Do you know what kind of velocity you're getting with the 180gr? Surprisingly to me that the Hogden reloading guide shows the 7RM as driving a 175 only about 100 fps faster than a .308 Win., but I always thought it was significantly more powerful. Then I see people on forums talking about getting close to 3000fps with the 180s.
I'm vascillating between a 7mm RemMag and a 7mm WSM
. I like the WSM because of the supposed increase in accuracy from the shorter fatter case, the efficiency of powder is greater, the short action is supposedly stiffer, the short bolt throw, etc. But the models chambered in WSM are limited compared to the 7RM so I may end up with the latter. Your listing of weight is helpful. I want something light enough to carry around, but heavy enough to be stable for accuracy and fun shooting (reduced recoil). I was considering a 10 lb. (naked) Browning but that may be a burden to carry in the mtns, up/down canyons, etc. So now falling back to something around 7 lbs. naked.
Any thoughts/suggestions anyone??