Re: long range elk pistol question
I agree with what the others are saying.
My 7 SAUM has a 17 inch barrel with Defensive Edge brake and I drive 140's to just over 3K fps, which is about what you will do with a 7 WSM.
For the larger game such as Elk, I would stick with the heavier bullets like has been suggested.
My gun weighs in around 10 pounds +/- without bipod.
My .338 WSM is more portable with a 15 inch barrel (about the same weight) and will push 200 grain AB's to 2725 fps and 180's to 2850 fps. I would feel safe shooting an Elk out to 275 yards or so, maybe 300 max (due to bullet performance).
Lately for long range (400 - 800 yards or beyond) I am going with longer barrels of at least 20 inches. It's the only way I know to keep my velocity up and wind deflection down.
I'm currently having my xp 100 in 7 Dakota rebarreled with a 25 inch tube to send 180 Bergers at 2950 or more.
I might be able to do it with a 23 inch barrel but will start at 25 (can cut but can't stretch it).
I think any scope of your liking that will max out at 15-20X will be more than adequate.
Last edited by dougm; 07-14-2009 at 02:44 PM.