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#7067191 - 02/05/18 05:15 PM 7 Rem Mag Rebarrel
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Based on recent performance, I believe my trusty old 7 Rem Mag is nearing the end of it's barrel life. Plus I want a heavier contour to help with heat related issues when I'm shooting steel with it. So what brand, contour, and twist do I need? Here's the criteria that I can think of:

Primary use - target shooting on steel out to 1000+ yards
Secondary use - hunting from a stand
Likely bullet selection - 175 ELD-X for hunting and maybe targets, or possibly 175 or 183 SMK on the targets

The rifle is a Savage 116 so I would prefer to buy a factory finished/chambered barrel and install it myself.
In the past I've used the Douglas Air Gauged barrels twice - one shoots excellent, the other just average. I've also used one EA Brown Accuracy barrel and it shoots greats. I don't have any personal experience with any of the other brands.
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#7067212 - 02/05/18 05:43 PM Re: 7 Rem Mag Rebarrel [Re: Texan Til I Die]
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ER Shaw makes savage barrels that Iíve read a lot of good stuff about.
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#7067258 - 02/05/18 06:30 PM Re: 7 Rem Mag Rebarrel [Re: Texan Til I Die]
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Plenty of good brands to choose from. My gunsmith recommended a Lilja for 7mm, and thatís worked out quite well.

You could probably get by with a 1:9 twist, but I would definitely go a little tighter to be sure, for those 175ís. For a proper stability factor, 1:9 starts to fade as you approach sea level. If you can get 1:8.75 or 1:8.5, you would be covered at any level.

As for contour, I would say something in the Sendero range, whatever number that may be for that particular make, but thatís just my preference.
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#7067326 - 02/05/18 07:32 PM Re: 7 Rem Mag Rebarrel [Re: Texan Til I Die]
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The specs on my 7 Rem Mag barrel, and it has performed excellent!"

Rock Creek, Light Palma contour, stainless, 26" finish, 1:8.5 twist, Kampfield spiral flutes, loaded with 180 gr Berger VLD-Hunting, and a whole bunch of H-Retumbo.

They'll leave at 3000 fps out of my muzzle. It is a sight to see them hit steel and hide.

I'd stay in, or real close to that bullet weight. Certainly give Berger and Hornady a look. The Hornady 180 gr ELD-M is what I would buy, if it weren't that I've got more Berger 180's than I have barrel life, left.

Hornady 7mm 180 gr ELD-M
G-1 .796
G-7 .401

^^That's bad to the bone, right there!! So much so that 1000 yards is no biggie. Run em a mile if you get the chance.
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#7067347 - 02/05/18 07:40 PM Re: 7 Rem Mag Rebarrel [Re: Texan Til I Die]
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Those are beautiful numbers.
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#7067360 - 02/05/18 07:44 PM Re: 7 Rem Mag Rebarrel [Re: Sneaky]
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Originally Posted By: Sneaky
Those are beautiful numbers.


Hornady continues to impress. Those BC's are monster. And the old 7 Rem Mag can drive them damn fast, and consistent.
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#7067414 - 02/05/18 08:11 PM Re: 7 Rem Mag Rebarrel [Re: Texan Til I Die]
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Oh yeah.
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#7067709 - 02/06/18 06:40 AM Re: 7 Rem Mag Rebarrel [Re: Texan Til I Die]
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Agree with the fast twist. These are made in Ennis Tx. great barrels.
http://www.shilen.com/savageBarrels.html
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#7067995 - 02/06/18 10:17 AM Re: 7 Rem Mag Rebarrel [Re: Texan Til I Die]
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If you are going to spend the money to get a new barrel and want top accuracy, I would not be going with a cheaper barrel, like the ER shaw barrels. They make decent barrels for the money, but they are not a custom barrel or one I would put in the "match grade" category.
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#7068048 - 02/06/18 11:08 AM Re: 7 Rem Mag Rebarrel [Re: Texan Til I Die]
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I haven't really priced anything yet. Off the top of my head, I'd planned to spend around $500 or so. Will that get me into something decent, or should I up that figure?
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#7068093 - 02/06/18 11:40 AM Re: 7 Rem Mag Rebarrel [Re: Texan Til I Die]
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Originally Posted By: Texan Til I Die
I haven't really priced anything yet. Off the top of my head, I'd planned to spend around $500 or so. Will that get me into something decent, or should I up that figure?


$350 for a cut rifled blank. But a choice of some of the finest barrels in the world. Bartlein, Brux, Obermeyer, Rock Creek, Krieger.

$350 to the gunsmith.
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#7069063 - 02/07/18 04:43 AM Re: 7 Rem Mag Rebarrel [Re: Texan Til I Die]
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It's worth spending the extra 100 or so to get a premium barrel and have a good smith chamber it. Buying a drop in Shaw or the like vs having something like a bartlein chambered by someone doing it right is kinda comparing a ls engine out of a truck to one out of a corvette. There basicaly the same.. but not really.

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#7071254 - 02/08/18 05:42 PM Re: 7 Rem Mag Rebarrel [Re: Texan Til I Die]
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Get a Shilen Stainless Select Match barrel. $449 and you can install it on a savage yourself with a set of Headspace gauges.
http://www.shilen.com/savageBarrels.html
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#7071689 - 02/09/18 06:24 AM Re: 7 Rem Mag Rebarrel [Re: Texan Til I Die]
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Shilen barrels are cheaper at NSS. A select match barrel is $339 plus shipping. Thatís stainless.

I have installed 2 of them after attending Youtube University

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#7072472 - 02/09/18 04:55 PM Re: 7 Rem Mag Rebarrel [Re: scdogman]
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Originally Posted By: scdogman
Shilen barrels are cheaper at NSS. A select match barrel is $339 plus shipping. Thatís stainless.

I have installed 2 of them after attending Youtube University


I assume NSS is Natchez shooters supply? Or is it somewhere else, couldn't find them on their site?
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