270wsm,280ai or 7mm mag

M2Gunner

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I posted couple days ago about what's good caliber to get to start long range hunting with being mostly for deer hunting but do plan on elk and beer hunting also and I got alot of recommends about 6.5 and all and after talking to few different people I will be buying a 6.5 later after purchasing one of the above calibers so my question is with mostly deer hunting and hopefully elk and bear hunting in mind out of the 3 calibers above what would be the better caliber to choose? I have also considered 300 win mag but want a factory rifle that's threaded and I'm not sure who all makes a factory threaded 300 win mag that's not going to be over 1,200. I dont have any experience with any of them but have done alot of research on them and this is what I cant get factory ammo for locally or I can order either one and I also plan to start reloading having hard time finding everything I need used.
I think you've narrowed it down to some excellent options.

For LR elk I'd really suggest going with a 7mm and run the 175 ABLR, I've been testing them in various calibers and they're a great bullet that'll retain approx 50 percent weight at high impact velocity.

If you're going to handload I'd pick the 280 ai over the 7RM.
You'll have less brass trimming with the 40 degree shoulder, and a more efficient easy to tune case design.

Good luck!
 

Mustang72

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All great choices and very versatile rounds. My thinking might be a little different from others. You said you planned on getting a 6.5 after this one. Are you talking about something like a 6.5 creedmoore or something like a 6.5 prc? I don't see much point in having both the prc and a 7mag. 7 mag and a small 6.5 is very different. I think there is enough difference between a 300 wm and a 6.5 prc to matter. All great choices but I like to spread the gaps a bit.-- Of course of budget and time allows you can't have to many!
 

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If I will ever buy a factory rifle I’ll go with Tikka in 7mmRM, nothing wrong with other rifles, it’s just so cheap, well built and the action is so well made that almost anyone makes pre-fit barrels for it. I think for a factory rifle and the idea of building a semi-custom on a budget in the future Tikka is the way to go.
 

Sid Post

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... I have also considered 300 win mag but want a factory rifle that's threaded and I'm not sure who all makes a factory threaded 300 win mag that's not going to be over 1,200. ...
My last rifle threading for a can was $50 so, not something I worry about other than "convenience".

I must admit, however, that the factory threading on a Weatherby Vanguard in 257 Weatherby Magnum tipped the scales a bit in its favor. :)

For ~$550, a Weatherby Vanguard in one of the 'bee' calibers is hard to pass up. Myself, there is little I wouldn't hunt with a 257 in North America. A 270 or 7mm might give you some extra oomph but, a solid hit from a 257 with a good bullet will do the job without any excessive 'wear and tear' on the shooter or their shoulder.

My 300WM is a Remington Sendero which is a good rifle but, I don't see myself hunting with it now unless I go to Africa or if a Grizzly or Polar Bear is something I decide I need to take home.
 

SamuelBerryhill308

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All great choices and very versatile rounds. My thinking might be a little different from others. You said you planned on getting a 6.5 after this one. Are you talking about something like a 6.5 creedmoore or something like a 6.5 prc? I don't see much point in having both the prc and a 7mag. 7 mag and a small 6.5 is very different. I think there is enough difference between a 300 wm and a 6.5 prc to matter. All great choices but I like to spread the gaps a bit.-- Of course of budget and time allows you can't have to many!
I was thanking of a 6.5 creedmoore and what ever caliber I end up buying this time around.i have 2 308s one for hunting and one for targets or blind hunting.im just wanting something different and like you said cant ever have to many guns
 

SamuelBerryhill308

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My last rifle threading for a can was $50 so, not something I worry about other than "convenience".

I must admit, however, that the factory threading on a Weatherby Vanguard in 257 Weatherby Magnum tipped the scales a bit in its favor. :)

For ~$550, a Weatherby Vanguard in one of the 'bee' calibers is hard to pass up. Myself, there is little I wouldn't hunt with a 257 in North America. A 270 or 7mm might give you some extra oomph but, a solid hit from a 257 with a good bullet will do the job without any excessive 'wear and tear' on the shooter or their shoulder.

My 300WM is a Remington Sendero which is a good rifle but, I don't see myself hunting with it now unless I go to Africa or if a Grizzly or Polar Bear is something I decide I need to take home.
Didnt know the weatherby vanguard came threaded only caliber I would want with threaded barrel would probably be 300 win mag maybe 7mm mag only for muzzle brakes dont have a can yet
 

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All three cartridges are great choices, but the 7mm Rem Mag takes the #1 spot for me.

I am a 7mm fan but I have shot the 270 and it just plain kills. The 280AI os lota of fun as well. Bit rhe 7mm Rem Mag has more power, more factory ammo optipns if you dont reload, if you reload tons of components available. Yes the 280AI is sexier but its still not the 7mm Rem Mag. I find the recoil in all three very similar.

The 7mm Rem Mag is a boring cartridge I know, but it just works, from 120gr to 180gr bullets, what else do you need.

Hope this helps and stay safe
 

jdavistx

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All three cartridges are great choices, but the 7mm Rem Mag takes the #1 spot for me.

I am a 7mm fan but I have shot the 270 and it just plain kills. The 280AI os lota of fun as well. Bit rhe 7mm Rem Mag has more power, more factory ammo optipns if you dont reload, if you reload tons of components available. Yes the 280AI is sexier but its still not the 7mm Rem Mag. I find the recoil in all three very similar.

The 7mm Rem Mag is a boring cartridge I know, but it just works, from 120gr to 180gr bullets, what else do you need.

Hope this helps and stay safe
Wondering why you call a 7mmRM boring? No attitude, just curious.
 

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