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7mm-08 for Elk

I believe the 7mm is one of the more overrated calibers. Besides, it's boring and cliched. Elk Hunter 98 is right in that it would fill your current ballistics gap, but I would suggest something other than the 7mm. The 338 federal has nearly identical ballistics to the 7mm (actually a smidgen more enrgy according to most accounts) and has considerably less recoil. It's a small action rifle and therefore a light rifle. I have one ina ruger m77 prarie rifle that I used to use as a guide gun. It's got an 18 inch barrel but it's still a tack driver. Amo is more expensive, but if you handload, it aint too bad. It's around 6.5 pound with a scope and still doesn't kick much. Orrr, you could go with a 350 remington magnum in a 673 remington guide gun. I've got one, and I love it. My fav all around though, b/c of it's bullet size versitility is the 35 whelen. You can turn an old -06 into one easy peesy. If I were in your case, however, and looking for something purely utilitarian, I'd go with the 338 winny. It's a lot bigger than a 270 or 300, and it will work well on anything from coyotes to grizzly. It can really reach out at long distances and Knock the snot out of anything, and it won't cause too much meat damage with the heavier slower moving bullet sizes.. Also, cheap factory or reloading ammo with versatility in bullet size. If you ever get lucky and head to Africa for a plains game safari, the 338 win mag can't be beat. I've got a Ruger m77 and don't know if I've got a better bolt action rifle.

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7mm-08 for Elk

The 7mm Remington Magnum is one of the great all-around rifle cartridges and the most popular magnum cartridge yet devised. Ammunition for the 7mm Remington Magnum is manufactured not only in North America, but also in Australia, Europe, Africa, and possibly other places. It is very widely distributed, and can be purchased in most countries where big game is hunted. I would take a 7mm mag over a 35 whalen everytime.

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I have had nothing to say on this subject. The though that the 7-08 is not adequate for elk I find absurb. What ever bullet is adequate from a 7mm STW on down, will be adequate in the 7-08, just maybe not as far but likely as far away as most of us shoot game well.

I have no idea why your looking for a 7-08 just to fill a spot in the gun cabnit as you have a 300 mag and a 270. What do you have in smaller cartridges? I'd be looking for a 25 cal if it were me, maybe even a 24 and I'm not a big 24 cal fan. I would also maybe look at a 22 cal.

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I agree with Don. Theres the 25-06, 243,223. My next deer rifle is going to be one of those preferably the .243 a very potent whitetail caliber. More than enough killing power out to two hundred yards and can be just as flat if not flatter than the 7mm

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Yeah, yeah, yeah model170 man. I understand very clearly that the 7mm is popular, but I didn't state that did I? I simply said it's overrated in my book. P.S. biggest thing you can put on a 7mm rem mag is around 180 graines, I can, even with factory loads, put a 250 grainer on my Whelen. You tell me which will hit that elk harder. Given, you'll have cheaper more available ammo, but you'll also be just another guy with a 7mm. Whelen is just as versatile and can take heavier game than the 7mm. I'll take my Whelen, along with several other calibers, over a 7mm any day. Let's agree to disagree... I'm not trying to start a fight because frankly, I don't have the attention span, nor do I have a mean bone in my body.

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I went ahead and got the 7mm=08

Thanks all for your opinions on 7mm-08. The main reason I went with is
that as I said before I have a .300win but I guess now I want to hunt with more
importance placed on shot placement. I have to be a better shot now, I know I'm capable of taking elk with my .300 knock em flat but now I need to make my best vital shot. which I think in the long run will hopefully make a better hunter and more of a sportsman thanks all I'll talk to ya soon
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Re: I went ahead and got the 7mm=08
elkhunter98 wrote:
Thanks all for your opinions on 7mm-08. The main reason I went with is
that as I said before I have a .300win but I guess now I want to hunt with more
importance placed on shot placement. I have to be a better shot now, I know I'm capable of taking elk with my .300 knock em flat but now I need to make my best vital shot. which I think in the long run will hopefully make a better hunter and more of a sportsman thanks all I'll talk to ya soon
Elkhunter98

Shot placement will be no more or less important than befor. I think what you'll find is that the placement is easier to make with suitable bullet's now. You made a wise choice. Think your going to enjoy the 7-08, I know I really enjoyed my 7x57 after several years of a 7mm mag.

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220 grain bullet a MV of 2,560 fps. I'm not impressed.

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Model70Man wrote:
220 grain bullet a MV of 2,560 fps. I'm not impressed.

That probably depends on weather your looking at it on the table or catching it in the chest!

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Keep talking all you want about the 35 whelen. It's still a mid-range cartridge.