I'd like to start a rant on the 264 win mag vs. 7mm rem mag. It seems like everyone has something to say about these two and I'd just like to hear what you all have to say. I'm posting this as a poll just because I want to see where we are at in the long run on this debate. Please feel free to post any evidence you feel relevant to this discussion.
I couldn't vote. I was working my way through the same question last year and finally just bought them both. 2 Remington 700 Sendero SFII's.
Now with that said I shot and broke in both rifles and worked up loads for both of them till they both shot great. Probably much better than I ever could. I did find I liked shooting the .264 WM a bit better as the recoil was a bit less. Neither gun has a Muzzle Break. Shooting the 7MM with 168grn Burgers was just a bit more abusive than the .264 142grn SMK's were. So that is what determined what I would use. Both are very pleasant guns to shoot but if your shooting 30-50 rounds every Sunday all summer long the recoil becomes accumulative and you get a bit sore but I overcome that with a slip on Simm's pad and it made shooting prone with either gun almost a pleasure.
Both guns will keep their bullets inside of MOA even at 1200 yds. Both guns will kill a deer out to my comfort range of 1000 yds. Both cost about the same to reload although the 7MM RM is easier to find brass for but you can neck down the same brass and use it in the .264 WM so that argument is null and void.
The only real reason for going with the 7MM RM over the .264WM is barrel life. Other than that its like arguing Chevy/Ford.
I did use the .264WM to hunt with this year and did well with it. But I figure that the barrel only has about another 100-200 rounds left in it before it gets replaced.
I would lean towards the 7mm mag. It has the better B.C's and depending on barrel length and configuration you can get the same speeds with douple or more barrel life. Not saying I don't like the 264 win mag but if I can only have 1 the 7mm wins for the reasons above PLUS not all states will let you hunt BIG game with a 6.5. I believe coastal brown bear in Alaska have a .30 cal minimum but everywere else the .284 is ok.