Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by horsemen61, Mar 17, 2019 at 12:30 AM.
Ok folks what can you tell me about this rifle
I need info
good rifle and a good round, i love my 7wsm browning.
Winchester made several versions of the "Shadow" rifles. All of them are the budget line of model 70's but are solid guns. The original Black Shadow's were push feed versions in black plastic stocks with a floor plate. I'm pretty sure by the time they were offered in the WSM line of cartridges they had gone to a pretty modernistic plastic stock with a blind magazine. I can't remember if those are CRF or PF. Either are good. I prefer CRF, but it ain't a huge deal and I have both types of rifles.
If you ever decide to upgrade the stock there are very few options for a Winchester blind magazine stock and most are high end such as McMillan. You could buy a less expensive aftermarket stock and new bottom metal to convert it to a floorplate version. Would probably be cheaper to go that route. If you don't like the stock and are thinking about upgrading later I probably would pass. If the price is right and you can live with the stock it is a solid rifle.
Winchester intended to release the 270, 7mm, and 300 WSM cartridges and rifles at the same time. But shortly before they were released it was discovered that 270 WSM cartridges would chamber and fire in 7mm WSM rifles. They decided to hold off on introducing the 7mm version until the design was tweaked to prevent this. As a result the 7mm version was introduced about a year later. I like the concept, but the WSM's have always been a niche cartridge that appealed to a limited number of people. By the time Winchester got the 7mm WSM ready to sell most everybody that wanted one already had one. A good argument can be made that the 7mm WSM is the best of the bunch, but it is the least common. Factory ammo is hard to find, as is brass. You'll need to handload and probably make your own brass from 270 WSM brass.
Bought a used one myself several years ago. My guide managed to break the stock when his ATV ran too close to a tree with the rifle in a scabbard, but replacement OEMs are available.
Rather than a simple replacement I chose a Richard’s Microfit for $100 which needed a fair amount of inletting to fit (most of theirs do not). I decided a few weeks ago to refinish the stock with BLO and wipe on poly, should be finished today.
The rifle itself is chambered in 30-06 Springfield and has always been a great shooter for a factory sporter. Easily adjusted trigger and carries well.
There is a good amount off 7wsm ammo online for under $40 a box. Tho most of that is fed. And if you reload you may only get 1 or 2 reloads from that brass. The win brass is good. Still have not tried hornady brass.
One wonders how many engineers had the chance to catch that and didn't. . .
Got off my duff and put it back together just now. I think I’ve got $650 into it as it sits; rifle, stock, stock pins/bedding, Limbsaver pad, Zeiss Terra 3-9x, and Weaver Grand Slam rings. FYI these are, at least mine is, Push Feed.
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