7mm vs 300 for Elk?

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7mm vs 300 for Elk?

Post by DeadI » Sun Sep 07, 2008 5:06 pm

Currently I have a Remington 7mm rifle that I use for all my Big Game rifle hunting. However I may end up haveing a 300 in my possession in the next few months (not intime for my LE Elk hunt this week end :>/ to try out). My question is this, would it be worth keeping the 300 around for the few rifle elk hunts that I go on or is the 7mm more than enough? If I do end up with the 300 I have been tossing the idea around of selling it or trading it in for something else. Just thought I would get you guys oppinion. Thanks.
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Re: 7mm vs 300 for Elk?

Post by MuleyMadness » Sun Sep 07, 2008 5:22 pm

7mm is good enough IMO, but do what you like my friend. :thumb

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Re: 7mm vs 300 for Elk?

Post by AGCHAWK » Sun Sep 07, 2008 6:23 pm

Either one will drop what you're shootin' at DeadI. It's all a matter of shot placement....and of course, you are "Dead-I"...so that shouldn't be a problem :))
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Re: 7mm vs 300 for Elk?

Post by 9er » Sun Sep 07, 2008 7:24 pm

and just how do you think your gonna end up with a new gun may i ask???? :)) :))

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Re: 7mm vs 300 for Elk?

Post by DeadI » Sun Sep 07, 2008 9:29 pm

9er wrote:and just how do you think your gonna end up with a new gun may i ask???? :)) :))

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Re: 7mm vs 300 for Elk?

Post by wingmaster36 » Mon Sep 08, 2008 8:20 am

I had a similar situation 3 years ago between my 7 mag and 338 mag. Idetermined that the 7 was more versatile for a deer/elk combo gun than the 338 so I sold the 338. The 300 is a little more gun no doubt, but I would keep whichever shot the best.
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Re: 7mm vs 300 for Elk?

Post by dkhunter49 » Mon Sep 08, 2008 9:19 am

i agree w/ wingmaster, shoot the one that shoots the best for ya, however what is wrong with having a back up gun??????. out here in id, if going on a week or longer hunting trip, a long way from home,accidents happen ,dropped,slide down a hill,horse stumbles,,,,,ect. a few of us always bring along a back up for the what if"s. i shoot a 300 for everything, used to carry a .270 for back up now if the old reliable goes thru a boo boo, my 243. is gonna smac em. yes is considered too small for elk however a lot of become freezers have been filled due to a 100.gr coreloc.

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Re: 7mm vs 300 for Elk?

Post by TheGreatwhitehunter » Mon Sep 08, 2008 1:09 pm

I have the 300wm, 7mm Mag and a 7mm STW and honestly I use my .270 more often than I use the mags.

A well construced bullet with good shot placement is deadly period.

Add that to a person who shoots year round and knows the ballistics of their rifle and your just as deadly with a rifle your comfortable with as you are with a big Magnum.
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Re: 7mm vs 300 for Elk?

Post by dahlmer » Mon Sep 08, 2008 3:08 pm

I shot a lightweght Browning 30'06 for years and no matter how much I practiced with it and used it I could never get comfortable. Between kicking like a mule and a poor trigger I was just never very confident with it. Several years ago I switched over to a winchester 7mm mag. I love the gun...shoots like a dream and the recoil is very manageable. My shooting improved dramatically overnight and I took my two best deer to date with it.

Well, last year my dad cleaned out his gun safe and handed down a 300 WSM featherweight. I was a little concerned initially that I would have the same issues I had with the 30'06, but to my delight the recoil was not significantly worse than the 7mm...it has a very nice recoil pad on it and even though it is a featherweight it is still heavier than the '06. I killed a nice bull on the Wasatch last year and was very pleased with the performance. At 300 yards the 180 grain nosler partition broke both front shoulders and was under the hide on the opposite side.

Either caliber is a great all around big game rifle if you can manage the recoil. In my experience trigger pull is a big determinant of consistent shooting as well. To much creep are poundage and you'll begin anticipating the shot and your shooting will be eratic at best...at least in my case. I will probably carry the 300 when I anticipate hiking less and the 7mm when more hiking is in the plans.

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Re: 7mm vs 300 for Elk?

Post by skull krazy » Mon Sep 08, 2008 5:09 pm

DeadI wrote: If I do end up with the 300 I have been tossing the idea around of selling it or trading it in for something else. Just thought I would get you guys oppinion. Thanks.
I think once you get the .300, you'll be deciding on what to do with the 7MM. =D>
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