New rig ready for first blood?

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by Lyons7STW, Sep 23, 2011.

  1. Lyons7STW

    Lyons7STW Well-Known Member

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    Ok, I know this won't impress many of you but I have my new light weight 7 stw shooting consistent 3/4 moa groups with me doing the hanloding and trigger pulling. (in 5-15 gusting winds) I am not sure how much more the rifle is capable of. It has a rem. Factory barrell and action from a used 700 sps just recut to stw with 168 bergers. Wish I had the dough for a really good barrel!
    Any way I took it out today for practice and had great fun busting milk jugs out to 600 yds. These were feild conditions, including gettin rained on and this is promising cause I have an antelope tag next week!! I think I'll try and keep.the shot under a quarter mile, repetitve first round hits have been easy at that range. sometimes the wind threw me off the jug an inch or two out at 600
     
  2. Lyons7STW

    Lyons7STW Well-Known Member

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    Heres a pic of the rig, prior to thr leupold scope swap and timney trigger
     

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  3. spdrman

    spdrman Well-Known Member

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    Sounds like the antelope are going to be in trouble next week!! Good luck!! What leupold did you put on it?
     
  4. Lyons7STW

    Lyons7STW Well-Known Member

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    A VX-2 goldring in 6-18x40 with target turrets
    I traded my old man a muzzle break and some ammo for.
    I think it was a good deal :)
     
  5. spdrman

    spdrman Well-Known Member

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    Yeah id say so, my buddy has an old vxII that 6-18x40 that he got from his dad, I bet that thing is older than me and still tracks perfect, I've been putting in for rifle antelope for 12 years and still have yet to draw, I think it would be a blast to hunt them with my long range setup, post pics when ya get back!!
     
  6. WyoElk2Hunt

    WyoElk2Hunt Well-Known Member

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    Good luck and nice gun.
     
  7. WildRose

    WildRose Well-Known Member

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    Nice rig and you are outshooting 99% of hunters busting jugs at that range.

    As for the Antelope, as well as you are doing I wouldln't hesitate a 600yds shot if you had the right goat in front of you.

    Just relax, breathe, and think and it'll all come together.
     
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    angus-5024 Well-Known Member

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    nice rifle! I know what its like to not have the dough to get a custom, but its cool to see guys make it work. good luck on your antelope hunt!
     
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    I bought one just like it last year on Ebay for I think around 320.00 for my M-1A. I have two more that I bought new on other rigs.

    Great scopes.

    I let my buddy talk me out of the M-1A and an old 4-12x50 VXII I had. He swapped the scopes and put the 6-18 on his 7mm Mag. Last weekend he was busting milk jugs with it at ranges he'd never before imagined shooting and is the happiest camper you ever saw.

    If it had a 50mm Obj he'd have never talked me out of it. That's one of the most underrated scopes for the money ever made. Heck for what they can be bought for today they are an absolute steal for a guy putting together a long range rig on a budget.
     
  10. Lyons7STW

    Lyons7STW Well-Known Member

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    Yeah this was a budget build. I sarted this when I found out I was becoming a father. My buddies told me the days of buying new toys were over. Boy, they were right! The bills started coming in right away so it is not as "ccustom" as I imagined. But if this dumb ole country boy can do it anyone can.
    I read my copy of ammo and ballistics from cover to cover a dozen times and settled on the STW. Bought a used 700 sps for $400, give em $240 for the bell and carlson stock, 350 to rechamber and muzzle break it and $150 for the timney trigger.
    I love the light weight b&c stock. I would use a holland break on the next one, not super impressed with the Gentry. I absolutely love the timney trigger.
    Fluted bolt and high end fluted barrel in a little thicker contour are on the wish list!
     
  11. spdrman

    spdrman Well-Known Member

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    I was in your same shoes this spring lol, I just went and gave a custom gun shop all the specs I wanted for a custom build in a 7 wsm, then I found out the next week I was going to have my first kid, so I cancelled the order, had the guy sell the nightforce I bought and never used, and went and bought a Savage LRH in a 7mm and put a Leupold VX 3 6.5-20x50 on it and I used the rest of the money to furnish the baby room.

    And I have no complaints about the rifle, its shooting 5 inch groups at 600 yards and I can consistently hit a 12 inch plate at 1000

    And my little boy was born this week on the 20th healthy and strong, it's awesome being a father!!
     
  12. WildRose

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    Well I spent considerably more on my STW and got it stright from the Remington Custom Shop and I promise you for 99% of shooters it doesn't shoot enough better than yours to even be noticable.

    You're off to a great start with what you have and you don't need to ever be less than proud of it.
     
  13. Lyons7STW

    Lyons7STW Well-Known Member

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    I have really enjoyed piecing it together from just an idea., building it. working up the load and testing it out. I was nervous the first time I tested it all. I was gonna be livid if it woldnt shoot sub moa. I just can't keep one that won't...
     
  14. Lyons7STW

    Lyons7STW Well-Known Member

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    Thanks wild rose. I've had some nice off the rack rigs but wanted somethig diffrent... in case it was my last! Lol
    By the way. I like the tabs in your signatue pic. Mine just syay Tactical and my bdu's are black.