Originally Posted by craigf
Rattling around the idea of having a 7mm Dakota built. I am looking for the pros, cons, and general feelings on this particular cartridge. Thanks for any input.
The 7mm Dakota has 89 grains case capacity. The 7mm STW has 97 grains and the 7mm Rem Ultra has 112 grains.
However, the 7mm Dakota can comfortably handle properly seated heavy VLD bullets like the 180 grain Berger from a 3.6" magazine (like a Rem 700) which the 7mm STW and 7mm Rem Ultra cannot. The 7mm Dakota case is only 2.5" long, like a 7mm Rem Mag.
But beware, the 7mm Dakota only has a 3.33" SAAMI spec cartridge length. If you want to use it for long range make sure you get it in a rifle with a longer than SAAMI spec magazine. 3.6" is comfortable. A 3.34" magazine is not.