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#6088476 - 12/16/15 08:51 PM What's the best 7mm Cartridge?
ltsheets Offline
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So I've decided that the next rifle I have built will be 7mm variant. I'm leaning 28 Nosler, 7mm STW, or a good ole 7mm mag. I'm open to any and all suggestions. It will be for both steel shooting out to 1000+ yards and hunting. I just want to hear any and all opinions of the pros and cons of any 7mm cartridges you guys like. Thanks in advance.

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#6088499 - 12/16/15 08:59 PM Re: What's the best 7mm Cartridge? [Re: ltsheets]
Revoman Offline
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28 Nosler will be my next. Have a 280 but sure hankering for the 28, dang sure don't need it. Montana Rifles are building them in an all stainless hunting rifle.
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#6088510 - 12/16/15 09:02 PM Re: What's the best 7mm Cartridge? [Re: ltsheets]
caddokiller Offline
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Do you reload? How heavy will the rifle be?
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#6088530 - 12/16/15 09:08 PM Re: What's the best 7mm Cartridge? [Re: ltsheets]
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Every one of them will do what you want to do. I love my custom 7 Rem Mag shooting 180 Bergers. If I were building a new rifle today I would look seriously at the 28 Nosler, simply because of case geometry. I wouldn't be surprised of it has the lowest ES of all of them.
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#6088575 - 12/16/15 09:25 PM Re: What's the best 7mm Cartridge? [Re: ltsheets]
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.284 Winchester for me.

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#6088676 - 12/16/15 10:03 PM Re: What's the best 7mm Cartridge? [Re: ltsheets]
kmon1 Offline
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All good choices listed and would throw in the 280AI, surprised the member that chose that as their name didn't recommend it.

Have had the STW and though it is a good round somewhat limited brass supply would have me thinking about it for a new purchase.

In wildcats the 300win mag necked down Is a good one. But the old 7mm RM has been getting it done for a long time
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#6088683 - 12/16/15 10:11 PM Re: What's the best 7mm Cartridge? [Re: ltsheets]
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I loathe long actions so 7mm-08 and .284 get my vote w a 168
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#6088689 - 12/16/15 10:17 PM Re: What's the best 7mm Cartridge? [Re: SingleShot85]
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Can't hold as much powder in a short action. grin

Day to day I carry one of the short actions. But when the need arises I am happy to break out the 7 Rem Mag. Pushing a 180 gr north of 3k tends to mean cycling is no hurry, because one shot and it's over. But when I do hit steel with it emptying a full mag, I notice a fraction of a second more cycling time. I'll never understand loathing a long action.
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#6088710 - 12/16/15 10:42 PM Re: What's the best 7mm Cartridge? [Re: ltsheets]
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7mm-08
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#6088713 - 12/16/15 10:45 PM Re: What's the best 7mm Cartridge? [Re: ltsheets]
Dien Offline
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I'm getting a 7/300 Norma Mag improved made. Should sling the new Bergers around 3200fps banana

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#6088735 - 12/16/15 11:10 PM Re: What's the best 7mm Cartridge? [Re: ltsheets]
ltsheets Offline
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Yes I reload and my target bare rifle weight would likely be 8-8.5lbs so the total weight scoped would be about 10 lbs or less for when I want to carry it hunting.

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#6088739 - 12/16/15 11:19 PM Re: What's the best 7mm Cartridge? [Re: ltsheets]
Sneaky Offline
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7 Allen Mag.

But in a more practical rig, I would go with a 28 Nosler. I have and love an STW, but i think the Nosler ought to be close in performance and a bit better in other areas.
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#6088746 - 12/16/15 11:53 PM Re: What's the best 7mm Cartridge? [Re: FiremanJG]
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Originally Posted By: FiremanJG
Can't hold as much powder in a short action. grin

Day to day I carry one of the short actions. But when the need arises I am happy to break out the 7 Rem Mag. Pushing a 180 gr north of 3k tends to mean cycling is no hurry, because one shot and it's over. But when I do hit steel with it emptying a full mag, I notice a fraction of a second more cycling time. I'll never understand loathing a long action.


I don't get it, either. There's a price to pay for performance, and I'll gladly pay it. In respect to the length of an action, it's hardly any sacrifice.
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#6088791 - 12/17/15 05:08 AM Re: What's the best 7mm Cartridge? [Re: ltsheets]
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Is the 7mm RUM obsolete now?
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#6088821 - 12/17/15 06:09 AM Re: What's the best 7mm Cartridge? [Re: ltsheets]
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For what you listed the 7mm-08 will be perfectly fine. If you plan on shooting a lot the majority of the la rounds are going to be hard on the barrel.
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