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Old 11-09-2013, 01:41 PM
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Re: Have 30-06 should i get a 7mm rem mag as well

Thanks. I didnt really want to go to the trouble of replacing my gun, so thanks for all the input. My rifle is a Tikka T3 with a Vortex Diamondback 3-9x40. Considering the similarities if i want to upgrade i might later got to the .300 family instead, maybe a .300 ultra.
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Old 11-09-2013, 03:21 PM
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Re: Have 30-06 should i get a 7mm rem mag as well

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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
Mark, I'll make the arguement that EVERY true gun guy needs to have atleast one 7mm caliber and one .30 caliber rifle in the safe, just because...

I am one of the biggest 7mm nuts on this site, but the .30-06 will have alot longer barrel life, provided you don't abuse it.
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Old 11-09-2013, 06:44 PM
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Re: Have 30-06 should i get a 7mm rem mag as well

the 30-06 is an awesome round. what are you shooting at??
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Old 11-09-2013, 08:13 PM
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Re: Have 30-06 should i get a 7mm rem mag as well

Two most important questions are:
What do you plan on hunting?
What range do you plan on shooting that game from?

I don't personally own a 30-06 I do however own a 7rem mag. Both great rounds and are very versatile, lots of choices in bullet weights depending on the kind of critter you plan on chasing. If you've got a 30-06 try different loads from different manufactures and learn that gun first. The 06 has been around forever and is still very popular because its an infinitely useful round. Are there a few calibers that are better at one particular aspect of shooting than it yes. It's probably a little over kill for coyotes and varmint hunting and maybe a little less gun than some would feel comfortable chasing say moose or brown bears. However with the right bullet the ole 06 will take just about any game on the planet. If you want another rifle 7mag is a hell of a round but, the ballistic advantages of it aren't so far over the top to justify buying one if I was in your shoes. They're both similar in their energy levels and both capable of killing game at great range. Don't let anyone tell you that your 06 isn't enough gun, it's not flashy or super fast by today's standards or anything like that but, it's a proven performer on game of all sizes all over the world. Remember shot placement is what really matters if you but a bullet of proper build in the right place whatever your shooting will die, that much I can promise you.
Hey, if you're looking for excuses to buy another rifle go for it variety is the spice of life. And that's what makes shooting and hunting so great you can get the job done just fine with what you already own, or you can add a few more tools to your tool box to help. You wouldn't tear an engine apart with only one wrench. If it's your boss lady that's giving you a hard time just explain it's like owning more than one pair of shoes. I wouldn't go walking through a muddy field wearing gym shoes nor would I go running in a pair of rubber boots.
Hope this helps, good luck and happy hunting.
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Old 11-09-2013, 08:34 PM
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Re: Have 30-06 should i get a 7mm rem mag as well

Two most important questions are:
What do you plan on hunting?
What range do you plan on shooting that game from?

I don't personally own a 30-06 I do however own a 7rem mag. Both great rounds and are very versatile, lots of choices in bullet weights depending on the kind of critter you plan on chasing. If you've got a 30-06 try different loads from different manufactures and learn that gun first. The 06 has been around forever and is still very popular because its an infinitely useful round. Are there a few calibers that are better at one particular aspect of shooting than it yes. It's probably a little over kill for coyotes and varmint hunting and maybe a little less gun than some would feel comfortable chasing say moose or brown bears. However with the right bullet the ole 06 will take just about any game on the planet. If you want another rifle 7mag is a hell of a round but, the ballistic advantages of it aren't so far over the top to justify buying one if I was in your shoes. They're both similar in their energy levels and both capable of killing game at great range. Don't let anyone tell you that your 06 isn't enough gun, it's not flashy or super fast by today's standards or anything like that but, it's a proven performer on game of all sizes all over the world. Remember shot placement is what really matters if you but a bullet of proper build in the right place whatever your shooting will die, that much I can promise you.
Hey, if you're looking for excuses to buy another rifle go for it variety is the spice of life. And that's what makes shooting and hunting so great you can get the job done just fine with what you already own, or you can add a few more tools to your tool box to help. You wouldn't tear an engine apart with only one wrench. If it's your boss lady that's giving you a hard time just explain it's like owning more than one pair of shoes. I wouldn't go walking through a muddy field wearing gym shoes nor would I go running in a pair of rubber boots.
Hope this helps, good luck and happy hunting.
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Re: Have 30-06 should i get a 7mm rem mag as well

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Mark, I'll make the arguement that EVERY true gun guy needs to have atleast one 7mm caliber and one .30 caliber rifle in the safe, just because...

I am one of the biggest 7mm nuts on this site, but the .30-06 will have alot longer barrel life, provided you don't abuse it.
Mud, Back in the day I was the biggest 7 mag fan that walked the Earth. I was all about high velocity, flat shooting and high KE. I had some 30.06 buddies and we had some heated debates about which was top of the heap. I still like to get those high velocities but now that I've grown up I see the virtues of the ole .06 They are both great cartridges and there are areas where one will edge out the other.

If they were the only two cartridges available and I had to pick just one, I would pick the 7 because it has greater range.
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Re: Have 30-06 should i get a 7mm rem mag as well

A few years back in SHOOTING TIMES they did an articlal about the most bopular calibres
called the Thee Kings..One was the .270 the .7MM MAG and the .3006.
They never criticize any calibre that was used for a hunting, but many reputable writers
(through time) had many opinions that were contributed to this artical and all concluded
these were the three kings.
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