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Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by 300 HART, Mar 28, 2010.
with shootin deer out to 500 yards would yall rather have a 30-06? or a 7mm rem mag?
7mm rem mag no doubt about it.
I currently own both calibers with the 30-06 shooting 180 grain soft points and the 7mm rem mag shooting 160 grain accubonds. The 30-06 is fantastic round for anything in north america but when it comes to whitetail i prefer something a little flatter and smaller especially if its at ranges like yours. If i were to choose a caliber it would be a 270. win or 243. win for whitetail for under 300 yards 350 max. For ranges over 350 or ranges like yours (500 yards) i wouldn't hesitate to pull the trigger with my 7mm rem mag. I would most likely shoot 150 grain bullet something like the nosler accubond.
So 7mm all the way!!
By the way, im getting rid of the 30-06 and i have a 300. wsm on the way and will be here later tonight
I love my 30-06, but if I was to take a poke at 500yds, I personaly would feel better having the speed that the 7mag offers. A 160ish+ grain at light speed compared to a 180 from my trusty ol' punken lobber.....Ya 7mag.
If a person is fully confident with his equipment, and personal ability, the -06 will do the job just fine, and on even bigger game than deer at 500yds, but Id still personaly opt for flatter/faster the 7mag.
Im sure there are other opinions, and they may not mirror mine. I just feel at that range and beyond, the faster/flatter bullet is a bit more forgiving for drop or wind correction.
7 Mag hands down. If you need to shoot further you have the gun to do it.
Both will do the job but if I could only chose one it would be the 7 Rem Mag because of
the bullet choices .
J E CUSTOM
thanks alot guys
yea the 30-06 has only a 22 inch barrel and the 7 mag has a 26 inch
i like havin a lil longer barrel
do you think the 30-06 would preform ok with a 22 inch barrel?
still goin towards the 7 mag though
Absolutely! You load it with a 165grn boat tail bullet or better, you will kill a deer to 600+ with the 30-06. You just won't have as a laser like you will with the 7mm. If you compare equal weight bullets between the two, you will find the 7RM is going to hit harder, faster! It is all a matter of preference. I have a load in an 18" 308 Winny that prints 1MOA or better if I do my part to 700 yards (my same load in a 22" would yield enough velocity to be lethal for a deer at 700.... just ! It just does not carry enough snot to knock a deer down at that distance with the 168 A-max I am currently loading. If I were to go up to a 175 or 180 boat tail, then it becomes a possibility, but I have a 300WSM to take care of shots over 500yrds.
what bullet should i shoot? will a 160 nolser blistic tip work?
I had a rem 700 30/06 re-barrelled it to 7mm rem mag. There is no way I would go back!
The 7mm mag will get it done so much easier, better velocity, better BC, way less windage.
My longest shot with the 30/06 was 475 yds, dropped the stag but it got up and I never saw it again, no blood trail nothing. Searched for hours with my dog. no-luck.
With my 7mm mag and 162 a-max or 168 berger I have taken numerous game (deer sized) from 358 yd to 638 yds and never lost an animal. I use the 160 accubond inside 300 yds, it works well.
Go with the 7mm mag and don't look back.
I am pretty sure there is no such thing as a 160 Balistic tip. There is 165 gr in .308 and a 150 grain in the 7mm. I WISH there was a 160 + gr balistic tip in .284!!!
A 160 Accu Bond will work better.
So far the 7mm RM has been all the hammer I need for deer and elk at medium ranges (500 to 700 yds).
I agree with the others, 7Mag. I use the 150gn Ballistic Tip and would not hesitate to unleash it on a deer at even further distances than you discussed. I've shot this bullet from day one (15 years ago) and know it intimately. There is currently only a 140 and 160gn AccuBond for the 7mm. The Ballistic Tip's can be had in 120, 140 and 150. JohnnyK.
Kind of off topic, but....with all of the big boomer 7mm's out there....don't you think a 160+ gr NBT would sell. I would buy them in a heartbeat!!!!