Thank you for the revival of this particular thread (deserves it
) and the informative post, which was also good to read.
Personally, I do like diversity, so it’s great to hear about other intriguing 7mms’then all the time about the same “candidates”. That’s getting quite boring by the time …
The 7x61 Sharpe & Hart you mentioned could have been a strong candidate also for me personally, but it’s unfortunately fading away more and more, and only Norma produces head stamped brass. At least as good as the famous 7RM it did suffer from the same release date and the lack of relevant marketing in the USA. The 7x61 S&H is something for die - hard supporters, and not useful if somebody wants to use it on hunting tours due to the total lack of factory ammunition. Almost the same is to say about the 7x66 SE v. Hofe. A very modern creation due to its beltless case with a big H20 volume and performance on 7WBY – level. Unfortunately, this great cartridge suffers from a lack of supplies beyond European borders. Although there are still three minor producers to find and head stamped brass isn’t an issue over here on the “Old Continent”.
7 STW, intriguing cartridge, but very rare to find over here. Lots of performance, but for my taste too big concerning case length and exclusively overbore.
Actually, for me it boils down to the 7WBY. Even today a modern design apart from its belted case. Great performance and four producers of factory ammo that is available worldwide. I know there has been always a certain freebore - discussion that is overestimated IMO. There are many other rounds with significant freebore, which in spite of deliver great accuracy.