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Old 08-28-2008, 03:10 AM
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Re: Short action caliber of choice.....

If you want to get the most out of a short action, I would pick the 300 WSM over the 7mm WSM. The 300 has more power and out of a 26" barrel you should be able to push a 180 gr bullet at 3100 fps plus. A 180 gr E-Tip has a BC of .523 and with an MV of 3100 will get you to about 800 yds with a velocity of 1800 fps. Beyond that your bullet is not likely to open but with smaller whitetails it might be effective on them anyway.

Something to consider.
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Re: Short action caliber of choice.....

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I'm leaning awful hard to the 7WSM. I just wanted to pick everyone's brain as to the merits of the "lesser" cartridges.

A new bolt is fine, I'm trying to avoid having to buy another S&B by utilizing a switch barrel setup. 308 practice in the same rifle will be cheap as well.

Or, you could go with a switch scope setup. Some of the quick detach rings/bases are pretty good. Either way, you'll end up verifying your zero.

Just a thought.

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Re: Short action caliber of choice.....

If the expense of the extra bolt is no hassle go with the WSM. If you are using a detachable mag system like the HS you could maybe have mags for each different round. Just swith the barrel bolt and mags and be ready to go.
I like AJ's suggestion of scope swithing also. It is a lot quicker to switch scopes than barrels. I used a single scope for several barrels on an encore and was able to write down the adjustments for each barrel. I could switch them and be zeroed pretty darn close without ever firing a shot.
Plus in my mind an extra rifle is a better investment than an extra barrel and bolt for your current rifle.
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Re: Short action caliber of choice.....

Thanks guys, 7WSM it is.

180 Berger or 162 AMAX? The Berger will carry more energy downrange, but will the AMAX have better delivery of energy at lower velocities?
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Re: Short action caliber of choice.....

Fletcher

The 7mm bullets have a higher BC in the weights your wanting to
use .

So for your purpose I would go with the 7 WSM the 270WSM would work
but bullet selection is poor .

Also I would recomend the 160 accubond for hunting and at these distances
they will still perform, also at moderate ranges they work very well.

The 7mm WSM has a slight edge over the 7 rem mag with 140 and 160gr
bullets.

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Re: Short action caliber of choice.....

I can't believe no one has mentioned the 6.5-284. Same bolt face as the 308 and some bullets with serious BC (around .6) from Berger in 130-140 gr, the 142 gr SMK and also some really high BC bullets from JLK. Should have plenty of punch at 1K for deer sized game from what I gather from guys who post here.
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