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I am loking for a rifel to hunt Elk, Mule Deer and Big Horn. I am tore between a 7mm Mag. or a 300 Mag. I am relocating to AZ from Illinois, we don't have much call for anything that big so I would like some input from others. Thanks...

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Both will work quite well. 

Both will work quite well.  The only advantage that the .300 would have is the ability to shoot heaver bullets but a 7mm with 165 grain bullets is a deadly combination on an elk. 

What are you shooting now?  A .270 or a .30-06 will work equally well. 

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Both will work quite well

Hey Thanks to everyone for there replies. Here in Illinios for deer i've been shooting a .50 cal Encore. The only other option is 12 ga slugs here. The fellas around home that go west for Elk(usally CO) swear by 300 Wheatherby Mag. There just aint no way that I could agree with them. I have in the past reload my own shells and have read quite a bit on the 7mag. Thanks again for confirming my choice. Honestly I would love to get settled in AZ and kill a great 6x6 with a bow, have a picture of it made into a 3ft by 4ft poster with a inscription at the bottem that just says "**** Colorado!", and send it back to IL....LOL!!!laugh

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This my start a fight.....

Well, first I'll welcome you to Arizona. Both of those are plenty of gun for your needs here, and I've shot both before. The .300 seemed to kick a bit for me, and in fact shooting a friends once got me beaned by the scope ring in the eyebrow by his; that can be avoided easily though with a better eye relief scope. My best hunting buddy uses the 7mm mag, and reloads for it too getting unreal shooting groups that impress the crap out of me. I don't own either one myself, usually opting for the 30-06 or 7mm-08 for Elk and Deer sized game, together with other calibers we own depending on our moods, ha ha.

I think if I were looking for more punch as it were, I might check out the newer shorter action magnum calibers first, but that's me.

You might try and go to a shooting range and see what people have that will let you try them out. If none around there, you could wait until you got here to try one of each. I've seen both around fairly often, with perhaps the edge going to the 7mm in numbers.

Take care.

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Both would be fine, if it

Both would be fine, if it were me I'd just flip a coin.

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Both will work as good as the

Both will work as good as the other. I'm a 300 fan so there is my answer but you could not go wrong with the 7mm either.

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I love my .308, buddy shoots .270, and brother shoots 300. You are not going to go wrong either way. My bro just sent his gun away to get a muzzlebreak, so he isnt so shy of the pounding. I can't wait to shoot it when it gets back.

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DEER , ELK RIFLE

DONT HAVE EITHER 300 OR 7MM BUT USE MY 30 06 WITH 165 GRAIN NOSLER BALLISTIC TIP FOR DEER, ANTELOPE AND CALIFORNIA BIGHORN AND DOES THE JOB. TOOK MY SHEEP AT 332 YDS AND WORK FINE. NEVER HUNTED ELK WITH IT BUT IF I DID i WOULD USE A 180 GRAIN BULLET. HAVE A .338 WIN MAG. AND HATE SHOOTING IT AT THE RANGE. KICKS A BIT MORE THAN I LIKE BUT HAVE TAKEN A COW ELK WITH IT. IF HAD TO HAVE ONE GUN I WOULD GET A 30-06. MORE OPTIONS FOR BULLETS AND LITTLE EASIER ON YOUR SHOULDER.

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I personally like a 30-06,

I personally like a 30-06, but out of your choices, I'd go with the 7mm Mag.

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which caliber use

I have 30.30, 270, 30.06 & 7mm personally i think the 7mm is a little big for here where I hunt I just got the 270 and have it shooting 7/16" group. I am going to Colorado with the 270 & 7mm the picture is a Idaho buck I killed with a 270 i borrowed not sure which gun I will use for my Elk Hunt yet.

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I love my 270 and believe it

I love my 270 and believe it has the gumbtion with handloaded proper bullets to take everything in North America save the big bears. Out of your options I'd take the 7mm though. My brother's is a long range masterpiece. 

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