338rum or 7rum for longrange

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  1. darrindlh

    darrindlh Well-Known Member

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    Need help. Which of the two calibers for my next rifle. A 338rum or 7rum for long range hunting. I am going to reload but would like to stay with a caliber that If needed to I could find factory ammo. Max distance would be 1k. Deer to Elk.
    Thanks,
    Darrin
     
  2. geargrinder

    geargrinder Well-Known Member

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    7mmRUM is a little easier to find a box of ammo on the shelf.

    There's also a great selection of fantastic LR 7mm bullets.
     

  3. royinidaho

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    Both are great!

    I have a 338 RUM. I love it.

    I'd go with the 7mm RUM. Great LRH bullet selection and its a much flatter shooter.
     
  4. Booney

    Booney Well-Known Member

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    Out of the 2 I would go with the 338, But why no 300rum in the mix that is a very good round.
     
  5. Elmer Fudd

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    338 is gonna have some hotter sauce on it when it makes impact at 1k AND has less wind drift than the 7MM.
    gun)
     
  6. jeffro

    jeffro Well-Known Member

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    338 barrel is going to last a lot longer.
     
  7. geargrinder

    geargrinder Well-Known Member

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    I do agree with what the others have said, and I also love my 338RUM. But when you're looking for loaded ammo it will be very tough to find 338RUM.

    When you do, it will be about $70 a box and have bullets that are not long range friendly.

    That's the only reason I recommended the 7mm.
     
  8. darrindlh

    darrindlh Well-Known Member

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    I defiantly see what your saying... I will be reloading my ammo, but i wanted to be able to buy factory if I had no other choice and it was the last result. That is why I did not choose to go with the 338 edge. i love the cartridge but what I have been reading the 338 rum is very close to the edge.
    The 7rum i love as well because I feel I could throw the wildcat 200 gr bullets at enough velocity to take advantage. Don't know though. Thank you all for you replys

    Darrin
     
  9. bigngreen

    bigngreen Well-Known Member

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    The 200gr Wildcat is the only thing that would get me to ever own a 7mm anything, the ballistics are of the scale but what ever you chose I would first chose not to run out of reloads at all cost, factory is not an option!!!:D
     
  10. 300R

    300R Well-Known Member

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    100% with bigngreen,i don't think factory ammo is an option with a LR rifle.
     
  11. darrindlh

    darrindlh Well-Known Member

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    I agree completely. I'm hoping to throw the 200gr wildcats at 2850. It should be doable. I'm hoping to reload and have 1000 rounds kept at all times. But with shooting everyday I'm just going to replace what I shoot.
    Darrin
     
  12. ovastafford

    ovastafford Well-Known Member

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    Damn thats a lot of reloading....:D
     
  13. kiwi3006

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    A 7 RUM should be able to shoot a 175/180 gr proj at 3150 - 3200 from a 26" barrel. I would have thought the 200 Wildcat would be closer to 3000 fps.

    Stu.
     
  14. darrindlh

    darrindlh Well-Known Member

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    Kiwi I was trying to stay on the low end of velocity. If I am able to reach 3000 with a 28 inch barrel then this rifle will be one long range hammer.

    But still when you run the numbers on a 245 gr 338 bullet of 250 gr bullet. Doesn't that hit alot harder down range and cause a much larger hole?

    Darrin