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View Poll Results: 264 win mag or 7mm mag
264 win mag 102 38.93%
7mm rem mag 160 61.07%
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264 win mag vs. 7mm rem mag

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Old 02-04-2012, 07:25 PM
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Re: 264 win mag vs. 7mm rem mag

If I could only own one rifle and it had to be the 264 or the 7mm I would go with the 7mm, I would feel better using it on elk, bear, moose, etc...
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Old 02-20-2012, 07:22 AM
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Re: 264 win mag vs. 7mm rem mag

To own one rifle for everything it would be the 7mm mag. Since that would not be the case with me, I would go with the 6.5x284 for up to deer sized game over either. At 1000 yards, no deer could tell the difference between them and the 6.5x284, at least in my experience, has better quality brass availability, less recoil, and is very easy to develope highly accurate loads with the 140 VLD's in the 3000FPS range. For the bigger stuff, I'd use 30 or larger.

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Old 03-21-2012, 02:06 PM
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Re: 264 win mag vs. 7mm rem mag

Originally Posted by guns_and_labs View Post
.264 WinMag. Less recoil, higher velocity, same or batter ballistics, what's not to like?
The 264 Win Mag has less range, less downrange energy, shorter barrel life. Lower maximum BC bullets available. Smaller hole. What's to like?

The obvious choice is to own both. It's not which is better. It's which is more suitable for a specific range, target, and conditions. They both have a SAAMI case length of 2.5" and COAL of under 3.35". Both need a 3.6"magazine and handloads to achieve their maximum performance.

You might as well ask whether a 22LR is better than a 50 BMG. They have different uses.
With the 264 WM and 7mmRM there is a lot more overlap where either would do the job.
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Old 08-22-2012, 06:13 PM
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Re: 264 win mag vs. 7mm rem mag

I just bought a Sendero in 264. I live in the East and deer is what I hunt. The 264 is a good deer size magnum.If I had the opportunity to hunt larger game like elk I would have opted for a 7mm or larger.As far as power needed goes, I get all I need from my 243 Win, but that don't mean I can't get a new rifle to have fun with.
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Old 08-23-2012, 12:18 PM
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Re: 264 win mag vs. 7mm rem mag

In years gone by...and for other game as well as deer... I would've said 7mm...especially with off the rack ammo.Today,with better powders appropriate to the bore size,(not mention better light weight bullets),I'd go .264.I don't mind a 26" Bbl.,so ssssllllooooowwww powders avail. these days allow the use of the 85gr.-165gr. bullet range that will do for about any and all but the BIG bears up close.I don't dislike the 7mm,I've owned 2,I just like the uncommon trail .264 v 7mm....222 Rem. Mag v .223....300 Savage v .308...8mmx62 v '06 and so on.To ME ,the .264 is a BIG deer and down cartridge for long range..........just because I like it as such.
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Old 04-12-2013, 07:41 AM
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Re: 264 win mag vs. 7mm rem mag

I have both and love both. Realisticaly theres little differnce. What one will do so will the other. Its about like comparing a 270 to a 280.
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Old 04-14-2013, 07:43 PM
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Re: 264 win mag vs. 7mm rem mag

Originally Posted by Long Time Long Ranger View Post
Well, I just put this post in here to get it fired up and start a good argument but no takers I guess. I think most of you know I have over twenty top 7mm rifles in standard and all kind of wildcats and love to shoot them. I am like Bill, I think you just need both. I have a few 6.5's also. The truth is they are the same case necked to a little different caliber and very similar ballistics. One is a little better than the other depending on what bullet you use and the purpose so they flip flop according to those factors. My wife definitely likes the 264 winchester better because of the light recoil. They are both small caliber with no high bc hunting bullets with sufficient weight to make them good choices for large big game at long range such as elk when there are much better choices that should be used for that purpose. Heavy bullets in the 7mm can not be driven fast enough to change that much. They both fill about the exact same niche for taking deer, antelope and caribou size animals.
So what your saying is that instead you should go big or go home how about be competent with what you have and leave numbers on paper where they belong
Keep in mind the animals we shoot for food and display are not bullet proof. Contrary to popular belief, they bleed and die just like they did a hundred years ago. Being competent with a given rifle is far more important than impressive ballistics and poor shootability. High velocity misses never put a steak in the freezer.

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