Originally Posted by Timber338
I think you should still consider the 7mm-08. Although it's nice to have components and ammo in stock in the stores, because you reload I don't think that's even a factor. Another great cartridge would be something like the 6.5-284 Norma.
I agree. Also stock 284 or 280, or 280ai would be on my list.
I have the 7-08 and 270 win and there's really not that much less recoil in the 7-08, but it is less. If I shoot 160s in my 7-08 it feels about like the 130s in my 270.
That said, my primary load in the 7-08 is a 139btsp clocking 2820, and I can shoot it, and have shot it a lot in a day and not really feel myself getting "recoil tired". The 270 is loaded with a stout load behind a 140 grain pill and it probably would wear on me sooner if I shot it as much.
For what you're seeking I'd say the 7-08 would fit the bill very well, and as to killing at 500 yards, the above mentioned load took a nice mule deer last fall at 430. It was DRT...to my surprise. I told myself I wasn't going to shoot at one over 450, and preferred under 400. Rangefinder said 430 and the wind/conditions were ideal so I took it. It certainly increased my confidence in the killing power of the lowly 7-08.