bern0134, when someone says" 7 mm of some sorts", that is a broad spectrum of rifle ammo, but here goes.
The seven mag is an excellent, recoil tolerable round that is avail in a wide gamut of rifles. Nearly everybody makes a rifle in that caliber, they are plentiful, and typically very accurate, and relatively easy on barrels as compared to most.
The seven Weatherby mag, has a little more horsepower,( but not really that much), are also accurate, but finicky. Limited rifle avail, typically Weatherby only, Vanguard, or Mark V. Brass is expensive though.
Now as to the 7 STW, as per my screen name, I am a fan forever. Flat shooting, hard hitting, easy to get to shoot, once you get a GOOD rifle, and components. There is a thread topic in this section," For Those Who Shoot The 7 MM STW". just take a glance at that thread, and you'll get the idea. If you can handle the recoil of a 300 win mag, the STW will be no problem. It actually recoils a little less.
I have always been a 7 MM man. I actually prefer it over 30 caliber, except for big stuff, but, for all practical purposes, I have no large game on my menu, at this point, but if that were to happen, I do have a 300 mag.
Enjoy making your choice, they are all a fun ride ride.
7stw all the way. I've had a few of each(7rem and 7stw) and currently own one of each and there is simply no comparison. If I didn't have 400 new brass sitting around in 7rem (everyone I know gave me their fresh brass when they got rid of their 7rems.) I'd have bought a 280 instead as the rem simply isn't enough different to justify spendier brass. The 7stw is actually quite a bit more round than either of the others and will run with the 7rum with the right powder choices.
There is a velocity advantage to the STW and Weatherby even more with the ultra mag, from (on average) 50 to 150fps respectively in order. The 7RM is still to this day #3 in sales following only the 30-06 and 270, there's a good reason for that.
The 7RM has 150fps advantage over the 280. So what does one cartridge offer over the others realistically? The 7mag can do close to a mile maybe more , so can the other mag chamberings. 99% of the shooters out there can't realize the potential of any of the bigger 7s.
Knowing what I know now versus what I knew when I bought my 7mag years ago I would still choose the 7RM for one reason alone "barrel life" and that's what it really comes down to for me, 150FPS (2.7 MOA at 1000yrds) that you probably won't even notice once you really learn to drive em, or up to possibly 500rds more barrel life.
Which ever you choose be ready though, when that bug bites you you'll have to step up to a lot bigger loudnboomer to really take over where the 7s leave off their all that good! that's just my opinion though
If you want the most bang for your buck,the 7mag is the way to go.Uses less powder,very flat shooter,brass is cheap and easy to find,recoil is manageable,will shoot the same bullets as the other 7's,just a little less speed,but do you really need it?More rifles to pick from in the 7mag.I also have a 7STW.It does have a clear advantage over the 7mag.I'm getting around 200fps faster velocities with it in any of the bullet weights,but it cost me around ten more grains of powder to do it and a little more recoil,but still manageable.Brass is available,but it is sometimes unavailable or hard to find.It really depends on what your hunting and how far your shooting.If your hunting primarily elk size animals with heavier weight bullets at long distances,by all means,the bigger 7's are a better choice.But if you are hunting mostly deer sized game with lighter weight and mid sized bullets and most of your shots are usually 300yds or less,the Plain Jane 7mag will easily do the job.
Guys, I don't hate the 7rem, but the stw is so much more and the barrel life really isn't any different. The 7 rum will kill a barrel in 600 rounds or so; been there, done that. The 7stw will go to 1500+ rounds and still be accurate, or just about the same as a 7 rem barrel; been there, done that.
As long as the [email protected], [email protected], 300wby, 340wby, 8rem, 416rem, and 458 lott are around I'll make my brass if I can't find it for the 7stw. That's a rather large pool to draw from, so I'm not having trouble any time soon. In any case I still have 7rum dies and could re-chamber to a rum body if I really had to.
I have a 7RM Sako Grey Wolf which I haven't streched out to it's full potential yet and it's extremly accurate and well made with very low recoil. I would highly recommend this rifle for long range deer shooting.