Re: What caliber 7mm Rem Mag or 300 Win Mag
Well I have to disagree with Kiwi on the Savage rifle. The new Savage's are very capable of taking game to distances of 1200yrds. I don't know that much about Tikka's so, my hat will always go toward Savage. I own two of them and they have been real shooters. I wouldn't suggest the 116 because of barrel contour and length. I will suggest the New LRH Model 111 with the 26" barrel and muzzle break. They offer it in 7mm Rem Mag, 300 WM, and 338 WM. It sports a Chromoly barrel, Accu-Stock (proving to be a rock solid system), Accu-trigger, adjustable cheek rest, and the break can be turned off for field usage as not to worry about substantial hearing damage that you would get from leaving the break open.
Unless you reload, you are going to be hard pressed to find decent ammunition to shoot from the 7mm Rem Mag for shooting game to 1200yrds. It can be done, but the usage of 168 Bergers, 162 Hornady A-max and the 180 Berger (JLK, and Wildcat bullets in same weight and design also conducive but special order) provide the ballistics necessary. HSM ammunition uses the 168 in their loadings, but it may not work in your rifle to provide the accuracy necessary for long range hunting. If you are going to be hand loading, then the 7mm Rem Mag with any of the above bullets pushing velocities of 2950fps and above will accomplish your goal.
With all that said, there is ample factory ammo out there for the 300WM and 338WM that would get you to the 1200 mark with little effort (**practice at these distances being key and a must for accurate shots**). Federal, Black Hills ammunition offer excellent starting points for your endeavor. Again if you are hand loading, then it only gets better from there. The use of the 210 Berger, JLK, Sierra Match King, and the Hornady 208 A-max will provide the ballistics necessary to reach your query. The 338WM also has excellent bullets to get you there with Nosler Accubond 225grn, Hornady 225 SST and 250 BTHP match bullet.
I hope this helps. You want to have a long barrel (26"plus in the chosen calibers) for maximum efficiency of powder burn and maximum velocity for that caliber. Let me clarify that you need to have an accurate load, so sometimes max velocity is not the desired range, but for taking game at long range, you need to have the right combination of bullet weight, and velocity, plus accuracy to achieve your goal.
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Last edited by liltank; 03-06-2010 at 07:17 AM.