Originally Posted by snowpro440
Don't believe a word about the 7mag doing what the 300 mag or WSM will do .Go with the .30cal , so many more choices an the energy to back it up . Most guns kick at the bench but when you get that elk or deer in your sights I never really feel the recoil ......terminal performance at long range on a .30 is better overall.
I picked these 2 loads based on common results, comparable muzzle vel, and the # of people that turn to them. In short using what folks are using.
How is that? Run a 300WM with a 210gr Berger at 2900 which I believe is pretty common, against a 7RM with 180gr Berger which is pretty common. At 1000yrds the 7RM has a 7 1/2" trajectory advantage 5" wind drift advantage 66fps advantage. The 300 has a 106Ft/lbs at advantage. Because of the higher BC and SD the 7 is going to out pace the the 30 in every category in another 100yrds. The point is their both so damn close together that the only real difference is in recoil. Myself I think I would just as soon spend the 2-300 $ that getting a 300 braked would run and spend it on other things like bullets and powder or what have you to aid me in becoming more proficient at putting that 1st round on target. but that's just me.
Your right recoil is seldom felt when shooting at game but at the range is a whole different story, and that's where skills, and habits both good and bad are developed. I personly don't really have anything against a muzzle brake, but they do tend to piss the guy off next to you when you blow the water out his eye.
Keep in mind the animals we shoot for food and display are not bullet proof. Contrary to popular belief, they bleed and die just like they did a hundred years ago. Being competent with a given rifle is far more important than impressive ballistics and poor shootability. High velocity misses never put a steak in the freezer.