October 12, 2008, 10:48 PM
Anyone shoot a 7mm (not the mag) I have been thinking about getting one for the wife, have read lot of good about them, should be mild recoil, and a good hunting gun. Any good, bad, or other reports? thanks

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October 12, 2008, 10:53 PM
Which one? Other than the Rem mag, there is the Winchester short mag, 7x57 Mauser, 7mm-08, 7mm RSAUM, ect. a LOT of them, not just the mag and the plain one.

Which one???

October 12, 2008, 10:54 PM
I have 3...that is if you are talking about the 7x57mm. I don't shoot them much at all, but its not because the 7mm is a bad round. Its just that I prefer another round (308) for my hunting purposes.

I doubt there is anyone who knows anything about the 7x57 that has anything bad to say about it...with the exception of available ammo, and that's only a problem if you don't reload.

Art Eatman
October 12, 2008, 10:58 PM
My legs cheated on me and got old, so I went looking for a lightweight critter. I settled on the Remington 700 Titanium in 7mm08. With a Leupold 3x9 it's 6.5 pounds, ready to go hunting.

The cartridge is pretty neat: 140-grain bullet at around 2,800 ft/sec, which is almost a .308 for "the numbers".

The stock happens to fit me well, and Mr. Remington's butt pad is adequately soft. It's no agony whatsoever at the benchrest, and offhand it's a pussycat.

October 12, 2008, 11:06 PM
IMO the 7x57 is one of the finest rifle calibers ever designed. Powerful enough for 98% of what American shooters might want to shoot it doesn't kick the snot out of you. With heavier bullets the ballistic coefficient is excellent delivering great long-range performance.

I think such a classic cartridge is best enjoyed in an equally classic rifle so here's my Ruger #1 (A1) in 7x57 with a Leopold Vari-Lux II 3x9 scope. It's a tack driver.


Jim Watson
October 12, 2008, 11:15 PM
7x57 Mauser or the Remington equivalent 7mm-08 would be good.

A friend bought his wife a .260 and now says it should have been a 7-08. But then he is a handloader and could have started her out at whatever level she could manage, then work up to full power hunting loads.

October 12, 2008, 11:36 PM
thanks the 7x57 was what I was thnking about, but I might do a little more checking on the 7-08, never been around one, but sounds interesting.:D

October 12, 2008, 11:42 PM
The more you look at the 7mm/08 the more you'll like it, and rightfully so.


October 12, 2008, 11:50 PM
No one has said anything about the .280 Rem. I've used mine for 20 years on all kids of animals up to elk, no complaints. There's not agreat variety of factory ammo for it but Rem. and Fed. both make some good .280 loads.

October 12, 2008, 11:53 PM
280 Rem. is the best of the non magnum 7mm's IMO...good point.

The downside is that its a "kicker"...not brutal, but its got some recoil.

October 12, 2008, 11:56 PM
yeah, most of the 7's are long action, I think you should look at the 270; a bit milder, and cost for ammo is minimal, the other 7's can be expensive. 7.08 is very nice as well, but still a bit kicky; you may even try a 257 roberts, or a 6.5 swede, for some more milder stuff, not to mention the 25.06.
of these , I would look at the 270 , and the 6.5 swede first...

October 13, 2008, 12:02 AM
The 7x57 and the 6.5x55 are both a lot of fun to shoot. Really pleasant on the shoulder too.

October 13, 2008, 02:56 AM
The "original" short mag 7mm was/is called a 284 winchester, and it is about on par with the 7mm express/280.
Ditto on the 280 having a little kick, the SHR970 recently acquired has more recoil than the Sightron SII mounted on it has eye relief. Never saw that coming.....
I'd take a 25-06 over most non-magnum 7mm's.
Or a 270 (regular)
7x57 is an excellent round, with history to back up any/all claims made about it.
Still think, but don't know, the 243 win is the best for most any new/small shooters.

October 13, 2008, 08:43 AM
7x57 Mauser has a long history, starting with Spain kicking our butts with it in the Spanish-American War. Of course we were using Trapdoor Springfields in 45-70 so they didn't have to try too hard.

I remember reading about a hunter in Africa who shot just about everything with it, including many elephants, so it's certainly a potent round.

Never heard anything about it having punishing recoil so it should be fine for your wife. Also has reputation as a fairly accurate round.

Certainly many surplus Mausers around if you want to go that route.

Go for it.

October 13, 2008, 08:57 AM
"...the 243 win is the best for most any new/small shooters."

High-5 to that, Beretta !! :)


October 13, 2008, 09:27 AM
The 7mm-08 would be a very good choice, and has "managed recoil" loads available to start the lady of with if you do not reload. I personally like the 6.5x55 but also find the 260 Rem as a good choice. Both 6.5's shoot easy but hit hard.
I really clump all three together as good all around deer rounds.
The 7x57 is a great round, but it's a little harder to find that chambering in a modern rifle, but could easily be made from a rebarreled Mauser.


October 13, 2008, 09:41 AM

Shoot one and you will immediately see why it is being recommended by a lot of people.

October 13, 2008, 09:43 AM
Noticed the original post was from Oregon, so there is a chance the gal might be going after an elk. That said, I would say the 7-08, 280, 260, 257 roberts or 25-06 would be the minimum. Much as i like the 243 in my vault, its just not an elk round IMO.

Just been through the pain staking process of picking out a rifle for the wife myself. After all the evaluating on recoil, energy, etc, she has a 25-06 now for elk and deer in MT. Can't say how it will do on elk yet, but its less than 2 weeks until field testing begins on elk with it. but at least according to the numbers, it should thump an elk out to 200 yards anyhow......

October 13, 2008, 09:58 AM
Everytime this wife or kid gun subject comes up I think the solution is a .308 with managed recoil ammo to start and for anything up to elk, and then full power .308 loads later. Unless you want to also use the same rifle for long range varmint shooting, in which case the .260 Rem is the solution. To me if you are going to go 7mm-08 you may as well go .308 where ammo is more available.

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