I no longer use a 7mm mag and haven't for years. When I was tho, I tried about eery bullet I could find. Finally I setelled on the 160gr Speer bullet. It was plenty tuff enough and kept it's weight well. In hind sight, I think the 175gr bullet would have served as well. I wouldn't concider anything smaller than the 160gr for fear of bullet failure at 7mm mag velocities. That is on heavier game. The deer I shot with the 140 class bullet's got tore up pretty bad. One bear I shot with a 140gr Sierra I had to shoot again because the bullet didn't make the trip, it blew up just under the skin in the chest.
I'm not sure you really need even 160 and 175gr bullets other than to be sure the bullet's don't come apart up close. I've had the 160gr bullet completely penetrate several elk.
The goal of all hunters is a quick, humane kill where the animal drops in it's tracks and is dead within seconds. But in a pursuit that has as many variables as hunting, sometimes things don't quite go according to plan. However, game can be tracked and recovered with the right skills and with patience.
First of all, you need to wait the right amount of time after the shot before tracking a wounded animal. I've heard estimates of waiting 30 minutes for a hit in the vitals and 5-8 hours for a...