The biggest caliber I currently own is a 6MM Remington and I am thinking of buying a 7 RUM. Looking for opinions on this caliber. Specifically the Remington LSS in left hand. I would be shooting it with the factory tube for the first while, then the plan would be to replace with a 28" match grade barrel and have the action trued. Living in Alberta I can hunt everything from Antelope to Moose and I think the .284 would get it done on all species here. What is the recoil like on the 7mm RUM as compared to a 7mm Rem mag? I would probably have a brake installed once I re-barrel. Or should I step up to the 300 RUM or the 338 RUM. Are any of the RUM's inherently more accurate than the others? I would assume that the 7mm would hold a slight accuracy advantage?
On a side-note the guns that I currently own (6MM Rem &6BR) are both tight neck/chamber. Always seeking as much accuracy as I can achieve do you neck turn/tight neck on these big calibers?
Ok. I have a 7 rum mod 700 LSS and mod 700 BDL 300 rum. My handload for 7 rum is 150 partition at 3450 fps. My handload for the 300 is the 200 accubond at 3150 fps. These are the loads that I hunt with. Right now I have been looking for something different (re: more) out of the 7 with little success thus far (its still early in the process however). The 300 shoots 180s quite well at about 3350 fps also. The 7 recoils less in my opinion. Neither of my guns are muzzle braked. The 300 is more popular and hits quite hard. The 7 is a little bit of a stepchild with a few rumors of it being unpredictable and hard to load for. Maybe its a little persnickity at times. It has a little more appeal in that everyone don't own one and since your going to be rebarreling, with proper twist, throating etc. you can really realize this cartridge's true potential. either one will kill animals just fine. 28 in bbl will buy you more performance as well. Good luck with your choice. LOts of knowledgable people on here that may weigh in with opinions for you!
Have a7rum rem sendero(all factory. I'm loaded with 94.5 gr RL-25 with the 150 swift scirocco.If I remember right it's around 3300fps+-. Very accurate and awsome on game. Tried the reg BT first, NO GOOD. Have a rem bdl 300rum that I will start out shooting fac 180 scirocco's in, until I have a chance to play.
From a ballistic standing the 7rum outperforms a 300rum with 150gr or less bullets and the 300rum does better with the higher gr bullets. Love both cal., but if I had to choose just one it would be the 300rum. Look up the bal. on the 180 scirocco. Will be hard to beat them numbers. Still around 2150 ft lbs energy at 500 yrds, this with factory loads also. should get more with handloads
good luck DM
I have a 700 LSS left hand 7RUM (not for sale!). The recoil is noticeably sharper than the 7 Rem Mag. I also have a 338RUM for elk that is ported. It shoots .5 moa. I would say that any of the RUM's would work for you. I would definitely brake anything higher than the 7RUM in a sporter weight gun. I just picked up a Limbsaver pad for the 7RUM. Hopefully that will take the sting out of it. I never shot the 338RUM before having it ported, and didn't want to. Just my 2 cents.
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If you've been shooting tight necked rifles you probably enjoy shooting. I do, my step son bought a 300 RUM and it out performs anything I've ever seen. Flatest shooting, hardest hitting gun ever. I wouldn't own one.. It kicks so hard my teeth are loose. Shooting from a bench and working up loads was pure hell. 101 grains of Retumbo with 180 grains Barnes TSX was awesome. We easily shot 4 inch groups at 400 yards. But you had to wipe the tears afterward. It's simply NO FUN TO SHOOT. Your call, but they were killing everything on the planet before that monster was invented... It's off getting a muzzle break now, but you will have to hunt with hearing protection.