Couldn't decide between a 7mm mag or a 300 win mag...


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sleepyone
November 16, 2009, 09:13 PM
so I'm getting a 30-06!:D

Almost every forum I read touting the pros and cons between the two eventually came around to including the 30-06 as well. For me, the main factors in coming to this decision were:

1. Ammo cost is much less for 30-06. I don't reload.
2. Recoil was more than I wanted to deal with on the 300 win mag. 7mm mag recoil is very close to the 30-06.
3. The 30-06 has a huge range of factory loads available, and the ammo can be found at any country store.
4. People were killing elk, caribou, bear and moose with the 30-06 long before magnums entered the picture.
5. I enjoy going to the range year-round, except for the dead of summer in Texas, and the 300 win mag mag recoil and ammo cost of both the 7 and 300 would prevent that.
6. With my 243 and 270, I have a nice range of calibers that will meet any of my needs in the lower 48, which is where I see my hunting range being limited due to finances.

I hope this helps someone who might be going through the same internal struggle. I cam very close to the 7mm mag before common sense prevailed.

It will be a new Winchester M70 in either a Featherweight or a Sporter. I have two new Featherweights and love everything about them. I'll mount a Buckmasters 3x9 40mm and hopefully give an initial report next week.

If I am off the mark in any of my reasons, give me your logic. It won't change my mind, but perhaps it will help someone else.

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saturno_v
November 16, 2009, 09:25 PM
Wise choice..I pretty much agree with everything you said....and I own three 30-06 rifles :D
When I did want really step up, I went directly to the 338 Win Mag.

sleepyone
November 16, 2009, 09:43 PM
338 win mag. That seems like the next true step-up from the 30-06 in my mind as well.

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