7mm STW with suppressor, need advice on barrel length.

Discussion in '7mm STW' started by sledneck84, Dec 3, 2013.

  1. sledneck84

    sledneck84 Active Member

    Nov 25, 2010
    I am in the process of having a 7mm STW built and need to order the barrel. It will wear a suppressor and i am not sure what barrel length to go with. the suppressor is 9 inches long. Can i have a heavy contour 20" tube and get all the benefits of the round. I am hoping i can keep the finished length with the suppressor under 30". Anyone have any insight on this or know someone running an stw suppresed. thanks.
  2. Lefty7mmstw

    Lefty7mmstw Well-Known Member

    May 13, 2012
    I'd go with at least a 24" bbl. with the stw. If you weren't hanging that long of a can on the end I'd say to go with 26" or more.
    Can you go to an 1885 or #1 action to get the overall length of the rifle down??
    If you are stuck on a 20-22" bbl. length a 280AI or 7rem may be a bit better option as it'll make less noise with the can and will make use of the shorter barrel length better; you'll probably get nearly the same speed with all three cal's in a 20" bbl and the stw will be harder to get accurate as your muzzle pressure will be higher and want to kick the bullet around a bit more.

    The strain gauge graph here is the win 150 grain factory load fired in my old sendero 7mmstw. Notice the secondary peak; that was a tight spot at 16" down the bore and the pressure is still at 30 Kpsi.