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Polygon 04-30-2012 07:08 PM

Which Round
I'm hoping this hasn't been asked to death. I'm going to be buying my first long range rifle shortly and I want to get a Remington 700. I just don't know what I want it in.

I talked to my father and was thinking about .308 or 30-06 and he said not to bother with them and that I wanted a flatter shooting round like the 7mm. However, the 7mm is twice the price and lacks the reloading options of the other two.

Is there any truth to what he said?

therewolf 04-30-2012 09:08 PM

Please let me clarify. For most, I would immediately

hawk the 30.06.

As a first gun, IMHO, the .308 may be better.

But you may also want to re-think things a little bit,

as most would suggest you consider starting out with


I've never regretted getting, having, and shooting

my .22LR rifles and pistols. Purchased primarily for

the range, they are great training tools,

and fun for the whole family.

Ranger-6 04-30-2012 09:15 PM

I just got to love them .22LRs. But those 7mm's are very deadly to both man and beast.

Polygon 04-30-2012 09:36 PM

Ah, let me clarify....

This my first long range rifle of my own. I have shot many high caliber rifles. They just weren't mine and it's been a while. I also already own a couple of .22LR that I shoot regularly.

Ranger-6 04-30-2012 09:57 PM

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Originally Posted by Polygon (Post 786542)
Ah, let me clarify...

The US Secret Service has seen the merits of the 7mm Rem magnum as a sniping round. This rifle will shoot a very aerodynamic 160 gr bullet at around 3000-3100 fps, plus has an advantage in both energy and trajectory.

They have been known to take down a bull elk weighing an average of 710 lb, standing 4.9 ft at the shoulder and averaging 8.2 ft in length.

Some hunters say that the same model rifle with a 7mm Rem magnum load and 175 grain bullet will have the recoil edge on the 300 with a 150 grain bullet.

smoooth308 04-30-2012 11:22 PM

My first long range rifle was a Remington 700 sps tactical in .308 and I love it!!
It covers all my needs for long range as I'm still working out to longer ranges(500 yards right now) it took me a little while to work out this far and im still learning alot. So unless you are already shooting out this far and farther, I would recommend the .308. Plus ammo is widely available in different grains and won't break the bank every time you need to buy more.

Plus when I do get into hunting I know I have a round that can take most of the larger game. Hog hunting is what I will probably be doing since deer hunting is pretty hard here.

cottontop 04-30-2012 11:57 PM

By 7mm, I assume you are talking about the 7mm Remington Magnum?

BlueTurf 05-01-2012 12:08 AM

I also recommend the .308. It is a very versatile and inherently accurate round. There is a big range of bullet weights available for this cartridge. Ammunition and reloading components are usually available and affordable. The .308 can take down big game and punch tight groups in paper. It would be a good choice.

cbibb 05-01-2012 01:27 AM

308 for sure short action and countless reloading options I got a 223 for that reason my next rifle will be a 308 I have a 40x action that needs rebarreled when I get the money good luck

TLuker 05-01-2012 01:30 AM

It all depends on what you want to do with the gun. If you just want to shoot long range then .308 is the way to go. Hunting at long range is a different matter. You can still take game on out there with a .308, but there are calibers that would probably be better for hunting? I really do think most people are shooting calibers that are complete overkill. To me a .270 is an elk caliber and complete overkill on deer. I even seem to recall reading years ago that the .270 was created for elk? A .243 will kill just about anything in North America so don't ever worry about a .308 not being enough gun.

With that said, the bigger bullets still offer advantages for hunting at long distances. You have more room for error with a flatter shooting bullet such as a 7mm mag. You have time to make precise adjustments in order to hit a paper target at long distances with a .308. You might not have that time while hunting. A fast bullet lets you shoot further without worrying about adjustments and your adjustments don't have to be quite as precise for the same distance.

So it all depends on what you want to do. :)

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