Originally Posted by cabinfever
I personally don't think it's sound advice to reccomend to a newby to fling bullets at elk at 1000 yds with limited experience, a factory rifle, and factory ammo. But if were going to indulge him, the 7mm has a lot less room for error at that distance. And for clarification, my ballistic data is not favoring reloads or factory ammo. It's based on a 3000 fps velocity with the same weight of bullets.
Perhaps you should read back through the thread at my posts to him.
This is the hunt he's going to do. This is what he wants to do and he has asked for help in getting him there.
Amongst other things I have strongly encouraged him to shorten the range to inside 600yds if at all possible.
I also pointed out to him that to get competent it will take lots of practice in varying condtions, taking good notes of his necessary corrections to become competent.
Of course you are going to get a results favoring the 7 mag over the 300 wm using identical bullett weights because the sectional density and advantage in BC to the 300 is not going to show up until you go to the heavier bullets.
Mind you 25 years ago I had to help a friend come up with a 7mm rem load his 11yo 80lbs son could shoot when he unexpectedly drew an elk tag in NM for the boy in NM.
He killed his buck at 375 paces with a single shot to the heart with a 120gr SP loaded down to 2800fps, with an old savage cut down to fit his LOP.
I've been shooting the 7 mag myself since 1972 so I'm well familiar with it.
This isn't about "my caliber is better than yours" or any other kind of ******* contest, it's about trying to help a kid succeed.