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Unread 12-09-2010, 02:01 PM
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Just curious, what kinda brake did you have on the 300RUM? I dislike recoil so I kinda like brakes or light cals, one day I'll be able to move up to a suppressor, best of both worlds!
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Unread 12-09-2010, 05:55 PM
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It was a holland. It really felt like a 243, but the blast was horrible. If I shot it without double ear protection I got a little woozy. Maybe I'm a wimp though. It was like a howitzer going off in your face.
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Unread 12-13-2010, 08:19 AM
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I have a 7mmMag this was the best purchase I ever made. If I can see it I know I can kill it.
Its real rough on Deer but Caribou, Moose, Elk and Bear, this is the calibre.
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Unread 12-14-2010, 02:30 PM
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Anytime you go up in caliber you have a better killer on large big game. That is why they have caliber minimums in Africa. Larger calibers stop big game quicker. If you are just looking for an elk rifle then neck the 7mm rem mag to 338 and you have a 338 win mag. It is a noticably better elk rifle than a 7mm. Shoot a 185 Barnes ttsx in it and the recoil is not bad at all. The 225 accubond also does a very good job in the 338 win mag.

If you are concerned about recoil and want a 7mm I would do a 280 AI, 7mm Gibbs, 7mm JRS or something like that off a blown out '06 or 280 case. They will do anything a 7mm rem mag will do with less recoil and noise. The 7mm STW is a better round than the 7mm rem mag with much better performance but then more recoil you said you didn't like. I have quite a few 7mm's in standard and wildcat cartridges and shot elk beyond 1000 yards with them back in the 70's. But then I found the larger calibers are much more effective on large big game. Basically if you put a large caliber huge chunk of lead quality big game bullet anywhere in the torso of an elk you will probably get your elk. Even with a marginal shot that elk is going to be a sick sob and lay down close by for a finishing shot. With a 7mm or small caliber you had better hit him in the right spot or he can go for miles and be bear food. That is the difference I have seen in about 35 years of elk hunting and continuing to look for a better elk rifle.

If you are buying an elk rifle then get an elk rifle and not something marginal that can be used on elk. In over 40 years of hunting I have never been overgunned. But I have been in many situations where I wish I had more gun.
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Unread 12-14-2010, 11:55 PM
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Arthurj, I'm convinced you answered your own question in your first post. then the second two post's back it up too.
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Unread 12-15-2010, 12:06 AM
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I can't tell any difference between a 7mm magnum and a 338WM on elk. My experience has been that both will deliver about 25% bang-flops.
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Unread 12-16-2010, 12:41 AM
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.340 Wby and 250gr Nosler Partition. Elk poison. On the bench, shoot it in a Caldwell lead sled. On the hunt, when you take the shot, you won't feel the recoil at all.

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