Got a call from a shooting buddy last night telling that he just picked
up an older Rem M700 in 7mm BDL Rem Mag. He had won the auction at an estate sale and said the gun is in excellent shape. So I headed out to his place
on the farm and brought along my M700 30/06 along with 100 of my handloads. The gun itself is like new, barrel is imaculate but no scope yet.
He always told me he will get started reloading but has not yet, maybe this
will convince him. He went and picked up 3 boxes of Winchester
Winchester Supreme Ammo 7mm Rem Mag 150gr @$39 per box of 20ea with tax!!
Anyway I set up a target at 25 yards to get on paper and adjusted the iron
sights and was printing 100 yard groups at about 5".!!
I told him after we both shot off a rest that the rifle is more accurate than
that and I felt something was wrong. I than drove home (4 miles) and picked
up my 2 chronys, CED Millennium 2 Chronograph and a F1 shooting chrony and headed back to his place. I than shot 5 rounds thru both
chronies and they averaged 2550fps!!! I thought ok lets try a new batteries in
the chrony's and the factory loads still were averaging 2550fps!
Ok, now we are going to try my /06 with my handloads, the loads for the /06
were 165gr Speer deep curl with 57gr of ramshot "hunter showed" 2800fps
constanly across the chrony. I then fired 5 more 7mm rounds thru the chrony
and as before it was averaging 2550fps. I told my buddy something is wrong
with these factory loads as they should be around 2700 to 2800fps.
When I had my 7mm Rem I always had good results with the loads I made up and
even when I gave it to my son, it was and still is a tack driver. So what to
make of this? Since my buddy brought 3 boxes and we shot 2 boxes, I told him lets head back to my house and reload the fired cases since I still have the
dies for them. So since I have 8lbs of H1000 and 45 of Nosler's 175gr
partition 7mm boolits laying around, I loaded 25 of them with 64grs of H1000
with oal at 3.290" and headed back to his place.
Viola, speeds were up back where they belong at 2815fps constantly.
Very disapointing for the 7mm Rem Winchester white box factory cartridge. But the good thing out of all of this is he opened his credit card and bought a Hornady lnl and scales, dies and has said he will never buy another factory round.
That being said, he will still call Winchester on Monday and tell them. Also
called Bass Pro Shops an still waiting on a phone call back.
Just food for thought, there are a lot of shooters and hunters who do not
roll their own and use factory rounds all the time. Even so, let alone having a
chronograph!! The 7mm Rem has always been a good round for long range shooting and then some. I have not shot a factory round in 35 years and am defiantly wondering why is the reason they downloaded this excellent cartridge?
Edit: just found out there was a recall on this ammo and in our case the lot
# was VL92 on all 3 of his boxes. And this recall was back in Aug/2005 and
Bass Pro Shops still had the dam things on the shelf. WTF!!