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Posted: 1/17/2015 2:13:28 PM EST
Hello All,

I have taken an interest in some longer distance shooting then 100-200 yards which is what most of my hunting is done at. I have a Winchester Model 70 7 Rem Mag that I bought in 1999. The gun is fine and I have killed quite a few Mule deer bucks with it. I reload for it and it is currently a 1 moa rifle with nosler 150 grain bullets and IMR 4350 powder. It sits in a wood stock that has been glass beaded and the trigger pull is very crisp with little uptake at 3.5 pounds. The scope is a leupold Vari x 3 4.5x14.

I have been thinking of putting it into a synthetic stock with possibly a new barrel. If I do the new barrel route what steps do I need to take to insure the best accuracy in a rebuild. True the receiver and bolt face? It seems with my search skills that their isn't much options for Win model 70 action in the stock world. I can spend around 600.00 dollars for the barrel and not sure what a decent stock costs, or any truing work. I am open to any and all suggestions. The recoil of the 7mm doesn't bother me and can sit down and shot 40-60 rounds in an afternoon which I have done before with no apparent lose in groups comparing first targets to last. I also understand that 7mm can be a good long distance caliber
Link Posted: 1/17/2015 3:37:17 PM EST
Lots of stock options. I would use a Manners hunting stock with a high comb and a #5 or Light Palma barrel. It would be a heavy hunting rifle or a light long range gun.

If you're going to be reloading, look into 7LRM.

Link Posted: 1/17/2015 3:41:21 PM EST
Truing runs about $250, and you want to make sure whoever does it has a coaxial fixture like GreTan's and can single point threads.

I would recommend Manners as well. Very well built solid stocks, though if you don't want to spend that kind of coin, Bell and Carlsons are an excellent value.
Link Posted: 1/17/2015 10:35:42 PM EST
How much experimenting have you done with your loads? The fact that your stock is already glass bedded leads me to believe you won't see that much improvement with a new stock. A barrel might be an improvement, and at that point your bedding will be useless, so a new stock would be needed, or rebed the current setup. 1 moa is actually pretty decent, you might see an improvement with your current setup by switching to berger bullets. I like the classic hunter bullets, they are less sensitive to seating depth than the hunter VLD bullets. Moving to bergers was a game changer in my 300 win mag, shrunk the groups a good bit. I bought a hornady cartridge overall length gauge so I could determine the length at with the bullets engaged the rifling. I've found that I can load the classic hunter bullets at length for the mag and get good accuracy, but I need to load the VLD's at longer length to achieve the same results. In my experience, the bergers are more accurate than Noslers.
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