Back in 1988, I was quite content to climb around the mountains, chasing Mulies with my trusty .280 in a Brown Precision stock, believing I had the best hunting rifle there had ever been. Then the Shooting Times arrived and life hasn't been the same since. Layne's article set me on fire and I bought a 7mag rem 700 as fast as I could find one. I spent weeks calling every smith in the country looking for anyone with a reamer. I had a friend, with the same itch, call me with news he was picking up his Ruger #1 in 7STW the next day. My next call was to Charlie Robertson @ ScoreHigh Gunsmiths in Albuquerque. It was just a new chambering job and a brake I added after shooting the Ruger #1. I bought a couple hundred Rem 8mm brass and necked them down and went to developing loads w/ Nosler 140 solid bases and 140 BTs and after a couple of false starts, hit the jackpot with IMR-7828. I nursed it along for 1500 rds before it lost it's 1/4 moa accuracy. My son's smith talked him into a 7RUM for a rebarrel and it broke my heart. I am now putting everything together for a new STW, a TAC-300 action, Manners EH-1 stock, Jewell trigger, and an experiment ---a 26" Bartlein w/ a 10 to 9 gain twist barrel. TPS rings and a Sightron lll 6-24x50mm LRFFP for glass. Don't expect rifle til Dec. but will try to post pics and targets later on. Twenty-six years of loving the 7STW, but Charlie's building me a new .280, never been without one. I'm not much of a joiner, but couldn't resist the STW Brotherhood.