7 mm remington mag on elk

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  1. ann brezinski

    ann brezinski Well-Known Member

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    I would like to know your thoughts on this at long range ?
    I saw a story that showed john burns had shot a bull at 1038 yards I think with 180 grain bergers.another show has a shot at 950 plus yards with the168 berger.what have any of you done with this cartridge and how do you like the results?
    this is not a bitching set survey on my part onhow it worked for you.
    gary b...
     
  2. WildRose

    WildRose Well-Known Member

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    I've got a good friend who's taken literally dozens of Elk with the 7mm Rem out to 900+ over the last three decades shooting Nosler Partitions.

    You can go bigger and badder but the 7mm Rem will certainly get the job done if you put it in the right spot. Of course he's one of the best natural shooters I've ever known and has decades of experience so shot placement isn't an issue for him.
     

  3. sp6x6

    sp6x6 Well-Known Member

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    Many are doing it but the bigger 338 does it better.I started as a high school kid with 7,it is loaned out to a friend of my sons.I was pushing it and moved to 340 more than 25 years ago, I've been in on 100's of elk kills the 338 and it newer offerings with 300 grain is a hammer.Just look at energy difference at 1000
     
  4. mrb1982

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    In the right conditions it will be just fine. I have one and wouldnhave no fear with it. The common shot placement arguement applies of course, but that applied to every caliber esentially. Check out Aaron Davidsons kid shooting a bull at 1200 with 168's if I recall correctly. I wouldn't be afraid of it
     
  5. luke

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    My 9 year old son just shot his first ever big game animal. It was a yearling elk at 550 yards with my 7rem mag. The elk was quartering to us and without any thought I told him to send it when he was comfortable. Little did I know that he forgot all we had gone over with pictures and he put the x hairs behind the shoulder. That was my mistake but he tucked it close enough to the shoulder he got one lung and destroyed the liver. It walked about 40-50 yards before it expired. The bullet was a 162gr hornady A-Max. The only thing I would have changed was the placement but again I take responsability for that.
     
  6. AZShooter

    AZShooter Well-Known Member

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    Curious Luke where did you want your son to hit that elk?
     
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    I haven't checked in a couple years but then The Best of the West was chambering more rifles in 7RM that any other cartridge. I think recoil becomes an issue with the larger bores.
     
  8. Idaho Sawyer

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    Between myself and the 2 guys I hunt with, we have taken 6 bulls just the last couple years with 7 mags and 168's. The distance has been between 550 and 1030 yds. The bullet cartridge combo performed excellent on bulls out to 960. The bull at 1030 received multiple well placed shots without hardly any expansion from the bergers. I think it is a great elk round BUT I have since switched to an EDGE and nothing kills elk like 300 grainers!
     
  9. mrb1982

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    This to me becomes the key to the statement, even with a muzzle break. I am not experienced enough yet to be able to shoot one of those big 338's well in my opinion yet. Maybe someday. I actually just put a brake on my 7 RM the other day. Didn't need it, but if I can make it that much easier of a gun to shoot, why not, right? hahaha
     
  10. luke

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    The angle the elk was standing I would rather he put the bullet in front of the shoulder putting it through more of the vitals. But I am happy with the results of the placement he made. She was quartered to us. But since this was his first animal I understand him wanting to put it behind the shoulder. Almost all the elk I have shot when he has been with me have been behind the shoulder.
     
  11. Lrt307

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    How dead is dead is the better question. I have a buddy who is a gunsmith and killed a 337 bull @ 1115 with a 6x284 berger 105. He shot it once and it was blowing lungs out its nose so he put another one in it and that was the end of it. Shot placement is much more important than what size of cannon you fire in my opinion.gun)
     
  12. WildRose

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    That took one hell of a shot twice!

    I'm impressed. I wouldn't have tried it myself, but I'm impressed.
     
  13. Lrt307

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    Well I did forget to let everyone know the whole story..... The bull was grazing when first shot was fired. Spotter watched vapor trail & bullet impact just over the top of the elks back. Then the bull looked up and went back to grazing. He made the elevation correction and put the next one where it needed to go. Then followed it up with a 3rd. Elk died in its tracks.
     
  14. mrb1982

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    Wow, that is really cool! Even if he missed the first shot, it didn't take 3 shots because he hit it and it didn't die, it just took a little adjustment. That is really cool though.

    Bottom line, shot placement is key. Making a poor shot and blowing the leg off an animal with a 338, 7mm, or 6.5 if all the same. It's a poor shot either way. But man those 338 drop the hammer when you hit them. hahaha Probably won't ever own one myself though hahaha