Re: 7wsm or 300wsm?
You are going to get alot of advice and opinions on this one. Here is mine.
7mm = higher BC bullets for equal 30 cal weight. (in general)
30 cal = heavier bullets available with higher overall BCs (in general)
7mm vs 30 in recoil = nearly the same with bullets of equal weight. 30 cal will recoil harder with heavier bullets but hit the critters harder and make a bigger hole.
7mm vs 30 in velocity = Barrel length and bullet weight being equal, 30 cal will be faster.
7mm vs 30 cal barrel life = Cases being equal, similar life with the 7mm being slightly shorter.
All that said, they both offer great things for the long range hunter. If you want a legitimate 1000 yard elk rifle, you may be barking up the wrong tree with either, but if thats how it had to be, the 300WSM would be in my hands.
My vote goes for the 300.
Long range shooting is a process that ends with a result. Once you start to focus on the result (where the shot goes, how big the group is, what your buck will score, what your match score is, what place you are in...) then you loose the capacity to focus on the process.