Originally Posted by KQguy
Personally,I would narow it down between the 7mmRem mag,and the 7mmWSM.I would give the nod to the 7mmWSM,because it is not a belted case.I know a belted case is not that big of a deal,but since they are nearly identical balistically,I would just go with the 7mmWSM.just my $.02
BTW,I shoot a 7MMwsm and would not trade it for anything,great balistics,and very efficient as far as powder consumption goes.I shoot alot,so efficiency is important to me.
I once owned a 7mm remington magnum in a 700 ADL. The belts used to give me fits, feeding through the action. If I ever get one belt behind the belt of the cartridge below it, it caused a double feed and a jam, then when the bolt was retracted, the top round would eject! Not fun in a hunting situation.
I sold it for less than I care to mention.
Now I've got a re-built 7wsm and its fantastic. Certainly the 26" barrel is appropriate - I can meet and slightly exceed the loading data in my nosler and hornady manuals.
The winchester WSM action is actually a "medium" action. Longer than the model 70 short action, not quite as long as their "long" action. Its a wonderful marketing scheme they came up with - hype up the SHORT ACTION cartridge, but then sell rifles with a longer action!
With a properly throated barrel, OAL is a non-issue (the factory barrel was throated too long). I had the 70 ultimate shadow which was a problem because of the pencil barrel longer throat and the flexy stock. Plus, it fouled like mad! Maybe the "classic" is better off the shelf.
Now my wsm action wears a bedded "classic" stock and a Pac-Nor barrel, with a timney trigger - completely different gun!
By the way, if you don't mind getting creative, the 7-300wsm is probably a better choice with Norma brass and a longer neck.