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Old 10-26-2011, 05:17 PM
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will a 7mm work for me?

I am from Northern Alaska, I hunt brown and black bears, caribou and moose on the open tundra. Sitting on the tundra you have 5+ miles visibility. My only rifles are chambered in 7.62x54 and .30-06. I want a rifle that I can use to reach out a little farther then my .30-06. I want something that shoots relatively flat. In the winter I haven't had much luck with rangefinders, probably due to the combination of snow, ice glare and sub -20 temps.

Will a 7mm win mag cut it out to 5-600 yards or should I look at rifles in 7mm RUM?
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Old 10-26-2011, 08:30 PM
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I am from Northern Alaska, I hunt brown and black bears, caribou and moose on the open tundra. Sitting on the tundra you have 5+ miles visibility. My only rifles are chambered in 7.62x54 and .30-06. I want a rifle that I can use to reach out a little farther then my .30-06. I want something that shoots relatively flat. In the winter I haven't had much luck with rangefinders, probably due to the combination of snow, ice glare and sub -20 temps.

Will a 7mm win mag cut it out to 5-600 yards or should I look at rifles in 7mm RUM?
300 RUM would be more appropriate than either of the sevens but if you are stuck on 7mm the Rum would be the best bet.

If I were in your shoes I'd probably think long and hard about the .338 Win or .338 RUM.

With the big, thick/heavy bodied critters out there the .300's and .338's just make more sense because they can deliver more energy and penetration at any range.
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Old 10-26-2011, 08:42 PM
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Re: will a 7mm work for me?

for the terrain your talking I would step to a .300 RUM or a .338 RUM. The 7mm Rem Mag isnt a bad choice but your talking the large end of the big game spectrum. I love my .338 RUM, I use it so much I got rid of most of my other rifles. I know that the bears up there get big and the moose are world class, the winds can also be world class in which case the .338's will buck the wind best.

If you ask me its a no-brainer... .338 RUM!

theres a fellow selling a .338 RUM remington Senduro in the classifieds on this site right now. it would be a gooder!
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Old 10-26-2011, 09:48 PM
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Re: will a 7mm work for me?

Thanks guys I'll read up on the 338 mag. I lost a couple brown bears this season, that were a couple miles away, I stalked them to within 1000 yards but the wind shifted and they turned tail.
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Re: will a 7mm work for me?

If six hundred is your limit then the .300 Rum, 338wm, or .338 RUM will all meet your needs very well.
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Re: will a 7mm work for me?

Every parameter you've plugged into the equation is extreme! Any advantage you can obtain take it. I wouldn't say the big 7's won't work, but I think the reasoning behind the big 338 recommendations are sound.
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Re: will a 7mm work for me?

If you hand load check out the 338 Edge otherwise go for the 338 ultra. Put a brake on it and it won't be bad the shoot. The critters are big up there and in some cases can eat you so go with the biggest you can shoot accurately. The 338 has a great bullet selection and you can make those long shots with great energy when it gets there. A 7 mag is not enough gun for a long range moose.
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