Long time Hunter, planning on buying a new rifle this weekend and need some advice on these 3 calibers. Also open to suggestions on other calibers.
Ill be using the gun only for hunting and will be hunting mainly mule deer, antelope, an occasional elk or two, and desert bighorn when I draw the tag.
Also, I don't reload so I'll be using factory loads.
I have been told by a few people to avoid the 7mmRUM unless you reload, because the caliber will likely be phased out due to its unpopularity.
With this new rifle, my main concern is getting something that is capable and best suited for possible shots between 300-500 yds. Hunting out west in the big, open country often presents shots of this nature. The areas I hunt year in and year out shots are often not closer than 200 yards.
I looked at some different guns last weekend, in particular the Remington 700 SPS Stainless and the Tikka Lite Stainless. I have been reading a lot and both brands seem to get good reviews. When I picked up the Tikka my initial thought was that it was kind of "cheap" feeling. I know it's probably not fair to judge a book by it's cover. I own a few Remingtons, and am kind of leaning that way at the moment.
This will be my first Synthetic in a larger "big game" caliber. I like the idea of having something a little lighter for those long days on foot.
Any thoughts, advice, or ideas would be greatly appreciated.
All the calibers you mentioned will work fine for what you want to do. If it was me I would just go with the 7mm rem mag. Its not on your list but everyone makes factory ammo for it. Especially since your not going to reload. As far as rifles I own a couple tikkas and they are great rifles. The stock does seem kinda cheap but its pretty stiff and they are both really accurate right out of the box. Remington is good also other than I have heard that their quality has went down here lately but everyone I know who has one loves it. Good Luck!
Your probably gonna get lots of comments on all three calibers, so heres mine;
.270 wsm is a great cartrige that will get you the distance you need and deliver the energy you want, BUT, I would honestly go with the 300wsm. For 3 main reasons,
1. you stated you dont hand load, so Quality ammo availibility is crucial
2. you have a WIDE range of bullet wt.'s to choose for what your hunting. A 300wsm is a great all round cal. and has more bullets to choose from than either of the other two
3. Its not a barrel burner.
Nothing against the RUM, theyre great cartriges. But handloading is the only way you can afford to shoot one.
Annyway JMO. Let us know what you decide
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There's no sense in getting the 7 RUM if you're not reloading for several reasons beside the one you mentioned. Ammo is scarce and expensive and a very limited selection. And you dont need a 7 RUM if you're not going to reload because you wont be able to shoot far enough with factory ammo to make it worth it. The only reason I have a 300 RUM is to bable to shoot to 1K plus. If I didn't want to be able to shoot that far, I would stick with a 300 WSM.
Either the 300 WSM or 270 WSM would be a good choice. For a go to rifle, my choice would be the 300, especially if elk will be hunted. For any WSM, I highly recommend a Sub MOA Vanguard. IMO, a much better rifle than the average Remmington.
Lots of good advice. I would look at the 7mm Rem Mag, 300 WM, or 300 WSM. I don't buy factory ammo but seems I've heard factory WSM stuff is kind of pricey too. All of these may be more than you need right now, but will be up to the task as your range increases.