action by the time it is trued up or for sure that much in a higher end action. You could play with it for a while and if you want to do some upgrades, you could have a good project gun. Eventually buy a stock, then later down the road, rebarrel it with what contour and twist you want.

    Just my opinion.
     
  7. summitsitter

    summitsitter Well-Known Member

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    According to the guy it's been shot less than 15 times.
     
  8. LewisH

    LewisH Well-Known Member

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    Does he mean fifteen before AND after it was rechambered? If so, it is a very good deal!
     
  9. summitsitter

    summitsitter Well-Known Member

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    All together..
     
  10. redstater

    redstater Active Member

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    I would approach this as a used car purchase, rifles don't have odometers. Dude had all this work done and only fired a total of 15 shots??? Yeah and Granny only drove the Corvette with bald back
    tires to church and back.
     
  11. summitsitter

    summitsitter Well-Known Member

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    say he has 5 of them he built this one for his grandson. grandson shot it and it busted his eye..last time he shot it.
     
  12. Chopaka81

    Chopaka81 Well-Known Member

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    My brother has a 7mm STW, it is a tac-driving - bug-hole making - straight shooting rifle. His is an Ackley Improved version of the STW and it is a very flat shooting rifle.
    My brother is as ainul as they come when it comes to barrel care for his rifle. Every 3 rds at the range and he stops and cleans the bore.
    My brother's favorite load (and yes he is a high velocity nut) is 140 Nosler BT @ 3500 fps. He likes the fact that he is only 20" low at 600 yds with a 300 yd zero.
    The point being, if the rifle is properly cared for it will go much longer than if the barrel is not cleaned regularly.
    You have to determine if the seller is shinning you, or telling you the turth.
    On other thing regarding remingtons, I know that synthetic stocks (not the injection molded tupperware stocks) are the rage here on this web site. But do not be afraid of a pillar bedded laminated stock that came with the M700 LSS rifles. Those stocks are very well known for thier stability. I took 000 steel wool to mine, turning the finish into a matte, droped a blued matte finished barreled action in it and it looks really nice.
    Bottom line, if you are looking for an STW, I would avod going cheap, go find a skilled riflesmith, have the action blueprinted, for real, order a barrel of your liking, have it properly put together, and never look back saying I wish would have...
    Good luck and let us know what you do in the end.:)
    Don​
     
  13. bullbuster

    bullbuster New Member

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    I have a Winchester Model 70 with 26" barrell, 6.5-18 bushnell, simms recoil pad and butler creek sling I want to sell.Trigger has been worked on at gunsmith to lighten it up. Shoots great! Also have dies, bullets and brass for it. Call for details 218-252 4013
     
  14. J E Custom

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    Summit

    The only way I would even consider this deal would be to shoot
    it .Let me explain.

    The standard remingtion 700 stock is to small to rebarrel with
    anything larger than a #4 taper with out removing to much from
    the fore end.

    The Second thing is, no one rechambers a rifle with out 15 or
    20 rounds through it ( It takes at least that many to see if it
    will shoot worth a crap.

    The STW is an intense round and needs a heavy barrel at least 26"
    long to meet there potential.

    I would recomend at least a 5.5 taper or heaver.

    So if it doesent shoot you would probably need a bigger stock and a
    new barrel and this would drive the price way up.

    So shoot it and if it doesent do well then look for a sendero or a donor
    rifle and biuld your own.(you can buy a brand new rem SPS for about
    $400.00 and use that $250.00 towards a good stock and barrel.

    Just my opinion
    J E CUSTOM