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Old 01-05-2013, 11:09 AM
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6.5x284 vs 7mm rum vs 300 wm

In a custom long range hunting rife less than 10lbs with optics, with the ability to shoot well at 700-1000 yards.

What would be your choice and why.

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Old 01-05-2013, 11:32 AM
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Re: Opinions please

A 300 win that weighs 11.5 lbs with bipod and scope like I own and hunt with. This is a Sendero contour and the lightest rifle I would want for 1000 yard hunting.

Why the 300 over the others. The 7 rum has to short of barrel life for me. I hunt elk so prefer larger than a 6.5 for 1000 yards work.

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Old 01-05-2013, 02:25 PM
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For deer and antelope out to 1000, the 6.5x284. I like the 1000 yard effectiveness in a 10 pound rig, low recoil, superb ballistics and accuracy. For hunting purposes I get barrel life the same or better than magnums I have owned. For larger game like elk out past 600 yards I would opt for the 300WM.
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Old 01-05-2013, 03:15 PM
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Thanks for the replies, with that said, why wouldn't the 7 RUM be a better choice for all around deer,elk etc at long range? Is it just because of barrel life? And as far as that goes, what kind of barrel life would the 7 RUM have?

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Old 01-05-2013, 04:28 PM
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The barrel life would be the reason I would stay away from a 7RUM, with that much case capacity I don't feel the 7RUM really takes full advantage of it either, not as well as a 300RUM does. My opinion a 7mag and 300WM will do everything you can ask for at 1000, sure there's bigger cal's, but at the ranges your interested in why do that? Jeff has some pretty good documentation of what a 300WM is capable off too!
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Old 01-05-2013, 04:31 PM
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Thanks for the replies, with that said, why wouldn't the 7 RUM be a better choice for all around deer,elk etc at long range? Is it just because of barrel life? And as far as that goes, what kind of barrel life would the 7 RUM have?

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This is what my experience has taught me and why I am back to the 300 win after owning 300 Rums, 30-378's and such. To be good on first round cold bore hits, and one shot DRT kills at longer distances it requires practice and lots of it. That means shooting regularly all year long in different field conditions and changing winds. A 7mm RUM simply would not last me long enough to get where I want to be with the rifle and re-barreling means starting over with load development, drops, and all. That would be close to a barrel a year for me. I have seen these type rifles loose accuracy and start to suffer from a burnt throat in 500 to 700 rounds.

The 7mm has some exciting things happening in the future with the release of the 195 Berger. That bullet with a BC close to .8 may change some things. But for now the 300 win and a 215 or 230 Berger is simply what I prefer for Elk, especially if I need to go to 1000 yards.

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Old 01-05-2013, 05:21 PM
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Re: Opinions please

you have to realize most people want to shoot something they can walk into a store and purchase ammo for. this rules out the 6.5-284, most people dont reload.
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