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7mm magnum

hi im new to this site, but i am getting my first ever hunting rifle and iv been researching the 7mm magnum savage i was wondering if anybody could give me some pros and cons of the rifle its self and the round also i was wondering what grain i keep hearing 160 gr but i wanted to make sure so if anybody could help out it would much appreciated thanks

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when you buy the gun buy yourself a couple boxes of different grain size and shoot them see which ones you like best. What works best for some one else may not work for you or what you want them to do.

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7mm magnum

what brands would you suggest? are there any i should avoid?

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Welcome to the site!

I think that your going to find that the 7mm mag will be some what more sensative to the type of bullet you shoot. Where a standard cup and core bullet would preform well in say a 7-08 it might not in the 7mm mag due to increased velocity. The 160gr class bullet was my favorite in the 7mm mag when I used one because it held together better than the lighter bullets. With the new X type bullets, now the lighter bullets will work at mag velocities the cost being higher cost. Premium type bullets cost about twice what cup and core cost. The advantage down range at typical hunting ranges isn't anything to write home about. The advantage to the magnum seem's to me to be it's abitily to handle the heavier bullet's well. That being 160gr and up. Another down side is the magnms all have more recoil than standard cartridges.

The savage has to be the most controversile rifles going. You either hate them or love them. In truth they are a well made rifle that are not likely to be concidered an heirloom any time soon. But then if that's why your buying a rifle, you may well be disapointed in the end.

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I have a browning 7MM MAG, I use 175 grain most times. It has the knock down power that I like. It has taken elk at over 500 yrds.

It also has the B.O.S.S. system on the barrel, really helps tighten up the long range grouping.

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wiskey, how do you like to boss, ive got the 325 and dont have it an wasnt sure if it was really worth it or not

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I like it...takes a little tinkering to get it set just right, but once ya got it dialed in it took my shot group at 250yrds and cut it down by a 1/4 I'ld say, With out actually digging out old targets and measuring ( havnt shot rifle in over year...sighs)

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someone told me you can actually send it to browning and have it done I havent checked into it an further than that though

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yes ya can...give them the type of amo you will be shooting, and distance you want it "zeroed' at. Only thing is, your stuck with that wieght unless you want to do it your self next time.

There is a small leaflet that came with rifle that tells exactly how to dial it in, and a tiny "pen wrench" to tighen the wieghts down where ya want em.

when I frist got rifle, took me 2 full days of shooting to get it where I wanted...was checking different bullet types. Now its a matter of a day to tighten each year for elk, but thats more me then the gun Didnt go this year so havnt had it out yet this year :(

I shoot Remington 175 grain, with a tight group at 250yrds. Have shot the 165, need to re-adjust the boss system. Have even played around with a re-load sabot 60 grain. that was scary fun Evil!

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