Thanks for the replies, with that said, why wouldn't the 7 RUM be a better choice for all around deer,elk etc at long range? Is it just because of barrel life? And as far as that goes, what kind of barrel life would the 7 RUM have?
You have to realize that this is long range shooting. Most shooters won't shoot off the shelf ammo. To get the most of the rifle's potential, you almost have to develop a load of your own.
Reloading is not an issue, I have been doing for 25 years, I have two press, and a room full of powder and dies. I have been loading for most of the Weatherby mags,257STW etc..... I am looking a buying a custom gun and before I spent 4-8k on one I wanted some opinions. I appreciate what you guys are posting.
My original thought was the 6.5x 284 because it doesn't take a pound of powder per load. and it has light recoil with out a brake. It also appears they will kill most anything in North America at long ranges based on some of the long range shows! I am fond of the 30cals but was thinking something smaller that would still do the job.