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Old 01-23-2011, 11:41 PM
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Re: 7wsm or 300wsm?

Thank's for yals responses. It makes since to me also that if the recoil is negligable with a brake then that is the better choice. Brad
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Old 01-24-2011, 03:19 AM
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I am considering purchasing my first long range rifle for deer to elk sized game. Til now the largest centerfire rifle I have owned has been the 25-06. I am considering both the 7wsm and the 300wsm. My concerns are that the 7wsm will not have the terminal impact on elk sized game at longer range(800-1000yds) however I am concerened the 300wsm will have so much recoil that while practicing at the range I will develop a flinch. Are my concerns founded, Which caliber would yal recommend and would a muzzel brake cure the problem of recoil in the larger caliber? All advice is appreciated. Thank's, Brad
the 7wsm would for me be the better choice use a 139 or 140 gr. bullet it will kill any elk in north america, i shoot a 7mm RUM and a 300 RUM also a 7 mm also just had a custom 338 lapua built i like them all but the 7mm bullets are better ballistically than the 30 cal LANCE
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Old 06-23-2011, 02:20 PM
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Re: 7wsm or 300wsm?

I can testify to the 7mm bullet being a good Elk killer.
Friends of mine live in a part of MT where the elk hunt is more a need to fill the freezer to feed the family, than to enjoy hunting. Many Many elk, between all the members of the Family over 40 years, have been killed by a singel shot. and all have dropped to either 270 or 7mm. Granted this is inside 500yds so your desire for a 1000yds gun might better follow someone elses advice.
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Old 06-23-2011, 02:40 PM
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Re: 7wsm or 300wsm?

The 7mm bullet itself is not the problem. Its the wsm case that is the limiting factor. If you were talking about a big case like the 7stw, Dakota, or RUM and using the larger 180gr+ bullets you would be fine on elk at extended ranges. But the little wsm ain't up to snuff. Go for the 300wsm.
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Old 08-22-2011, 03:09 AM
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Re: 7wsm or 300wsm?

The only thing that really matters is shot placement and knowing what is an ethical shot. Rule of thumb is the crappier you are at making clean shots the bigger the gun you need. In all honesty you could kill a trophy bull every year with a 25-06 if you can shoot confidently. Or you can get the biggest meat wrecker your wallet can handle if ya don't mind retrieving your game with a mop and a bucket. If you need to take shots at elk from 400-500-600 yards and farther then you need to learn the art of calling, or your way to noisy, or not paying attention to your wind. Getting back to the original question, shoot which ever one fits you best and gives you the most versatile range or rounds. I prefer the 300wsm and have dropped every thing from trophy mulies and white tails to Canadian moose without having to look farther then where they stood when I pulled the trigger.

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Old 08-22-2011, 09:34 AM
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The only thing that really matters is shot placement and knowing what is an ethical shot. Rule of thumb is the crappier you are at making clean shots the bigger the gun you need. In all honesty you could kill a trophy bull every year with a 25-06 if you can shoot confidently. Or you can get the biggest meat wrecker your wallet can handle if ya don't mind retrieving your game with a mop and a bucket. If you need to take shots at elk from 400-500-600 yards and farther then you need to learn the art of calling, or your way to noisy, or not paying attention to your wind. Getting back to the original question, shoot which ever one fits you best and gives you the most versatile range or rounds. I prefer the 300wsm and have dropped every thing from trophy mulies and white tails to Canadian moose without having to look farther then where they stood when I pulled the trigger.
I agree with a lot of what you're saying. But, I would put a different spin on it.

Since we don't discuss ethics here, I can only speak for myself. But, if I was into LRH and wasn't setting out to call an elk into close range, then I'd simply feel more comfortable with an extra safety margin. i.e. bigger cartridge

Regardless of the cartridge, I would expect myself to be 99.9% certain of hitting the vitals under the actual conditions at the time.

If you simply don't like recoil, then weight and brakes will solve the problem. So, there's no excuse for being under-gunned.

It's all relative. If 7RM won't reach out far enough to your liking, you either need faster mv such as 7STW with the added expense of ammo and barrel life. Or, you need to step up to 30 cal or 338.

I put a 300 WM barrel on my Sendero and my 15yo son shot it just fine. Once I stick a brake on it, I expect he'll be shooting 20 shot strings without hesitation.

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