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Old 03-30-2015, 11:40 PM   #1
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Hi, i'm looking to buy a new rifle, really thinking bout a 7mm mag. I have a savage model 11, 270 wsm, been shooting it for 10 years but now looking for something new. I really like the 7mm mag but i never shot one. My uncle has one but says its not the best caliber to shoot at the range, due to the recoil. I do hunt but i go to range a lot more through out the year. I just wanted to know if the 7mm mag is too much to shoot consistently at the range.
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Old 03-30-2015, 11:50 PM   #2
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I will start out by saying I am a big fan of the 7MM Remington Mag round. I have one in a Remington 700 CDL. I use it most of the time for hunting in Texas on the lease and have for several years. As far as a hunting round it's ballistics ,trajectory and accuracy is "Great". Set it's Zero at 1.3" high at 100 and shoot out to 300 with very little adjustment. But your Uncle has a good point! For a day on the range with firing a lot of rounds it could be a little too much! Also the cost of the ammunition should you purchase it from a store to be shooting a lot of rounds would be cost prohibitive. *NO SURPLUS AMMO AVAILABLE! You could reload it but it is still more expensive by far than a 308 for example. On the other hand, if you are going to shoot a few rounds at the range and are wanting longer range superior accuracy it would be a good choice. So I guess you need to consider the above uses for it to suit your needs. But as I said it is a fantastic round!

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My 7mm is a BAR and the recoil is less bothersome than the old springfield 30-06 that sits next to it.
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I recently picked a Ruger up in 7mm rem mag. From what I here recoil is about 30% less than a .300 win mag.
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I shot an M77 in 7mm in my youth... it bucks.
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7mm Rem mag recoil is very similar to 30-06 recoil. - Generally speaking, it involves a lighter bullet going a bit faster.

My last 7mm Rem mag rifle had a hard plastic butt-plate and I never got any bruising out of it. - It has some authority but I do not consider it to be a hard kicker.

But that's just me.
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I would not look at ether a 7mm RM or the 270wsm as a "range " rifle . Hunting or match build maybe but not a go to the range to bang rounds with . Go buy a 223 or 308. Keep your hunter for just that out side of what you need to learn about your load or scope setting my 7mmRM custom does not hang around a range and its a very accurate sub 3/8"moa heavy hunter custom . Tts 18 years old now and still darn near as good as when built . That almost part is more than likely me .
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I would tend to agree that a 7mm magnum is not a round for extended time at the range,, I have a custom Czech Mauser in 7 mm Remington magnum. It has a medium 26" barrel and laminated stock which makes it about a pound or more heavier than most factory rifles, the 140 and 150 grain fodder has very tolerable felt recoil, the 160 and 175's can be a bit stiff. To me, it is a hunting rifle, my favorite loads are with a 160 grain Nosler Partition,, I have taken bison, elk, deer, wild hogs, and for just about anything that I would hunt in North America, I feel very confident in the rifle and cartridge,, I have no desire to hunt grizzlies but given my shot, I am sure it could cleanly take one, but I would prefer a much heavier round. For an all around hunting round, it is a very good one for me. I would get another range rifle.
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One of the beautiful things about 7mm Rem Mag is that it is a very fast, flat shooting round, which makes hunting much easier and it has enough power to take most North American game with one well-placed shot. However, this is not a round you typically want to take to the range and shoot a couple of boxes of ammo. Sight in the scope just as Sniper03 detailed above and use it as your primary hunting gun - you'll be very successful with it!
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Magnums are fun.
Proly lose the shine at about 2 boxes.

Having shot for years, once a rig is set I'm bored within a box at the range. I'd rather be out hunting. Besides, 100 yard ranges are yawners. Heck, even 200 yards is boring with a decent scoped rifle. Unless you're testing varmint rigs/precision handloads.
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