New caliber for first build?

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by matt_3479, Aug 13, 2011.

  1. matt_3479

    matt_3479 Well-Known Member

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    I own a remington 700 BDL 7mm rem mag. very accurate gun. I want a gun i can hunt with for moose and elk and whitetail at ranges out too 700-800 yards and accurately shoot targets at ranges well out and over 1000. The reason i want 700-800 yards is because where i hunt moose the max shooting is around 600-700 yards and i want to just take it to about 100 yards past that incase of anything at all. Dont want to loose a trophy bull.

    I know that loaded properly a 7mm mag can do what i ask for it but im not sure if its really the proper caliber for the job. I do not want a 338. I dont think i will put it to full use. Most of my shooting is between 50-600 yards so i know a 338 isn't needed.

    I dont know what caliber will be best for me. I own a 300. wsm and absolutely love it. The only issue is, its a browning a-bolt so i cant do any work to it. It is accurate enough to take the game i want at 600 yards but not any further then that. and if i wanted real precision i cant get that out of it. Its strictly a hunting rifle. I was debating turning it into another 300. wsm. This caliber is more adequate for ranges im talking about and in a long action i can utilize the 190-210 grain bullets. I know there is no point in shooting the short mag if im talking about 190-210 when the 300 win mag does that naturally. the reason im considering it the most is cause i already have everything i need to reload including 100 empty shells 1 fired. The wsm will do everything the win mag will in a long action.

    the only other caliber i was considering was the 300. RUM. If i were to step away from the wsm why go to a win mag if just a step past is the RUM. What is everyone's thoughts?
     
  2. angus-5024

    angus-5024 Well-Known Member

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    If your looking for a rifle that you can do alot of target work with I would go with the .300 WSM. The .300 RUM is just to hard on barrels to see alot of rounds. The other consideration is the weight of the rifle, generally most guys prefer a heavier rifle when it comes to the ultra mags, and you said you want kin of a "cross -over" so the lighter recoiling .300 WSM gets my vote.

    If you plan on shooting it very little then the Rum will get you out to 700-800 yards a bit easier. The WSM can also use a shorter barrel. I know you said you dont want a .338. but I feel that the .338 RUM would meet your needs well too.
     

  3. WildRose

    WildRose Well-Known Member

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    Well since you like the rifle as is and it's accurate enough what about having it rechambered for 7 RUM or & STW?

    If that can be done without rebarrelling it'd save you a heck of a lot of money I'd think and keep you with what you are already comfortable with.

    Of the others you mention 300 Rum would be the way I'd go.