help on cartridge choice, 7wsm?

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by alexkeyser, Mar 6, 2007.

  1. alexkeyser

    alexkeyser Well-Known Member

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    I am having my first completely custom rifle being built. It was going to be a 7wsm, but a guy I know is having a 6.5x300wsm built and swears it will out perform the 7wsm. I am looking at a 26 inch barrel and want to shoot berger vld's. any info. is appreciated. by the way, I recently joined the forum, this will be my first post. you guys are great. I've already learned so much. I also wish I knew about APS before I chose a gunsmith. Kirby seems like an awsome smith. /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif
     
  2. Ballistic64

    Ballistic64 Well-Known Member

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    I cant say for sure,but I would think in long range hunting situations, especially with the 180VLD, the 7mm would be superior,along with barrel life as compared to the 6.5
     

  3. Double AA

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    I have a Winchester 7wsm Featherweight. It's the first rifle I've owned that actually shots faster than the reloading manual's data. Stock gun, 24" barrel, 71gr RL-19 and 139 Interbond = 3400 fps with 3/4 moa. Good speed, good accuracy and very little recoil.

    The 7mm has the obvious advantage of bullets available. I can't think of an advantage the 6.5 would have with a case of this capacity.
     
  4. ol mike

    ol mike Well-Known Member

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    bone 27 ,

    Welcome .

    What do you plan on shooting the berger vld's at ?
    Paper -coyotes -elk ?
     
  5. alexkeyser

    alexkeyser Well-Known Member

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    mostly antelope and varmits. I have a 30-378 mark V with alot of work done to it. so I really don't need alot of serious energy. I have taken antelope to 912 yds. with the weatherby, and want a smaller cartidge that can do the job at the same ranges. Plus I would like to have somthing that will not be a powder and barrel burner. I average 400rds. per year out of the 30-378 and just can't see wasting 115grs. of powder just to punch paper and smaller game. the 30-378 shoots great and I have all of my drop charts calculated to a tee. Now I would like a rig that is just more for practice and as I stated earlier, antelope or predator hunting/ varmits.
     
  6. davewilson

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    6.5 x 284
     
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  8. alexkeyser

    alexkeyser Well-Known Member

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    thanks alot rick, great article and even better shooting
     
  9. ol mike

    ol mike Well-Known Member

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    Rifle twist aside are the 180gr bullets too heavy for the 7mm wsm ?
     
  10. linksmechanic

    linksmechanic Well-Known Member

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    no there not. I have used them in a 7 rm and a wsm and they are one fine bullet.