Originally Posted by briar rabbit
Ok-the more I read the the more confused I get. I am looking to buy or build a gun. In the last five years I have shot deer and elk from 40 yards to a little over 500 (most shots average 200 yards or less). I do reload and am partial to the 30 cal but not stuck on it. My family thrives off of the wild meat we harvest each year so don't want a gun that will waste meat with correct bullet placement. My goal is to be able to shot out to 700 yards without sacificing the abuilty to shoot at close range. I am mesmerized with the ballistic of these bullets, what are your thoughts?
- 257 stw
- 7mm stw
- 7mm um
- 300 um
well briar rabbit you left out one. The 6.5mm STW if you look into that one i think it might impress you more than the other ones. I have 2, 7mmSTWs and love them and would not trade them for anything .......well except for maybe a 6.5mm STW which actually i have planned on taking the action off of one and building the 6.5stw when i get the funds. I have a 257 Wby mag so dont need the 257STW
but i have a good friend who has one and he really likes it.
As far as the other ones on the list my bro has a 7mmum and likes it but there is no advantage of it over the STW. actually i think there is a drawback because you can only get Remington brass for the UM and i guess the same would be true for the 300.
A 257STW shooting a 115 Berger bullet at 3500FPS
zeroed at 100 would be 111inches low at 800
A 6.5mm STW shooting a 140 Berger bullet at 3400FPS
zeroed at 100 would be 104 inches low at 800
Thats why i like the 6.5
If however you dont want to deviate from your list go with the 7mm STW
Good luck with your decision