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#6894171 - 09/21/17 07:45 AM 7 Rem Mag
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Is a 7 Rem Mag overkill for Whitetail Hunting?

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#6894176 - 09/21/17 07:50 AM Re: 7 Rem Mag [Re: brian43]
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No

I like using the lighter 140 grain bullets though
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#6894178 - 09/21/17 07:52 AM Re: 7 Rem Mag [Re: brian43]
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No, you need at least a .340 Weatherby for the really big ones.

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It's unnecessary unless you're planning on shooting regularly at ranges over 300 yards, but, like the .30-06, it's a nice option for an all around rifle suitable for larger game like elk.
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#6894183 - 09/21/17 07:54 AM Re: 7 Rem Mag [Re: brian43]
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No, as long as you shoot it well.
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#6894189 - 09/21/17 08:00 AM Re: 7 Rem Mag [Re: brian43]
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Is it more than you need? Absolutely

Is it too much? No

I have a 300 wby and while I have shot white tails with it, it is not my go to white tail gun and I wouldn't buy it for that purpose, but that's just me.
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#6894190 - 09/21/17 08:01 AM Re: 7 Rem Mag [Re: brian43]
brian43 Offline
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Does it damage the meat more than a .30-06?

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#6894200 - 09/21/17 08:10 AM Re: 7 Rem Mag [Re: brian43]
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Meat damage is largely dependent on what part of the animal you shoot and what bullet design/style you use. A cup and core bullet like a corelock or power point or sierra gameking etc. will tear up a lot more meat than say a barnes x, hornady gmx, or similar. If you shoot them in the shoulder I would count on loosing a good portion of the shoulder, through the ribs you will loose some rib/flank which most don't use any way. Head/neck shot nothing lost but many do not like the shot.
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#6894201 - 09/21/17 08:11 AM Re: 7 Rem Mag [Re: brian43]
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Nope - I have a 7MM REM Ultra Mag that I carry sometimes (it's heavy) but it'll reach out at distance. But 7MM mag too much, not at all.

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#6894202 - 09/21/17 08:14 AM Re: 7 Rem Mag [Re: redchevy]
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Originally Posted By: redchevy
Meat damage is largely dependent on what part of the animal you shoot and what bullet design/style you use. A cup and core bullet like a corelock or power point or sierra gameking etc. will tear up a lot more meat than say a barnes x, hornady gmx, or similar. If you shoot them in the shoulder I would count on loosing a good portion of the shoulder, through the ribs you will loose some rib/flank which most don't use any way. Head/neck shot nothing lost but many do not like the shot.


This. Everything else being equal it will, but it all depends on bullet and placement. A .223 SP can damage a whole lot more meat than a 7mm Mag monometal.
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#6894205 - 09/21/17 08:15 AM Re: 7 Rem Mag [Re: brian43]
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Nope. I still shoot deer with the one I bought when I was 18 (42 years ago). The 7mag is one of the best rounds for all North American game.
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#6894221 - 09/21/17 08:22 AM Re: 7 Rem Mag [Re: brian43]
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No, if one can shoot it well without developing the flinches. Most can't.

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#6894258 - 09/21/17 08:50 AM Re: 7 Rem Mag [Re: brian43]
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I've used a 7mag for years hunting whitetail. Works perfect as long as you can shoot it well.

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#6894265 - 09/21/17 09:00 AM Re: 7 Rem Mag [Re: brucedonnovan]
brian43 Offline
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What do you mean shoot it well?

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#6894270 - 09/21/17 09:05 AM Re: 7 Rem Mag [Re: brian43]
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I have a 7 mag that I used a couple of times with a 150 or 165 grain bullet (cannot remember which grain bullet was a long time ago).
Shot 2 deer with it and switched back to my 270 with a 130 grain. It did to much damage to the meat for me.

Shoot with which ever gun your comfortable with up
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#6894278 - 09/21/17 09:16 AM Re: 7 Rem Mag [Re: brian43]
cameron00 Offline
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It actually probably damages meat less than some of the less powerful guns because it punches through really quickly.

I inadvertently loaded mine with some rounds I had bought for Nilgai hunting a couple of years ago. At just shy of 200 yards, I shot a doe and the exit wound was slightly bigger than a pencil eraser. Went right through her.

Don't get me wrong, she was just as dead as any other deer I've killed, but there wasn't much blood. Fortunately, she only went like 10 yards.

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