Wow - Western Hunter - if I read this correctly - with the 145 grain bullet traveling at 2850 at the muzzle - this round would be a reliable offering to take an elk at 400 yards?
With that said - and if yes - that is probably further than I would ever shoot - likely my figure is closer to 300 yards...
I do genuinely appreciate all the time and effort you folks put into this debate.
I planned to add a 30 caliber rifle this summer - and may still - but I am very comfrotable with the 7-08...
I think I misspoke earlier too... it is a 24" barrel and not a 22".
It has great glass on it and also has a muzzle break so it is VERY comfortable to shoot.
Wow - great news - thanks!!!!
I only caution Jim that you find out the BC of the particular bullets you plan to use and do the math to determine if you will get the same performance with your choice of bullets. Some rounds even in the same caliber and bullet weight can differ depending on the BC and other factors. The numbers I used are straight from the Speer manual and as such refer to various Speer brand bullets being used. I do doubt that other brand bullets will be much different in the amount of energy they retain at distance.
Nothing wrong with larger 30 cal magnums, they do perform very well as the others have stated. But, as with any high performance product, there does come time when you reach a point of diminishing returns. When that happens I really begin to wonder what the advantage really is
In many instances some of these magnums drop down to the same performance at say 550 yards to 600 yards as the 7mm-08 already delivers at say 300 yrds. That's a fact that advocates for these magnums fail to ever take into consideration. Anyway, just one of many things to take into account when hunting. Sometimes my ranting also reaches a point of diminishing returns too, so it's time for me to chime out on this topic