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Unread 02-09-2012, 08:33 PM
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Re: 7mm rem mag vs. 270 win

Wow lots of different opinions ha, Im not a big guy, I'm average and 19, I can hit a clay at 650 yards 3-4 out of 5 shots. And elk are tough, Ive put a round through one rifht in the shouder and lungs and it ran 200+ yards. I want a clean dropper that reaches out. Keeping these in mind a couple questions come up. I enjoy shooting my rifles a lot and also there is a rifle I really want that comes in 7mm rem mag, 300 win mag and 300 ultra mag, I want to know the most cost effective way to reduce the recoil of these rounds, any ideas?
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Unread 02-09-2012, 09:05 PM
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Re: 7mm rem mag vs. 270 win

Any of those rifles would work. Put a brake on if you want less recoil. If elk are on your list and you want to shoot them at distance of clays and past, get the 300's
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Unread 02-09-2012, 09:08 PM
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Re: 7mm rem mag vs. 270 win

My 338 RUM is a Rem 700 Sporter (light barrel) 9 pounds loaded and ready to go. I use it single shot. Shot the 300 gr Berger @ 2735 FPS MV. Well under MOA @ 1200 yds.

My grandson, 15 yo and 115 pounds shoots it all afternoon prone off of bipod(20 shots) w/no adverse effects.

It has a Holland QD brake. It moves about an inch back then pulls forward. I would compare recoil experience to an 11 pound 270 Win shooting 140s @ 3200. More push than punch.

Id recommend one of Jim See's Muscle Brakes for even greater reduction in felt recoil.

I swapped the wood stock for a tupperware one for weight reduction. Less weight translates into less felt recoil with a brake.

I can spot all shots, unless the shooting position is really bad, from 200 yds on out. The scope never leaves the target which says the recoil is straight back.

Its a fine carry rig with 1200 yard capability if the shooting position is a good one.
I may be the slowest guy on the mountain . . . . but . . . . I'm on the mountain!
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Unread 02-09-2012, 09:50 PM
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Re: 7mm rem mag vs. 270 win

When I put a Shilen tube on my 7mag, I had them install a brake and give me a cap thread protector too. The rifle has a pachmyer pad on it. Turned out I didn't need the brake. So on my recent 7mag build I did not have a brake put on it. 7mag is manageable for recoil. I get flinchy with the 300 RUM w/o a brake, so I keep it on.
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Unread 02-10-2012, 12:18 AM
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Re: 7mm rem mag vs. 270 win

The 7mm rem mag is plenty, practice more, cannons wound just as easy from operator error. 7mm rem mag 180 berger 3050, 300wm 210 berger 2900, 338wm 250smk 2750, do the math and see what hits the hardest. You could go 300rum if you like significantly reduced barrel life and crap brass. And yes I own a 338 edge but its only because I can, sometimes it is overkill and the brass is crap.
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Unread 02-10-2012, 07:39 AM
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Re: 7mm rem mag vs. 270 win

The 7RM is definitely a step up from a 270.

If you are looking at a dedicated elk hunting rifle look at the 300 mag or 300rum.

With the same velocity the 270 shoots a 140-150, the 7RM a 160, and the 300 a 190-210.

That being said a 300 isn't going to drop elk on the spot without perfect shot placement any better than a 270...the elk will probably go a lot shorter distance though and leave a blood trail.

That being said I usually hunt elk with a 270WSM.
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Unread 02-10-2012, 12:17 PM
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Re: 7mm rem mag vs. 270 win

I'm like Roy. Why not just buy an elk rifle instead of trying to make something very marginal fit. For long range elk get a 338 something. None kick with a brake.
What a load of crap.
A 7mm Remington is plenty fine for elk. I have personally witnessed elk taken at over 900 yards with one. If you want more punch move up to a 300 magnum. Don't let anyone tell you which one to get. They all work fine. You have to pay for it so you decide. Remember that the heavier the bullet, the harder the recoil. Shooting well always beats shooting harder.
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