Remington Model 7

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by petenz, Mar 13, 2008.

  1. petenz

    petenz Well-Known Member

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    I have found a secondhand one in .260, stainless/synthetic, and I'm quite keen on it.

    Does anyone have one? How is the accuracy? Any problems with them?
     
  2. Shortmagman

    Shortmagman Well-Known Member

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    I have owned a Model 7 260 Rem for almost 10 years. I love everything about the gun except, it will not usually shoot three shots into less than 1 inch. My gun is the same as the one you are looking at, stainless, synthetic, with a 20 inch very thin barrel. I think the barrel heats up too fast for a target gun. It is a great gun to carry, because it is short and light. If fact it seems as compact as the Winchester Model 94 30-30 I once owned.

    If you are looking for a great shooter my 260 Rem is not the gun. If you want a great hunting gun, easy to carry up the mts. with enough accuracy to take game out to 250 yards my gun will do it.

    I am aware that there are Model 7's out there that are more accurate that mine. I have thought about having a Hart barrel put on my gun. I like the 260 Rem caliber but I am always looking for more accuracy.
     

  3. James Jones

    James Jones Well-Known Member

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    the M-7 is a great little gun and the 260 is a great caliber , the 20" barrel will limit you a little bit in the sepped range but you will still have enough speed with the heavier bullets to shoot deer out pretty far.

    Shortmagman , have you done anything to your gun to try to improve the accuracy like bedding maybe having the barrel cryoed , I've seen a couple factroy guns that would string bad after a couple shots and the cryo treatment helped alot as did the bedding. on a 7-08 that I bedded the barrel was treated , trigger worked muzzel crowned and that gun would shot just about all factroy ammo under 1 moa out to 400yds and a few hand loads down close to .5 moa
     
  4. Shortmagman

    Shortmagman Well-Known Member

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    James,

    Yes, I have done somethings trying to get my Model 7 to shoot. I have free floated the barrel.This made it worse. Then I put it in a wooden stock with a full bedding block built into the stock. This also did not help. I added tip pressure to the synthetic stock. It shoots best with the tip pressure. I have tried many different bullets and combinations to try to find something that it liked. The closest thing I have found is a load using Barnes TSX bullets and RL-19 powder. It will shot three shots into an inch with this load. My best other load is 129 Hornady bullets and H4350 powder. It will sometimes shoot this load into one inch.

    I have not tried the cyro treatment. May be this is something I should try before putting another barrel on the gun, because it is so easy to carry and I know that the 260 Rem will take deer at some distance. I have so many other guns that my 260 sits in my gun safe most of the time. I was mule deer hunting in Wyoming last year and while hiking above 9,000 ft I kept thinking how much I would have liked to have my Model 7 with me instead of the heavier rifle that I was carrying. I didn't because I did not trust it enough to take a long shot.
     
  5. James Jones

    James Jones Well-Known Member

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    I took a doe at 944 this year with a 260 and a 140gr Berger , my gun is probably twice the weight of your though.
    some guns just won't shoot , did you try bedding the new stock , even though its got the bedding block most of the time these guns will benifit from the aditional glass bedding.

    you could probably rebarrel it with a slightly heavier barrel and few inches longer and that would realy strech the range.
     
  6. Moman

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    Ditto on shortmagman. We have had them and could never get them to group as well as the slightly heavier 700's. They are nice looking and lite, but I never thought they shot nearly as well especially for longer ranges. James may just have the ticket for getting them squared away though. But, do you want to buy something to put more money and/or time into , or are you looking for something you would be happy with now?
     
  7. tjaketerry

    tjaketerry Active Member

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    Ive got one of the new model 7 in 270wsm with the 22" barrel. I have spent the last year trying to find something it would shoot, never did. It averaged about a 3" group at 100 yards with just about everything I put though it. It is currently back at the Remington factory. Maybe it will come back in better shape.
     
  8. Stormrider

    Stormrider Well-Known Member

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    I found a second hand M7 in 260 with synthetic stock that would shoot moa at 300y using factory 140 Rem Core-Lokt ammo. That little gun shoots very well. I would have bought it for myself if it had been a lefty... Doesn't look as good as it could, shows a lot of wear but like I said it's a shooter.
     
  9. Shortmagman

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    James Jones,

    Since we discussed the Model 7 Rem in 260 Rem.. I decided to send my rifle to Hart Barrels for a new barrel. I know that you have had a lot more experience with the 260 Rem than I have, so I wanted to ask a question. This gun will be used to deer hunt in Nebraska where the shot usually is 200-400 yards or more and it will also be used to carry when I mule deer hunt in Wyoming. So I am having the barrel replaced with a 22 inch one and the contour will be some what heavier than the factory barrel.

    I want to shoot 130 Nosler Accubonds and maybe 142 grain Sierra's or Bergers. What twist would you recommend? I have told Hart that I wanted a 1 in 9. I still have time to change if necessary. Thanks
     
  10. Bill Gunn

    Bill Gunn New Member

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    I have a Mod 7 in .222 that I drove over to Hart, and had them put a heavier barrel on.
    The original tapered to around 3/8 at the muzzle (it was shot out from prairie dogs) and I had them use the same factory taper, but stop at 5/8, and carry that out to the muzzle. I also went from an 18 to a 20" barrel. It is shooting super, and they even did a perfect job of routing out the wood stock to fit the bigger taper.
    They can usually tell you what twist to use with the bullet you plan on shooting. I would go with their recommendation.
    When I was at their place, they were in the process of replacing brand new unshot Anshutz Barrels on the USA's Olympic teams new guns, with Hart Barrels. Kind of tells you how good the Olympic team feels about their barrels !!

    Later this month I'll be back in South Dakota to "Break In" this one....
     
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  11. Shortmagman

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    Thanks for the information. I have never owned a rifle with a Hart Barrel but I have heard great thing about them so that was why I sent my rifle to them. I bought an Accurate Innovation stock for this rifle. The stock was made for the Model 7 in Short mag so Hart will make my barrel contour match the stock.

    I am having a hard time waiting for the work to be finished. They said it would take 18 weeks for them to get my rifle back to me. Only half of that time has passed.
     
  12. 6.5BR

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    Based on my experience, I'd highly recommend you go with an 8 twist for all bullets. Best wishes.
     
  13. shooterpunk2

    shooterpunk2 Well-Known Member

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    im thining about sending them my old remington .30-06 and having them make it into a 300 wm.