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7mm RUM vs .300 RUM

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Old 06-23-2009, 05:04 PM
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7mm RUM vs .300 RUM

I would like to get a new rifle for taking on Baboon and medium sized game out to 800 yds. I kind of fancy getting a 7mm RUM, but now i'm wondering if 300RUM or even 338 Lapua magnum would be more versatile.
If i am hoping to get more than one baboon at a time i would have to quiet the rifle down quite a bit so a suppressor would be a must. how does this affect acuracy at long range when compared to muzzle brakes?
Your 0.02 welcome.
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Old 06-23-2009, 05:30 PM
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Re: 7mm RUM vs .300 RUM

At 800 yards there is more noise from the bullet than there ever will be from the muzzle. Gun fire is a very faint sound at 800 yards. My opinion is that you scrap the suppressor idea.

2nd, on paper and in the real world, the 7 RUM and 300 RUM are impressive. They are also MURDER on barrels. It doesnt seem like a baboon merits a RUM even at the distances youre talking. Save some coin on reloading supplies and replacment barrels and look for a more user friendly caliber for the application.

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Originally Posted by Broz View Post
Please just answer one very simple question. Why would anyone shooting long range load a low BC , low SD 168 gr offering in a 300 win???????

My answer to this is. The only reason is to make the 7 RM look good. There is no other reason.

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Old 06-24-2009, 05:57 PM
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Re: 7mm RUM vs .300 RUM

I would agree with Mike. Go with a smaller caliber that is easy on the barrel. Like a 308. Tried and true. It will get the job done out to 800 yards+ and the barrel will last for thousands of rounds.
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