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#5596871 - 02/12/15 08:08 PM 7mm mag
eddie4529 Offline
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Registered: 06/21/13
Posts: 350
Loc: fort worth, texas, 76111
Getting a rifle in 7mm mag any suggestions, was looking at a thompson center venture but just wanna see what other guns are out there

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#5596882 - 02/12/15 08:12 PM Re: 7mm mag [Re: eddie4529]
6.5x47Lapua Offline
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Let us know a price range. If you can take the recoil, a tikka t3 isn't a bad factory rifle.

All depends on what you want to do with said rifle.

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#5596925 - 02/12/15 08:27 PM Re: 7mm mag [Re: 6.5x47Lapua]
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Originally Posted By: 6.5x47Lapua
Let us know a price range. If you can take the recoil, a tikka t3 isn't a bad factory rifle.

All depends on what you want to do with said rifle.


+1 on the Tikka.

I hope you'll hand load for it. It will run a 168 gr. It might run a 180 gr and that big sucker is stout medicine atop a full load of Retumbo.
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#5597014 - 02/12/15 09:10 PM Re: 7mm mag [Re: eddie4529]
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Most accurate out of the box sub-$500 rifle I have had is a Thompson Center Venture. I have more expensive rifles that have had a lot of work done to them to just barely shoot better than it. Maybe I got lucky, but I like it,

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#5597071 - 02/12/15 09:36 PM Re: 7mm mag [Re: Chuck McDonald]
kmon1 Offline
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Originally Posted By: Chuck McDonald
Most accurate out of the box sub-$500 rifle I have had is a Thompson Center Venture. I have more expensive rifles that have had a lot of work done to them to just barely shoot better than it. Maybe I got lucky, but I like it,


Chuck, I do not think that is a fluke at all. TC Ventures will shoot.
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#5597109 - 02/12/15 09:52 PM Re: 7mm mag [Re: kmon1]
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Originally Posted By: kmon1
Originally Posted By: Chuck McDonald
Most accurate out of the box sub-$500 rifle I have had is a Thompson Center Venture. I have more expensive rifles that have had a lot of work done to them to just barely shoot better than it. Maybe I got lucky, but I like it,


Chuck, I do not think that is a fluke at all. TC Ventures will shoot.


TC Icons too. RIP. Best factory bolt action I have ever owned.

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#5597270 - 02/13/15 02:28 AM Re: 7mm mag [Re: eddie4529]
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Not being negative at all but if you are an amateur as your title suggest maybe you should shoot a 7 mag before buying one. Many people myself included find the 7 mag unpleasant and will not practice as much as they should.

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#5597490 - 02/13/15 08:28 AM Re: 7mm mag [Re: eddie4529]
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TC ventures are a good factory rifle. You will be happy with them, regardless of what caliber you decide to get

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#5598290 - 02/13/15 05:34 PM Re: 7mm mag [Re: eddie4529]
eddie4529 Offline
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Registered: 06/21/13
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Loc: fort worth, texas, 76111
Recoil is not a problem friend of mine has a 300 win mag

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#5598348 - 02/13/15 06:18 PM Re: 7mm mag [Re: eddie4529]
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popcorn

How tall are you?


Edited by Brother in-law (02/13/15 06:19 PM)

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#5598358 - 02/13/15 06:28 PM Re: 7mm mag [Re: eddie4529]
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#5598443 - 02/13/15 07:17 PM Re: 7mm mag [Re: eddie4529]
Tff caribou Offline
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What do you plan to hunt? 7mm mag is probably overkill if you are hunting in Texas. It ain't what you shoot, it's how you shoot.
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#5598606 - 02/13/15 09:12 PM Re: 7mm mag [Re: eddie4529]
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Why is a 7 mag overkill. The last 4 deer I have killed in the hill country have been with it. The deer have expired quickly and contrary to popular belief they did not explode when I shot them. I have also experienced nearly zero meat loss. Howa 7mm Mag with either 120gr Barnes TTSX or Nosler 160 gr Accubounds.

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#5598625 - 02/13/15 09:21 PM Re: 7mm mag [Re: eddie4529]
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How fast is a 120 gr 7 mag?

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#5599012 - 02/14/15 07:44 AM Re: 7mm mag [Re: Chuck McDonald]
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"Overkill" = more than needed.

A 257, 243, or 25/06 with the right bullets will have exactly the same effect. The 7mag will work fine. Just has more recoil , noise, and generally more rifle weight. But the good part is that we each get to use what we like and enjoy.

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