Re: Big 7 vs Big 30 --- long range rifle cartridge selection
I prefer a 30 cal for more reasons than that.
-Barrel life. Bigger diameter at same speed 30 wins.
-Momentum- imo equally important to K.E.- more wt. wins.
-& Bullet selection. Now that we have some higher b.c. bullets we can finally compare apples to apples when looking at 7 vs 30 instead of the same old apples to oranges people have clung to for so long.
Now recoil is a personal matter. No one but the person shooting can say what's right or wrong for them. It seems the #' s reflect the 7 mm as the clear winner in the mild recoil department. There are those folks who love thier 7mm's & are quite effective with them. Hats off to em', & good luck to em'. I wish you all success.
But having watched videos posted on L/R/H of little kids nockin the snot out of deer waaaaay out there, with some monster sized cartriges, I'd venture to guess that recoil was very mild. Obviously weight of the firearm was a factor, but there are some very effective muzzle breaks on the market now a days, & also decelerator pads, & mercury reducers if all else fails.
Besides my 270 wsm, & -06, I shoot an un braked 300 Wby, & unbreaked 338 wm so maybe I'm just very tollerable of recoil. But most of the guys I shoot with are the same way, so I never figured I was odd man out in that dept.
Personally I'd opt for the 30 every time, but that's just my opinion.
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