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Old 11-29-2011, 01:43 PM
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Which 7mm for a long range rifle?

Which 7mm for a long range rifle out to 800 yards on deer and antelope? What would the max efective range on elk. I would like something i can buy ammo for. I am eventually gonna reload but i would like to be able to buy some ammo. I would like a 24" barrel or maybe a 26". No longer than 26".
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Old 11-29-2011, 01:49 PM
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Which 7mm for a long range rifle out to 800 yards on deer and antelope? What would the max efective range on elk. I would like something i can buy ammo for. I am eventually gonna reload but i would like to be able to buy some ammo. I would like a 24" barrel or maybe a 26". No longer than 26".
7mm Rem Mag or 7mm STW with those criteria.

You get a few hundred more FPS from the 7 RUM but it comes at a high price in terms of blast, recoil, and overall expense.

There's nothing in N. America I'd hesitate to shoot with the 7mm STW at 800yds with the right bullet.
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For 800yds a 7SAUM would do you well.

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7mm Remington Magnum...
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Old 11-29-2011, 03:50 PM
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Re: Which 7mm for a long range rifle?

If you can't be talked into a 30 cal or better yet, a 338 cal, go with the 7mm STW. The 7 RUM doesn't give a significant increase in velocity, at least until you have a very long barrel. However, the 7 RUM has very poor barrel life.

On the other side, the 7mm Rem Mag is harder on throats than the 7 STW, and the 7 STW is a couple hundred fps faster.
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If you can't be talked into a 30 cal or better yet, a 338 cal, go with the 7mm STW. The 7 RUM doesn't give a significant increase in velocity, at least until you have a very long barrel. However, the 7 RUM has very poor barrel life.

On the other side, the 7mm Rem Mag is harder on throats than the 7 STW, and the 7 STW is a couple hundred fps faster.
I have heard the opposed. As far as I'm aware the stw actually has a little freebore which causes significantly faster erosion and was a great factor for a member here creating the 7mm practical (7-300 win mag with modified shoulder I believe).You can narrow the choices by establishing your preferences. Short action Id say 7 wsm better available brass/ammo. Long I'd say 7 RM better barrel life. In regards to your question on elk with the right bullet (160+ vlds) you can take elk out to 800 but you are at the outer limits, still not unethical but still approaching the limit, if you want the longest range the stw gets the nod.
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Old 11-29-2011, 06:26 PM
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Re: Which 7mm for a long range rifle?

The 7mm wby mag gets my vote, with factory ammo the stw shows no gain in performance and has more recoil, and with the long bottlenecked weatherby case it will last just as long as a 7mm rem mag.
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