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Magnum Advice

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by TexasEd, Feb 28, 2009.

  1. TexasEd

    TexasEd Well-Known Member

    I looking to buy a magnum. I will be going after elk, deer and boar. I am up for anything. I have heard the 7mm is good nd the 300 is better. WSM vs regular mag??? All opinions are welcomed as well as make and model of rifle. NOTE: I am a lefty.
  2. CB900F

    CB900F Well-Known Member


    Hmm, I used the basic .30-06 for that type of hunting for decades. Never a problem, given sensible gun control. Which really means putting the bullet where it's supposed to go, not where you hope it goes. For many years I've used my Winchester model 70, stainless classic left hand bolt .30-06 in a McMillan stock, wearing a Weaver Grand Slam 3.5-10X scope.

    However, a coupla (hell, maybe a coupla an a half by now!) years ago I got the "wanna's" for a dedicated elk, bear, moose, gun. And that would then allow me to use a single load in the ought-6 that works really well but's a bit light for the big stuff. After doing a whole bunch of research, I determined that a .30 magnum simply wasn't enough of a step up from the ought-6 to justify the major expense of a new gun & glass.

    Therefore I obtained a Tikka left hand bolt in .338 Winchester magnum, Talley rings, Zeiss 3.5-10X mil-dot Conquest, and am damn glad I did. My current load puts a 225 grain bullet out the muzzle at 2900 fps, giving slightly over 4,000 lbs of muzzle energy. It will reach out there & still have enough oomph to romp & stomp when it gets there. I don't find the recoil to be excessive, but I'm not lookin' for any more either. Push for another 100 fps & it will whack the bejeezus outta yer shoulder. And besides, the 2900 load's more accurate.

    Personally, I regard the Remington 7 mag as a .30-06 with better B/C bullets, & that's a pretty thin thread to hang a coupla thou for a new rig on.

    Last edited: Feb 28, 2009
  3. bang_bang

    bang_bang Well-Known Member

    7mm Mag, 300 Win Mag, and the .338 are all good choices. If you reload, you will see the versatility of these cartridges come to life. They are a bit rough on the shoulder, maybe a bit too rough if you want to put 20-30 rounds down range within a short period of time.

    I own a 7mm Mag and 300 Win Mag.... love them both.
  4. higene

    higene Well-Known Member

    Think BAR

    BAR's are well made and accurate (Belgian or Japanese) and drop the recoil of a 300 Win Mag or 338 Win mag down to 30-06 or 270 level.


  5. usmc1371

    usmc1371 Well-Known Member

    Having shot about a dozen elk with an 06 and half a dozen with the 300wm I have to say I haven't seen any diffrance but I have never shot an elk past 340 yds and I don't think any one will notice a dif until you get past 400. I have seen alot of elk killed in the past 18 years and my next dedicated elk rifle will be a LIGHT weight in 300 wm or 300 wsm. I will say the 338 wm is an outstanding elk round and if your inclined to want to shoot at elk way out there the 338-378 is the round for you, my little bro shoots one and it puts elk down like a train hit them.
    I have seen elk killed with pretty much every normal rifle ie .270, 30-06, 7 rem mag, 300wm, 338wm and 338-378. Even saw one killed with a 264 wm. With the lighter calibers I fully believe in heavy for cal bullets and my 06 and 300 have always done great with nosler partitions 180g.
    Last edited: Feb 28, 2009

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