Re: 7mm Rem Mag load for Elk size game at 700 yards.
For elk I would not use the 7mm rem mag to begin with. Why shoot a marginal cartridge when you can get one that really works. I have seen way to many long sad faces in 35 years of elk hunting on guys shooting 7mm's. Lots of lost animals. Lots of difference between ballistic charts and actual hunting. Down in your country do you mean red deer which go down much easier than elk? Since you are shooting a marginal cartridge for an animal that size I would shoot a Barnes TTSX which would give you the best chance of anything of bringing the animal down. Ballistics are one thing but bringing an animal down is another.
Best of the west tv show has probably caused more wounded unrecovered dead elk than anything that I know of by people trying to use their products and duplicate what they see on the show. People watch the show and don't understand the slick editing process used to sell advertising dollars. According to the tv every shot is perfect. They are not going to make an advertiser look bad. They filmed a show out here and they shot a bull 11 times trying to bring it down with a 7 mm rem mag and 168 grain Berger bullets. They finally killed it and the show aired showing a perfect one shot kill.
I don't want to hurt anybodies feelings but this is what I have seen over many years and I am just passing that on. People can make there own choices.
I would shoot the Barnes TTSX exclusively if I had to shoot elk with a 7mm rem mag.
Any well placed shot with any legal centerfire rifle at a reasonable range will kill an elk. I am just trying to bring out points to consider, that I have learned through many years, when choosing a bullet or cartridge for a certain purpose. When the range stretches out there the bullets and cartridge choices change drastically.
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Last edited by Long Time Long Ranger; 04-27-2010 at 02:04 PM.