Re: 7mm mag vs. 300 win mag
I dont and haven't detected a significant difference between the 7mm STW and the 7mm REM, then again i only consider a significant difference being 200-250 fps with the same wt. & dia. bullet. Me personally, if I wanted MORE velocity & a little more performance than a 7mm REM i'd go with a 7x300 before considering a 7mm STW.
RE: 7mm VS 300wm, again, "its personal preference". Mine is the 7mm Rem hands down, although I am a fan of the 300wm also.
This is based on my belief & experiences that practice brings one closer to perfection.
The 7mm REM's recoil is much easier to tolerate when shooting 25-100 rounds a day. Another factor is the degree of accuracy between the 2 calibers. I'm NOT saying the 300wm caliber isn't accurate, they definately ARE accurate! I'm moreso saying that the smaller the caliber is (to a degree), the EASIER it is to shoot tighter groups and with more consistency.
Again, this is just MY 2 cents, my opinion which is based on experience.
Another thing, and I MIGHT be wrong about this but i'm almost POSITIVE that the 300wm burns barrels faster than the 7mm REM. I've witnessed and read on several occasions that accuracy starts to suffer with the 300wm after 1,000-1,200 rounds. There are a lot of technicalities that could be debated with this statement(depends upon: barrel-type, ammo used, cleaning methods and frequency of cleanings), but on a general consensus the 300wm wears out faster.
Bullet selection is wider for the 300wm, but ask yourself, "with the .284 bullet selection available, is there a bullet to fit each task you want to fulfill?" Deer, elk, antelope, caribou and groundhogs... 7mm REM Mag fits the bill nicely.
I don't mean to start a "flame" with the 300wm fans. It's a great caliber, long-range-wise, accuracy-wise, energy-wise. I'll always own 1.... or 2 [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img]