Less than 800 yds
Originally Posted by trailside22
I have been thinking about a 7WSM. I like the the newer high BC bullets and the fact I can reload a vast range of bullets for; it is short action; and has been getting good reports from hunters and bench shooter alike. I do not like the fact that if ever needed there is not a lot of factory ammunition out there for it. I am however very open minded and open to any and all suggetions. This will be my one rifle that I will spend hours with, that I will learn and I will use for just about all of my hunting and target shooting needs. I am very interested into what your caliber suggestons will be.
Thank you for your help and suggestions. I have really enjoyed the reading and learning I have done on the forums in the past few weeks.
: 7mm Remington Magnum, 7mm WSM, 300 Win Mag, and 300 WSM will all be good to 800 yds, and are pretty similar performance wise within each caliber. If you want better access to factory loaded ammunition for some reason, the 7mm RM and 300 Win Mag would have the advantage, particularly in 7mm caliber. The 7mms will kick a little less than the 30 cals - each shooting heavy for caliber bullets. And the 7mm will have less slightly wind drift and higher muzzle velocities. I'd go one of the 7mms. 7mms have plenty of energy to kill elk to 800 yds.
More than 900 yds
: If you're only interested in 800 yds and closer read no further. But for shooting past 900 yds I actually think the 7mm is the better caliber between these cartridges because you can maintain bullet expansion velocity farther out with the 7mm VLDs than with the .30 VLDs in these calibers. If you want to shoot past 900 with the .30 calibers, then a 300 RUM class cartridge is called for to maintain sufficient bullet expansion velocities at these greater distances.
For example: My 7mm RM can maintain expansion velocity (~1700 fps) out to about 1000 yds with a 168 gr Berger VLD. My 300 Win Mag can maintain expansion velocity out to about 900 yds with a 210 Berger VLD.