Originally Posted by jfseaman
That's a pretty expensive build, even in Auzzie dollars with US sourced parts.
A 6.5 or 7 in a WSM will get you all the roo you can find, anything on NZ you can find. Less meat damage and just as dead.
Unless you are going to Africa or part of your desire is a big big bang, then go 338.
338NM is not that popular in the US, much more Lapua or RUM based.
That's actually in New Zealand dollars which normally you can take a few hundred off though at the moment the Aussie dollar is really down so it's not far off. I would happily skip on the fluting to save myself $380 straight up.
Haha Australia isn't as glamorous as the movies make it sound. Every single native species in Australia is protected. Roo's are high on that list and can only be shot under permit if they're damaging crops. Fortunately I'm a farm boy so I have no shortage of access to them but we generally just use the .223 for them.
In Aus our main two game animals on the east coast are Red deer and the larger Sambar deer. They can both take the punishment, especially sambar so having that extra punch is good.
My mate suggested the Norma Mag over the Lapua pretty much based on the fact that brass is half the price I think.
MMERSS - Thanks mate, I'll look a little more into it. We also have buffalo and banteng which I'd love to hunt one day and they're tough. Having said that I know the 7mmRM will still kill cleanly so I am considering it.
Appreciating the help fellas