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Old 11-08-2011, 08:36 AM
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Re: 300 RUM or 7mm with 180 bergers at 3000 fps

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I wouldn't hesitate at all with the 180's from the 300 Rum or 150's from the 7mm STW even on elk.

An Elk is no where near to being as densely bodied as a big hog and they don't have the cartilage sheild in the shoulder/chest that a big boar does.

I've killed literally dozens of boars over 500lbs with 140gr Nosler Ballistic tips and Hornady interlock and interbond with both the 7mag and 7STW.

The one big hog I've shot so far with the 300 Rum and the 180gr Scirocco was a straight through and through through both shoulders and it had a nice exit not much bigger than a quarter. He was somewhere between 700-800lbs.
I sure would love to see some pics of a these MONSTER HOGS you have been shooting. I have shot a ton of hog and never find any that big got any pics.
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Old 11-08-2011, 07:35 PM
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Re: 300 RUM or 7mm with 180 bergers at 3000 fps

The 7MMstw is a great choice. A bit easier to handle than the 300RUM. That might be a reason in and of itself. If you want to go bigger the action can be used to go 300 or 338 edge later. The later would be a better upgrade as the 338 bullets are king pretty much. By the way, a guy set the European benchrest record fairly recently with I believe a 1 1/4 in group using a 300WSM/7MM. The bullet weight was around 177 I think. Good Luck any way you go. They are all powerful and accurate once you play with them.
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Old 11-08-2011, 08:17 PM
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Re: 300 RUM or 7mm with 180 bergers at 3000 fps

If you're on a budget and looking for used take off barrels, then I'd steer towards the 7RM. It'll likely last a bit longer than the 7STW.

Meanwhile, start saving for a big stick and when you get serious about Elk at 800yds+, then build a 338.

-- richard
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Old 11-10-2011, 04:48 PM
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Re: 300 RUM or 7mm with 180 bergers at 3000 fps

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If you're on a budget and looking for used take off barrels, then I'd steer towards the 7RM. It'll likely last a bit longer than the 7STW.

Meanwhile, start saving for a big stick and when you get serious about Elk at 800yds+, then build a 338.

-- richard
I dont disagree with this idea. Im not sure if I'll ever be able to get the money together to get two semi custom builds, scope and all but I do like this thought. I will probably end up with a budget semi custom build that is a fair balance and look at how longrange my elk hunting turns out to be. Then maybe jump up if it turns out I need the big rounds and use one gun that is overkill for the deer. I have a lighter T3 in 300wsm that I might rebarrel to a 270 wsm if this is the case, just so I have a good medium range/lightweight rifle.
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Old 11-11-2011, 10:04 PM
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Re: 300 RUM or 7mm with 180 bergers at 3000 fps

For what its worth I shoot a 24" barreled 7MM STW with a 180 VLD at 3000 fps and I love it. That being said I have looked at the 300 WIN not the RUM with 210's. But I like 7MM's.
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Old 11-11-2011, 10:23 PM
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Re: 300 RUM or 7mm with 180 bergers at 3000 fps

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I sure would love to see some pics of a these MONSTER HOGS you have been shooting. I have shot a ton of hog and never find any that big got any pics.
I've posted some here before, including a couple of great big old sows I shot one evening with the .204.

450-700lbs is pretty common for boars around here and sows between 350-500 are pretty common as well.

We aren't overrun with them like ya'll are down there so those we do have eat better.

For scale I'm 5'8 and 210lbs. The boar hung out at right around 495 gutted.

The smallest sow in the group of three weighed around 300lbs. The big old girl in the middle right at 500lbs.

For scale the dog on your left wighted almost seventy lbs and the male right at 90. I shot all three in about twenty seconds out in the middle of a big wheat field in Throckmorton County one evening.

I have seen some killed in Archer, Baylor, Young, and Throckmorton counties over 900lbs. There was one about 10 years ago killed in Throckmorton county that gutted weighed 1,230lbs. The had to bring him out of the field with a winch truck.
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Re: 300 RUM or 7mm with 180 bergers at 3000 fps

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If you're on a budget and looking for used take off barrels, then I'd steer towards the 7RM. It'll likely last a bit longer than the 7STW.

Meanwhile, start saving for a big stick and when you get serious about Elk at 800yds+, then build a 338.

-- richard
The STW's will last a long time as well as long as you aren't pushing Max loads on Max Bullets and just shooting the snot out of it.

I was looking for an excuse to put a custom bbl on my STW not long ago and had the local gun smith give it a hard look and he said it had plenty of life left in it and it's got well over 1,500rds through it.
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