Originally Posted by Durangokid
Les Bowen guide and outfitter in Northern Wyoming was key in development of the 7MM Remington. The orginal Remington load was for Elk hunting. That load was the 175 Gr. bullet. It was not long however the recoil sensitve once a year rifle shooters wanted lighter bullet hence 150 grs. and lighter slugs. They then did not understand why the 7mm elk didn't work as advertised. I prefer the .338 Winchester but the 175 gr 7MM Rem Mag will work.
That is quite the interesting background. I've heard of a lot of experienced elk hunters, most of them guides, tell me that 7mm Rem Mag is about the perfect elk gun.
I hear a lot about blasting through bone all kinds of things about some of these rounds, but it seems to me the big thing to remember is the hunting itself. I myself probably wouldn't blast a 400yd frontal shot on a deer, but some would, so maybe that's what they need to perform, who knows. It's safe to say that with all these "newer" style rounds that there are some definate advantages to some of them. I think that sometimes we all have to remember that deer and elk have been taken with a lot less by some of the old timers with a regular ole soft point or even less than that sometimes. Who knows I guess. I think the key to all of this is probably shot placement.