Properly handloaded, a 7mm Remington Magnum will drive a 160 grain bullet at 3200 fps, and a 162 grain bullet at 3165 fps, which is equal to the advertised velocities of the 7mm Weatherby's factory ammo.
The 7 mm rem mag. Thats my favorite round for my use and if you need more power ,well you have it.I bought a Browning a month ago and my first 7 mag was a Savage pkg rifle.Had a Simmons 3x9x32.I shot that off the porch ,free hand and nailed a paper plate at 125 yds,right out of the box.It put a smile on my face but not the buck I got in Nov.The Savage seems to be a gun that will take abuse and keep on goin.The thing I hated was the trigger on it.The new ones have the Accu trigger on them and its a great thing they did for the Savage line.Not sure if its on all of their rifles .So those are my thoughts on all this .Have fun with your new rifle ,thats what its all about.
Maybe I can help out? I have owned a rem 700 Sendero in the 7mm Rem Mag and had the trigger worked to 2 pounds. Beleive me it would shoot! I also just bought a .270 Weatherby Mag in a Mark V. The trigger on it is just as nice if not better. It has been used and was kept in immaculate condition. Both these guns are awsome for anything in North America. Honestly you need to decide are you gonna want to carry the Sendero around everywhere, its a heavy rifle. Do you want synthetic or wood. Also are you going to reload? Weatherby ammo gets expensive, hard to find if you need to just go get a box. I sold the Sendero, and miss it alot. But I am more than pleased with the Weatherby. Both these rifles are tac drivers. For hunting I always used 140 nosler partitions with the 7mm. In the .270 I bought one box of 140 ballistic tips to hold me over the season. I reload and will be shooting 140 partition or a 140 Barnes X bullet. Weatherby or Remington either will work, just make up your mind be confident in whatever you choose.
The heavy weight of the Sendero is perfect for a magnum chambering, that weight adds balance and soaks up some of the recoil. My 7mm Remington Magnum is 8.5 lbs, which is fine, but 9 lbs is better for some folks.
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