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Unread 05-06-2009, 09:23 PM
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7mm or .30

wanting to build long range hunting gun. will mostly be hunting elk want a rifle that will be enough to drop one out to 800 to 1000 yards. want a 7mm or a .30 caliber maybe a 7mm rum or a 300 rum what are your opinions on them or recomedations for other cartriges

Also what action to use.

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    Re: 7mm or .30

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    wanting to build long range hunting gun. will mostly be hunting elk want a rifle that will be enough to drop one out to 800 to 1000 yards. want a 7mm or a .30 caliber maybe a 7mm rum or a 300 rum what are your opinions on them or recomedations for other cartriges


    Either caliber will work. If you look, there are guys dropping elk at greater ranges with both.

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    Re: 7mm or .30

    For Elk, the bigger frontal area, the better.

    300RUM won't have great barrel life, but will have better than the 7mm RUM.

    Of those 2 choices for elk, I'd pick the 300 every time.

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    Re: 7mm or .30

    300rum 210 berger sweeeeet
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    Re: 7mm or .30

    +1 on what AJ stated.

    Foe elk, the bigger the better. I also look at bbl life as a concideration. 300 RUM life is short and glorious yet is longer than the 7mmRUM.

    I am moving from the 300 RUM to the 300 WSM. I will still use a long action so I can seat those heavy bullets out far to maximize case capacity. I will loose some velocity but gain much more life and ease of tuning. The 300 and 7mm RUM's are a bit tempermental. A bit too much so for my taste.

    IMHO, the 338 RUM or EDGE with 300 SMK's would be the ultimate 1000 yard+ elk harvesting machine.
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    Re: 7mm or .30

    lineman_36,
    I have been been through the same thought process. I landed up settlling on the .338 Rum. Havent shot it yet but I had a .340wby (very similar) and liked it alot. either of the calibers you mentioned will be excellent. I personally would consider a .338, I would look at the 7mm STW as well (thats my next rifle). I am not the most season LR hunter, but this is what I came up with in a similar possition. Happy hunting and God bless.
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    Re: 7mm or .30

    If you are going with the ultra mag case then I would choose the .30 or .338. Too much waste with the 7mm in my opinion, unless you have a really long barrel.
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