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Author Topic: 7mm Rem Mag or 300 Win Mag for elk  (Read 1258 times)

Offline bobcat

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Re: 7mm Rem Mag or 300 Win Mag for elk
« Reply #50 on: February 09, 2018, 08:12:26 AM »
Well sh%$ now I'm thinking about the 338 wm.   Thanks guys  :chuckle:

Well, youíve already got a 30/06, might as well step up to a 338.
It's very tempting.

I like my 338 but Iím not sure Iíd like it as much if I didnít reload and had to buy factory ammo. The 300 WM has more factory ammo available and for less money than the 338. So thatís just something to consider.

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Re: 7mm Rem Mag or 300 Win Mag for elk
« Reply #51 on: February 09, 2018, 09:55:56 AM »
 :yeah: I feel the exact same way about the 340 wby. If i didn't hand load i would probably be shooting a 300 wm, just for the over the counter availability of rounds.

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Re: 7mm Rem Mag or 300 Win Mag for elk
« Reply #52 on: February 09, 2018, 10:04:34 AM »
If you're going up to a 338 why not just go to a 375?

Or... pay more attention to bullet type/construction instead of caliber and go drop an elk. In all reality there isn't anything the 300 or 338 will do that a 7rm won't, on game.

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Re: 7mm Rem Mag or 300 Win Mag for elk
« Reply #53 on: February 09, 2018, 10:39:56 AM »
All good points and things to consider.  Thanks guys.

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Re: 7mm Rem Mag or 300 Win Mag for elk
« Reply #54 on: February 09, 2018, 11:27:08 AM »
Where do you plan on elk hunting?  Wet side, east side, other states?  What typical ranges?

Your 30-06 shooting 168gr Accubond Long Range factory ammo from Nosler should run ~2900 ft-lbs muzzle energy in a 24" barrel.  Zero'd at 200yds, drops ~21 inches at 400 yards.   Or go heavier with the 180 grain or 200 grain in 30-06 for closer in work.   Plenty of power for an elk inside 300 yards.   

Or if you really like the feel of your 30-06 rifle, and want to run bigger and more power you can get in the 3400 to 3500 ft-lbs muzzle energy by re-boring it to 338-06.  Run 210, 225, or 250gr bullets for heavier stuff.  Or run the 180gr Accubonds for shots out to 400+ yards.   Cheaper than buying a new rifle.

If you do a lot of east side hunting or other states where it's very open range with many longer range shots >400 yards, then yeah a 300WM or one of the 338 calibers is a better option.   


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Re: 7mm Rem Mag or 300 Win Mag for elk
« Reply #55 on: February 09, 2018, 12:42:57 PM »
It sounds like your looking for a dedicated elk gun. Keep the 06 as is.  Get a 300 to maximize factory ammo options. 338 if reloading. 7mag wouldn't be on my list for dedicated elk gun, but if looking for a muley/elk combo it would be a player.