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November 30, 2006, 09:58 AM
I have long been a 7mm fan, and have shot both 7mm Rem and 7mm STW. I actually liked the STW a bit better, although I don't seem to have any of my old books laying around for that caliber. Is is feasible to go to a heavier bullet (> 160? )with the STW. I also notice that alot of people are saying this bullet will be fading away soon. I am assuming that what they mean is this round will be given back to the reloaders to tinker with and basically be taken out of production from manufactures. This does not concern me too much as I love the round. Currently own a 300 winchester but am looking for a different caliber to go with for next year. Any thoughts toward a good flat trajectory round? :confused:

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November 30, 2006, 10:12 AM
7 STW I think has a bit of trouble with the neck length on the heavier bullets...goes too deep into the powder, IIRC

you would need to give ideas of what your wanting to do with your new caliber...hunting, punching paper...I am guessing you will be reloading for it?

In the case of punching paper and such...and somthing on the diffrent side...try a 280 Remington (7mm Remington Express)...you get your 7mm and in a case that is easy to reload for...I believe you can form it from 30-06 if you get scared of the caliber ever being retired...

Hunting? same thing...7mm bullets are a wonderous thing to use on critters...like a death ray.


November 30, 2006, 10:30 AM

If I had a 7mm, I would shoot the VERY HIGH BC 175SMK and never look back.


November 30, 2006, 08:00 PM
I don't know about factory loads, but I consider it HIGHLY unlikely that 160 gr. 7mm bullets will cease to be manufactured in the forseeable future. I like the Hornady A-Max with it B.C. of 0.625 for my 7mm Rem. Mag.

Look at the ballistics of the 7mm Rem. Mag. vs the 7mm STW and you will find that the 7mm STW doesn't have much of a speed advantage and what speed it does get is done with significantly more powder. The 7mm Rem. Mag. with multiple factory loads will be around for a LONG time.

I like the flat trajectory the 7mm Rem. Mag. is capable of and so my bullets of choice, depending on my intended use would be either 140 or 160 grainers. I would consider the 140 gr. Barnes bullets I use, adequate for anything up to the great bears. The 160 grain bullets would be a bit better in wind.

December 1, 2006, 12:15 PM
Hey, Thanks for the info. I have been looking into different calibers to try out and the one I have not tried is the 280 which I have heard good things about as well. I adored my STW and would not mind going back with the exception of price and limited availability. My main purpose will be to hunt deer and target practice as much as possible with new loads. This year was a bit of overkill with the 300 win, but a good gun none the less.

December 1, 2006, 03:02 PM
Have you considered the 7mm-08 Rem for deer? 7mm in a short action, performs on par with a 30-06 with less recoil, and is fun to shoot... :neener:

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