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Old 04-11-2010, 01:37 AM
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Another caliber choice?

Ok guys, I know this topic is like beating a dead horse, but here it goes. I am currently not financially able to get a custom build done (college), and was thinking about getting Savages new 11 or 111 long range hunter. There are 3 calibers im intrested in; 300 WSM, 6.5X284, or 7 RM. My question is which would you go with, I live in Montana and hunt elk and deer and would like to be able to get out there 800 or so yards.

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Old 04-11-2010, 09:00 AM
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Re: Another caliber choice?

If im not mistaken the 6.5-284. has the most potential for long range hunting and shooting, but it does carry a litter bullet. I have a 7mm rem mag and a 300. wsm and i love both. My 7mm is more comfortable to shoot due to the 300. wsm being a lighter gun with harsher recoil. Both of these gun are fantastic for long range hunting. The 7mm rem mag loaded with 168 grain berger maybe your best choice of the 3. Best of the West uses both the 6.5-284 and a 7mm rem mag. They shoot 168 grain berger in the 7mm and have put animals down past ranges you wont believe.

As much as i love the 300 my vote goes to the 7
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Old 04-11-2010, 09:22 AM
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Re: Another caliber choice?

That's a hard choice!! Any one of those would get it done. Is the 6.5-284 on a long action? Important if you want to shoot the long high bc bullets and still have a chance of using the magazine. All three are excellence choices. The 300 WSM will deliver the most energy at long range. For what you want to do, i'd give the edge to the 300 WSM.

Do you handload? If not, then don't get a 300 wsm. Then get a 7mag, ammo is more available and black hills loads the 162 A-max.
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Old 04-11-2010, 09:51 AM
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Re: Another caliber choice?

I can't decide!

The best 7mm rem mag load has the capability to go farther by a one or two hundred yards past the best 300 WSM load due to retained velocity (7mm has higher bullet bc like 162 A-max or 168 VLD). Both are plentiful for 800 yards with proper loads, the 300 has more elk stomping loads.

But the 6.5 and 7 has some amazing ballistics (high bullet bc) and still does great on elk with good shot placement.

There are factory Savage 7mm WSM out there, just letting ya know.

Good luck.

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Old 04-11-2010, 01:43 PM
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That's a hard choice!! Any one of those would get it done. Is the 6.5-284 on a long action? Important if you want to shoot the long high bc bullets and still have a chance of using the magazine. All three are excellence choices. The 300 WSM will deliver the most energy at long range. For what you want to do, i'd give the edge to the 300 WSM.

Do you handload? If not, then don't get a 300 wsm. Then get a 7mag, ammo is more available and black hills loads the 162 A-max.
The 6.5 is on a LA, and yes I do handload.
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Old 04-11-2010, 01:47 PM
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I can't decide!

The best 7mm rem mag load has the capability to go farther by a few hundred yards past the best 300 WSM load due to retained velocity. Both are plentiful for 800 yards, but the 300 has more elk stomping loads.

But the 6.5 and 7 has some amazing ballistics and still does great on elk with good shot placement.

There are factory Savage 7mm WSM out there, just letting ya know.

Good luck.
Yes, I wished they offered this gun in 7 WSM, then I wouldnt be posting this. This gun has a lot of nice features for a reasonable price.
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Re: Another caliber choice?

Being a hand loader, My choice would be the 300WSM with a 200+ grain bullet atop RL17 or H4350. You will be able to push a 208-210 grain bullet to 2950+ (26"+ barrel) fps that will give you a lot of stopping power at 800, but could extend that to 1000 or so yards. At altitude for Elk you could extend that to 1200yrds. So that is my thought. The 7RM is going to be close, but the farther you go the 7mm losses its retained energy but maintains speed, where you get the opposite from the 300WSM.

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