Originally Posted by Greywolf18
I was originally leaning towards a 7mm Mag shooting a 180 bullet. However, I remember talking to someone who's gone several times saying that guides love it when guys bring out the 338 cannons because they won't run and just kills them in their tracks. However, I know lots of people swear by the 7mm so I'm just trying to get as many opinions befor I do this. I did see the poll on the website, and thats what got me thinking a 7wsm. I was thinking of a 300 RUM, but my dad has a 300 SAUM which he says in a couple of years will be mine so I don't want to do a 300 RUM, or 300 WSM. Does anyone know if their is that much of a difference between the 7mm rem mag and a 7mm wsm? I understand the ballistic tables are close, but I'm looking for real world/shooting opinions. Also, I read one article saying the 7wsm will only last about 1000 rds in the barrel, anyone know if this is true?
Just about the only 7mm that I'd feel very comfortalbe shooting elk at 600-800 yds would be the 7mm Allen Magnum spitting the 200g Wildcat Al RBBT at 3300fps+.
My brother shot a cow at 428 this year with 300WSM. Two good hits in the kill zone with 3050fps 180g Accubonds. Neither exited. Dead elk, but just an indication that you are starting to run out of ooommphh a bit and shot placement become more and more important. Not that it ever isn't important, there's just less room for error.
Given the choice: big animal...big gun. The SAUM is no UM. Your best bet for off the shelf, cheap, knock-em-dead elk killer is probably the 338 UM. It packs a heckuva wallop with a 225 or better yet, the 250 Accubond. The 338 Edge would be better, then you're into the 338 Lapua Imps and then the 338 cal 408 Chey-Tac based cases. I'm in the process of gathering components to have Kirby build me a 338AX (Lapua Imp) for a long range elk killer. Hard to beat elk stopping power for a packable mountain rifle.
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