Hi folks. Although I haven't posted here before, I have been watching for a while and learning from all the discussions.
The reason for my post is to gain some opinions on a project I have coming up. Although I have experience with mid-range hunting/shooting, I'm ready to move up to a custom rig for long range work. I have a M70 action in 300 WM that I will build off of. I'm looking for something I can hunt deer with out to 800yds and punch paper beyond that when the opportunity rolls around. Without getting into a great amount of rework to the action, I've narrowed my chambering choices to the 7mm Rem Mag and 300 WM. Rifle will be about 12 lbs. Obviously, the 300 will do it better at the longer ranges, but I'm not too interested in the added recoil when shooting off a bench. I already have a 300RUM that kicks the snot out of me off the bench (8.5 lb rifle), so I'm looking for this rig to be enjoyable to shoot for long sessions. Muzzle brake
is not an option, as I don't care for the added noise levels.
With all that said, do you believe the 7mm RM is adequate for the purposes I mention above? How do you rate it as a long range rig using the heavier bullets available for it? What do you think about going with a 300 WM and loading it for lite recoil? This is the last decision I have to make on my custom rig, so I just wanted some additional input to what I have already gotten from others.