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Old 03-25-2010, 11:21 AM
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Re: 300. wsm vs. 7mm rem mag.

Your 7mm rem mag will do everything you want to do. No need to get another rifle unless you just want one. Moose are large animals and require a good quality bullet but are not known as being hard to bring down. I have killed several alaskan moose and they are not extremely hard to take down for their size. A 7 rem mag with a good quality bullet is plenty.

That being said I always favor the larger calibers for that slight edge I may get in some situations. I am color blind and need a lot of blood on the ground. Smaller caliber wounds many times get coverd over with thick hide and leave no blood trail. Big, heavy large caliber bullets are more effective on game. When I first got started many years ago I studied and calculated ballistics continuously. The 7mm looks good on paper and I shot the 7mm-300 wby and 7mm wby mags a lot back then. But as my big game experience grew watching numerous hits and seeing the results I began realizing caliber plays a big role. For instance the charts say the 7mm has just as much or more power at a certain range but the animals reaction says no way. Their are glitches in those charts when it comes to actually bringing an animal down. Last year on here a guy produced all kind of ballistic data on the 7mm rem mag vs the 338 win mag. His charts and they were correct showed that the 7mm hit with more power at long range and should be the best choice on elk which was the subject. They are essentially the same case just necked to different calibers. But I can tell you from much personal experience there is no comparison to a 338 win mag hitting large game vs a 7mm rem mag. The power shown by the reaction effect on the animal when hit by the 338 win mag far overcomes the effect of one getting hit with a 7mm rem mag. Although the charts don't show this.

So, back to your question. Personally I had rather hunt with the larger caliber 300 wsm. But your 7mm rem mag will do everything you listed and I wouldn't pay the extra money if I had a 7mm rem mag in my rack. Just like everybody said. It all just comes down to personal prefference. If I were going moose hunting today and both were on the shelf I would take the 300 wsm with a 200 grain bullet over the 7mm rem mag.
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Old 09-14-2013, 05:06 PM
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Re: 300. wsm vs. 7mm rem mag.

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Is the .300 WSM a custom action or are you going to use the short action, which is customary for the short magnum family. If you will use the short action for the WSM then you won't be using the heavy bullets others have mentioned. Too long or too far down in the case. For normal long range hunting the 7's are great, for a little more omph the longer 300 mags are great, for substantial more power maybe raise the bar abit and look at the .338 cartridges, Win mag, Weatherby, suam or Lapua.

Good luck... great to have this kind of delema!
sofaly are you shooting a 300wsm?. The reason i am asking is because i am shooting a winchester model 70 300wsm and i shot a deer through the sholder head on and blew a 6 inch hole in him. It blew out his hart and lungs through the left side using a 165gr sierra bt.
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Re: 300. wsm vs. 7mm rem mag.

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Re: 300. wsm vs. 7mm rem mag.

I have a friend that has hunted from Africa to Alaska and shot most game you can think of, not to mention, the listed game; with a good 'ol 280 rem. I always love to read the posts about needing a 338 ultra to go elk hunting. Stick with the 7 you'll be fine, shot placement shoot be more stressed over than caliber.
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Re: 300. wsm vs. 7mm rem mag.

I usually use a 7x57 custom by HET, Shilen 26"ss barrel and 130gr speer SBT, (53.5 gr H4831 fed 215 primer and Win cases avg 3180 fps by chronograph). While I have many different rifles. this one is my favorite. While I lived in Wyoming, I usually used a Sako L61R in .338 Win. 200 gr speer spritzer, also used a .30-06 with the Sierra 165 HPBT. Shoulder shots always ruin a lot of meat and I prefer high lung shots. Killed a bull Oryx with a .35 Whelen and 250 fr speers... way too much gun! Had a .280 rem by HET and gave that to one of my sons, too close to the 7x57.
I would probally prefer the 7mm Rem or 30-06 over the 300wsm just because of the ability to use longer bullets. Good Luck!
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Re: 300. wsm vs. 7mm rem mag.

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I have a friend that has hunted from Africa to Alaska and shot most game you can think of, not to mention, the listed game; with a good 'ol 280 rem. I always love to read the posts about needing a 338 ultra to go elk hunting. Stick with the 7 you'll be fine, shot placement shoot be more stressed over than caliber.
Thank you!!! You and I will get along fine on here. Shot placement is more important than caliber size. I've been saying that for a long time.
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Thank you!!! You and I will get along fine on here. Shot placement is more important than caliber size. I've been saying that for a long time.
That is a straw man argument. When selecting a chambering you select based on the characteristics and attributes of the of the cartridge, not the shooter.

If the shooter is poor, mediocre or expert, he will be poor mediocre or expert with either choice. The fact that the shooter is able to place the bullet accurately through the vitals does not dismiss the fact that the bigger bullet is going to do more damage.
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