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Old 07-13-2011, 04:30 PM
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Re: caliber choice

Then 7mm or the 300wm will get the job done if you do your part. I've Taken 13 elk since 1980. All of them were taken with a Remington 700 7mm mag. That is my go to round.
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Old 07-13-2011, 06:23 PM
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Re: caliber choice

well guess i should say i have a few others ..my go to deer gun is my grandfathers pre 64 model 70 he gave me in .270. and i have various others. and yes ,u cant get bear hunter in 7mm from what i can tell. so if its the 7mm has to be lrh or what
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Old 07-13-2011, 06:26 PM
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Will this be your only rifle?
Or, do you already have a basic deer rifle?
no i have others but this will be my elk and lr gun
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Old 07-13-2011, 07:56 PM
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so if its the 7mm has to be lrh or what
You could always call Savage and have them build the bear hunter and chamber it in 7mm RM for you. They will do that.

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Old 07-13-2011, 08:25 PM
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Re: caliber choice

Like Tank said, the Savage custom shop can hook it up from what I've heard!! With a 23in barrel you may get a little more snort with the 300 WSM in the Bear Hunter.
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Old 07-13-2011, 10:26 PM
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no i have others but this will be my elk and lr gun
Then, you might as well go big.
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Old 07-14-2011, 01:54 AM
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Re: caliber choice

Where is your comfort level range wise?

Out to 800yds, the 7 mag is enough gun for virtually all N. American game if you put it in the right place.

If you are planning on shooting beyond that range at elk and other big game then you need to move up to the 300's, 325wsm (if you want to stick to SA's) or 338's as they carry far more energy down range.

Then of course you have to establish where your comfort level is with recoil because the bigger you go, the higher price you will pay there.

If you decide on the big 300's and 338's as likely candidates I'd strongly suggest finding someone who has one who would let you shoot it for a few rounds to see if you can tolerate it.

Recoil rarely matters in the field because you just don't notice it due to excitement, but when practicing/sighting in, it can play a big and painful factor.
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