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7mm vs. 300 Mag (Weatherby)

I am looking at purchasing a new rifle for moose and elk. I have used a 300 on a previous hunt, and found that I was scared to shoot it off the bench, but didn't really notice it in the field. I have been told that a 7mm is a much nicer gun to shoot, with similar capibilities. I am kind of leaning towards the 7mm in a Weatherby Ultra Lite. I just want to know if anyone has some feedback on this.

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7mm vs. 300 Mag (Weatherby)

Hi Kleena Kleene,

I have shot a 7mm weatherby a couple times and thought it was a nice rifle. Should be fine for elk, although I can't comment on moose since I have never hunted them.

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7mm vs. 300 Mag (Weatherby)

The 7mm weatherby should do just fine for moose, elk, anything in NA. One question I have is if you are recoil shy of the 300 weatherby, why buy an ultra-light 7mm weatherby? The ultra-light rifle will recoil more than a 300 WBY in a normal weight rifle. You are not going to reduce recoil that much anyway. A 7mm WBY is just a necked down 300 WBY. Any weatherby calibre is not recoil friendly, especially in an ultra-light rifle.

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7mm vs. 300 Mag (Weatherby)

I agree with golf. I own a Remington 700(of course) in .300 win mag, and I ported the barrel. Recoil is much more tolerable, it feels like a .270 now. The drawback is that the rifle is louder, however this may be an option.

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7mm vs. 300 Mag (Weatherby)

You should consider the 300 wsm or the 270 wsm. I have heard the the 300 wsm is a great gun (short-action). It would be great for deer, elk, and moose. The weatherby calibers are great but, it's always nice to try something new!

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Definitely sounds like a good candidate for the .300 WSM. More than adequate for moose and Elk, low recoil, high velocity. Now here's a question for the rest. I'm looking at purchasing the .300 Rem. Ultra Mag. . Can anyone comment.

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7mm vs. 300 Mag (Weatherby)

I have a Remington Sendero SF in 300 RUM and I love the calibre to say the least. It is very accurate and is not that bad to shoot either but that it a personal preference. So what do you want to know about it? Ask away.

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I own a Mk-5 Deluxe in 7 mag and it has good recoil to it. I would imagine in Ultra-lite you'll really feel the recoil.

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7mm vs. 300 Mag (Weatherby)

I have both the 7 and 300 Weatherbys in the accumark and the ultra-lite models. Recoil in the 300 is on the the heavy side with both models but the 7 is quite manageable. Due to an unscheduled surgery this past Nov. I am putting brakes on all of my rifles from 22-250 and up. The noise level will definately increase but the felt recoil on the shoulder will be much less. High score gunsmithing is doing the installing, they have a very good brake. The 300 Weath. will reduce to the recoil of a 270 win ( approx 19 lbs. recoil) while the 7mm Weath. will reduce to approx 12 lbs. ( 243 win range). This will be approx. the same reduction in both models. As far as the new WSM cartridges remember that the size of the brass does not determine the recoil, it is the bullet weight along with the velocity + the weight of the rifle that detemines the felt recoil. A 180 grain bullet from a 8 lb rifle at 2900 FPS will feel the same wether it is a 300 WSM or a 300 win mag. The new WSM's seem to be in light weight rifles most of the time also. Several friends have been telling me that the recoil is pretty hefty in the new cartridges as well.
just my 2 cents , good forum.
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7mm vs. 300 Mag (Weatherby)

Hello all. I am new to this forum. I do agree with chestergolf in that a ultralite 7mm will not save you much on recoil. However, the 7mm wby mag is not a necked down 300 wby mag. The 7mm wby is based on the 270 wby (Roy Weaterby's first cartridge)which is a shortened and blown out 300 H&H magnum with weatherby's signiture double radius shoulder. This case is used for the 257, 270, and 7mm wby mags. The 300 wby is based on the full length 300 H&H case which requires a longer action. This case is used for the 300 and 340 wby mags. The wby cartridges from 240 up to 7mm are not overly punishing at the range as most people believe due to weatherby's reputation. A friend of mine has a couple of rifles chambered for 270 wby mag and has used them successfully on elk in colorado. With well constructed, deep penetrating bullets such as Barnes X, this fast stepping cartridge has all the power one would need for moose and elk with considerably less recoil than the big 300's.

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7mm vs. 300 Mag (Weatherby)

in my opinion, both calibers will be plenty to take down a moose, but I have had gunsmiths tell me that there isn't all that much differece in a 300 mag and a 300 wby. mag performance wise. plus the 300 mag will be a lot cheaper to shoot unless you plan on reloading.

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