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Unread 11-04-2013, 11:34 AM
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7mm wsm

I have a brand new Winchester Model 70 Classic Stainless in 7MM WSM that I won at an Auction like 10 years ago. It's been sitting in the Safe since then, and has never had a round through it. I was thinking of building this up as an Elk Rifle, and would welcome opinions on the Calliber for Elk.

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    Re: 7mm wsm

    Should be a great gun out of the box (no build needed) as long as it shoots well. It's a great caliber, with many decent options for elk sized game. Scope it up, take it to the range, and see how it shoots!
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    Re: 7mm wsm

    Unless you just want to customize your rifle the 7MM WSM is more than adequate as an Elk rifle.
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    Re: 7mm wsm

    7wsm is great elk medicine. Key is bullet selection, shot placement and knowing the limits of the rifle/load and shooter. Get the 180grain Berger Hybrids shooting .5moa and you have a rifle that will kill an elk from a looooong way away.
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    Re: 7mm wsm

    Thanks for the reply's. Scope preferences?, 4.5-14, 6-18, any ideas?

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    Re: 7mm wsm

    When it comes to optics, I tend to lean towards the higher magnification for a longrange rig. I started with a 6.5-20x50 and after shooting it for a while changed to 8.5-25x50. I found that the extra magnification at the top end was helpful while the slight increase at the lower end has very little downside.

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    Now if the intended use is for it to be a carry rifle, I would opt more toward a range of 5-15x or in my personal case a good 'ole 3-9x40

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    Re: 7mm wsm

    The 180s are a good idea, but you'll need to verify your twist. You've most likely got a 1 in 9.5" twist, which means 180s may or may not stabilize in your factory barrel. Your best bet for Bergers is 168s. 160 grain Accubonds also make a very fine long range load.
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