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Location: Marble Falls Texas
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7mm-08 for Elk

hi all
Say I'm contemplating adding a 7mm-08 to my stable of rifles, I currently
have a .270,.300 win so it's not like I don't have a gun for deer and elk it's just that I have a couple of empty spaces in the cabinet and I wanted to know if anyone has exp w/ cal? what is pro's and con's by the way I do reload. Besides I figure it's got to be some kind of sin to have empty spaces in a gun cabinet. Laugh Laugh

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Location: WI/MT
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no empty spaces allowed

You are soo right I think it is a perfect fit you need to go now. It is the twin to the 7x57 and it was used to kill everything up to elephant (accurate shooters of course) soo it may be able to kill elk. But if we listen to the masses we know that a 338 is only marginal

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Location: Canada
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7mm-08 for Elk

Spare me........what cartridges are suitable for elk has a lot to do with what you are asking them to do. Big difference between needing to put a good bullet through the lungs broadside at 150 yards and trying to smash through the near shoulder on the way to the lungs on a quartering shot at 300 or 400 yards.

The .338 cartridges have their place.......for those that can shoot them. If you can't well than stick with something you can..........no one will think less of you, certainly not me. Given the fact that you have a .270 and a .300 Win Mag I doubt you need this cartridge. It is a good one.......no I really mean it.....it IS a good one, but you do not need it with what you have,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,unless of course you want one. Big smile

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7mm-08 for Elk

Since you are a reloader and have a 270 win & a 300 win mag, you can duplicate anything the 7mm-08 could do, the fine cartridge that it is::
But I'm with ya on your empty spot in the gun case theory. Nothing else but another rifle can add to the pleasing decor of a gun rack. Yes Yes Yes

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Location: Plano, TX
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7mm-08 for Elk

I am going to be using my 7mm08 for elk this fall. I absolutely love the caliber, as its 7mm bullet with the very high ballistic coefficient is a great killer and makes the cartridge perform better than might be expected from a short action round. I will be using Federal Premium 140 gr nosler partitions, as I do not reload. I have done a lot of study on using it for elk, and the consensus is that it will work very well, though some say the shots should be limited to 200-250 yards. I will let you know how it worked for me at the end of October. Hopefully, I will have a good story to tell!

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Location: WI/MT
Joined: 02/01/2006
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oh no spare me

All that is ever asked of a rifle/cartridge is to kill the animal thats it.
Thinking that since I now have a magnum will make me more accurate at further distances is comical. Poorly shooting an animal and thinking a magnum will make up for it is cruel to the animal. As this guide has seen all to often, someone showing up with a brand new 300RUM or 338 the hunt was going to be a hard ugly event. But that old guy from Maine with his only rifle a model 54 in 30-06. We all new that it was going to be an easy hunt. Certainly not knocking big calibre's I just saw too many people relying on them and thinking that they could get away with a poorly placed shot. The puny 6.5x55 has killed more moose than about any other cartridge in the Netherlands. They have to qualify first, heaven forbid if we had to do that. And the study done in Jackson hole Wy on elk showed that the 06 killed just as well as the 375HH. There is a general rule for 20% more recoil you gain about 6% more velocity, not as much as we would like. Take a glance at the SD of 7mm and you will see it is a great go through the bone kinda bullet. FYI I once compared a 200 grain partition from a 308 and a 338 240 grain ? partition. We shot at 100yards into ballistic gelatin and no one could tell the dif in the wound channel. Don't get me wrong I love my large flat shooting noise makers, but as a person who took my job seriously and did research and never relied on camp fire lore, it is easy to see I don't gain that much.
The 7-08 is a short action and I think saving weight and easy to point is a paramount idea when you have to go up and down the beartooths three times before lunch.
Elkhunter98 welcome to the rifle loonie brigade. Sounds like you may need a few more rifles might I suggest a Savage 99 or a Winchester 88 or if yer like me and want some real recoil go find a model 71 in 450 Alaskan. My brother and I could put 5 rounds in a 4inch plate I think under 9 seconds at fifty yrds then we would be done for the day.

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Location: springfield, oregon
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7mm-08 for Elk

I have hunted deer with the 7mm-08 since i was 12. (I am 31 now) I have killed several deer with it using mostly 130 gr nosler partitions. It always results in a quick,clean kill. It is a great little rifle and definately deserves a place in your gun collection

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Location: austin and amarillo texas
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7mm-08 for Elk

I've got a browning BLR ina 7-08. It serves as my primary deer gun, as I am primarily interested in medium and big bore rifles. In your case, it is not necessary as both your rifles work well with deer and elk. One advantage of the 7-08 however, is that it's recoil is substantially less than a 270's or 300's. It also won't cause as much meat damage as either of your rifles. But, if you are intent on buying a new rifle, why not go either big or small. You are kind of being redundant with those three calibers. How about a 45/70, a 22-250, a 338, or something in a 35 cal (350 remington mag, 358 winchester, or 35 Whelen)? Or, you could join the big boys club and go with a 416 remington (my fave). A 375 H&H would also expand your horizons and serve as an excellent elk gun.

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7mm-08 for Elk

I agree with madden. The .270 you already have is not substantially diff than the 7mm-08. If just want another gun go with something thats unique.

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Location: Maui, Hawaii
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7mm-08 for Elk

I have used a 7mm-08 for a couple of years now and I love the round. I think the advantage is that you can get a lighter rifle. It uses a short action. In addition, the recoil is pretty mild. My 7mm-08 is a Savage 11 GL and it is noticeably lighter than my 30-06 which is a Savage 110 CL. Even so, the the felt recoil is less in the 7mm-08.

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7mm-08 for Elk

To be honest I'm not a huge fan of the 7mm-08. If your going to buy the rifle because of it's small size and short action go with a 308 or one of the "WSM" cartrages. If you want a 7mm-08 because it fills the gap between your 270 and 300 I would seriously look at other 7mm cartridges like the 7mm Rem Mag or the 7mm STW, and the 7mm WSM if you want to hunt Elk.