I have been reading the thread on the 7mm STW Brotherhood and would like to join. There are not very many affordable factory rifles in this caliber. There are two Remington 700 SPS available: Remington 700 SPS #85585, weight 7.62 lbs. Remington 700 SPS Long Range #85600, weight 8.75 lbs. Here is my real world question, "Does the heavy contour barrel of the #85600 make that much different?" I want to put together a long range, 800 yard gun. In the beginning, I have a Leupold 4.5-14 x 50 CDS to place on it. I also have a Leupold Mark 4 6.5-20 x 50 TMR rectile scope. Thanks for the feed back.