Originally Posted by Prieto9000
I'm buying a new rifle, the question is if I should stick with the old proven 7mm Rem Mag or if I should upgrade to the Ultra Mag. I've had 7mm rem mags in the past and have no complaints.
Are those extra 200fps worth the extra recoil and 20gr of powder??
IMHO, I would stick with the trusty 7 mag. In some ways, the rum is dead. It will eat a barrel so fast, that by the time you get it to shoot, it is already substantially worn in the throat area. I find them to be finicky to load for, and are waaaay to much over bore. As my screen name implies, I am a 7 STW fan, which is about as much overbore that I think is practical AND SHOOTABLE. Brass is another issue. It is harder to find these days.
Now, the 7 mag, is very underrated. It is exceptionally accurate, is not hard to load for, and guns and brass are everywhere. The seven mag will never go away, but I fear a different fate for the 7 RUM.