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Old 11-08-2013, 03:24 PM
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Have 30-06 should i get a 7mm rem mag as well

I just got interested in hunting and i bought a tikka t3 in 30-06.
I kind of regret getting that caliber, but its all the store had in left hand. So i have wondered if it would be the trouble to change it out for a differant cartridge. I was originally looking at the 7mm mag but being i would have to special order i just got the 30-06. Do you think it worth it. Thanks
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Old 11-08-2013, 04:07 PM
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Re: Have 30-06 should i get a 7mm rem mag as well

I would keep the 30-06. Below are chart clips from a download program provided by Federal. It allows you to easily compare their different cartridges for different calibers. I think it is great for making comparisons like the one you are contemplating now.

Sure the 7mm shoots a little flatter and has a little less wind drift and more energy, but none of that would be enough to really matter when hunting inside 400 yards. (Just look at the numbers below.)With same weight bullets of comparable BC the 7mm has about 150 feet per second on the 30-06, but that comes at a cost. Added recoil and more expensive ammo. Plus the 30-06 would be a little easier to load as it is not a belted case.

The 30-06 is a very fine cartridge for hunting. Usually a step up in cartridges like this gains you about another 100 yards of useable shooting distance.

Velocity:
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Energy:
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Drift:
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Trajectory:
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Old 11-08-2013, 05:27 PM
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Re: Have 30-06 should i get a 7mm rem mag as well

I own two 7 mags and I like them, but I would probably not own one if I had not gotten my first one in a trade years ago. I would have bought the '06 and stayed there.

The 7 mag is a great cartridge, but for the average hunter, it shows no real advantage out to reasonable ranges. Learn to shoot the rifle at all ranges with the load that it and you like.

The 7 mag is not an efficient cartridge. It expends lots of powder for the performance that you get. The '06 is better in that regard. Belted magnums are OK for super long ranges, but offer very little advantage in the hunting field for the average guy.
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Old 11-08-2013, 10:12 PM
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Re: Have 30-06 should i get a 7mm rem mag as well

Why not own one of each? Keep in mind that they both fill a similar hunting niche. Best for large game hunting, and excess punishment on the shoulder for small game. If I could only have 2 rifles, one would be either an 06 or a 7 mag, and the other would be a lighter caliber 22-250, 223, 243 for small game. But who can just own 2 rifles? Gotta have one of every caliber to play with
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Old 11-08-2013, 11:43 PM
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Re: Have 30-06 should i get a 7mm rem mag as well

The 30-06 is the std that all are judged against. The 7mm mag does all a little better with the same recoil. Too bag for that I fortunate belt, but the belt is not really that big of deal.

The 7mm is hard to beat in my opinion, but the 06 will most likely fill all hunting needs.
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Old 11-09-2013, 12:52 PM
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Re: Have 30-06 should i get a 7mm rem mag as well

The 7 RM will have about 100-200 yds more effective range but the 30.06 will be a slightly more effective killer inside 600 yds. The reason I say that is the .06 can deliver a .308 cal 200 plus grain bullet vs a .284 cal 180 gr bullet. Sure the 7 will have more energy but energy is not a good indicator of game killing potential. Inside 600 yds both cartridges effective range most animals will not know the difference. If I was going elk hunting tomorrow at ranges to to 600 yds or less I would pick the 06 with a good load of RL17 pushing a 215 Berger. For deer size game flip a coin. For longer ranges I would pick the 7.

If you want to shoot flatter and farther pick the 7. If you want good solid performance out to 700 yds give or take with much longer barrel life pick the 06
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Old 11-09-2013, 01:17 PM
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Re: Have 30-06 should i get a 7mm rem mag as well

I could not have said it better.
I love my .3006 Springfields but as for my 7MAG, I love this calibre but when I look back, the .3006 can do it as good, and not cost as much. INMO the .3006 can be used for any hunting
in AMERICA but I would not use it on brown bears.
I would go to my .3006 before any rifle I have.

keep this rifle and do not sell it. you will regret it if you ever do.
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