trying to decide between the two. 95% of my hunting is on deer, but may hunt elk next year. I favor the 6.5, but worry that it may not be enough on bigger game. give it to me straight. I am looking at the same type of rifle Ian just finished.
thanks in God
What you should do is try to talk George out of the 7mm WSM NonTypical that he built for himself - that rifle shot three shots inside 0.1" when he broke it in!!!
If most of your shooting is deer sized critters go with the 6.5, .270 or 7mm WSM. If and when you hunt elk take a .325 or .338, they need bigger bullets and harder hitting. Nothing wrong with owning lots of rifles, right!
I shoot and love the 6.5 WSM, in fact my wife won the Iowa 1000 yd State Championship with one I built, would be a super flat, hellacious deer rifle and would work for elk also, so my pick would be it over the 325 WSM, far better bullet selection for one.....
However, for an all around hunting rifle in the WSM cases that you could run to WalMart for ammo if you had to....the 7 WSM is the way to go.
Would'nt that be "Tnousands of ELK", dont forget they only become MOOSE after the have swam across the Atlantic [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img] [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
"I meant to shoot the pike but the duck got in the way"
Centrepunch, you got it a little wrong my good sir.
It's ELG, but it's still all moose, the alces alces species. Elk are cervus elaphus.
It is best of the RED DEER cervus scotius that swim across. When they find their way off your fogged-in peat covered rock they swim across to us. This excercise builds a lot of muscle and they are christened cervus atlanticus (30% bigger)when they wash ashore. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img] [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]
(hopefully the smileys will let you know I'm not flaming. Spelling it out just to be sure, americans are a bit funny about norwegian humour sometimes [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smirk.gif[/img])
did ya see the results I was getting with a 7WSM that Chris Matthews built me...
no need to fire form and supper flat shooter with the 162 amax.. tested to 1115 yards yeaterday... 27MOA... at 2950 fps.... yikes....!!!!
sorta almost has me asking why I have been shooting 30 cals for so long.. almost...