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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Last edited by WildRose; 07-14-2011 at 01:57 AM.