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Old 12-19-2010, 03:30 PM
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Re: Caliber Choice

One thing I learned in a short amount of time is that the plain old 7 Rem Mag happens to be an easy to load, very accurate, killing machine. So what if it's not "interesting" or "a huge megamagnum." Supplies are EASY to come by and it will serve you WELL for years and when you start getting some LRH under your belt, then you can decide what you want to do from there.

This is not meant to be an add for the Gunwerks rifle on my part but more just the capability of the 7mag at 725 yards on a muley and 743 yards on an elk:

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Old 12-19-2010, 07:17 PM
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Re: Caliber Choice

If you are just into whitetails a cannon is not necessary but they are nice. When they run into thick cover it is easy to loose them in the southeast. A 338 hole throws out a lot of blood making them much easier to find. Small caliber holes can get covered up by the hide causing no blood trail. I do not hunt whitetails in the southest now with anything less than 338 caliber.

If a big long range gun is your eventual goal just get a 338 RUM. It is the exact same performance as the 338-300 RUM you called edge and the 338 Lapua. All three shoot the 300 smk somewhere between 2750-2850 fps out of a 30" barrel. A fast one in either could hit 2900 fps and a slow one in either may get best accuracy at 2700 fps. The only difference is the 338 RUM is cheap and over the counter. But for whitetails out to 700 yards a 300 RUM would be hard to beat.

But considering you are looking at shooting targets also quite a bit I would get a standard cartridge that is easy and cheap to reload or at the most a wsm.
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Old 12-19-2010, 07:34 PM
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Re: Caliber Choice

So in a 7mm are you saying I should go WSM? I know from other posts your an STW fan, which is something I would be considering in a 7. .338 RUM is also something I've strongly been considering, only because I already have various .30 cals, but I'm trying to decide if it's overkill for my intents. Like I wrote earlier, my initial want is a .300 RUM, but am trying to stay open minded and consider 6.5's to .338's.
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I'm not. But I did write that it is a great choice. My 1st choice is 7 Rem Mag. 2nd choice would be WSM. 3rd choice would be 7-300 Win Mag.
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The 300 RUM is as good as you can do and not look back. Probably the best bean field rifle I did for guys in the southeast was the 264 STW shooting .612 bc bullets 3400 fps. It can be easily shot without a brake and the ballistics are at the top of any cartridge I know of for whitetails. I still have two of those that shoot like a dream. The 7mm STW shoots the same BC bullet at 3300 fps and would be my next choice. The problem with it would be recoil with the 168 grain bullet at 3300 fps.
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Re: Caliber Choice

why not build a 6.5-06? It'll do it all
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