The 7mm short magnums and 7mm Remington Ultra-Mag were not included because they duplicate at least one, or more, tested cartridge’s performance. Checkering on the stock helps give the shooter a better grip on the rifle, while the recoil pad helps with recoil. Use a high-proof bourbon if you plan to flame the pan sauce, in order to burn off the alcohol. Chart illustrates MPBR for a 10-inch kill box. The end result was a 7mm cartridge with about the same overall length as the .308 Win. You don’t have to wait for the rut to punch your tag. The 7mm-08 is based on the venerable .308 Winchester’s case. Such rifles are not what you’d want to take along on a mountain goat hunt above 10,000 feet or drag around for days on end in Africa’s savannah heat. It was initially somewhat falsely advertised as “the first modern 7mm round designed for use in short-action rifles.” (The .284 Winchester, introduced in 1963, came on the scene almost two decades earlier.) 6) 7mm Shooting Times Westerner (STW): Back in 1979, noted gun writer Layne Simpson tried something new: necking down the then-new 8mm Rem. The biggest problems five out of the six have are ammunition availability and barrel wear. This included several bull elk and a pair of Alaskan interior grizzly bears. The barrel also has fluting cuts for enhanced mobility and cooling from shot to shot. Barrel life for all, except the 7mm Rem. Mag. Nothing against the magnums here, but if I must put up with their recoil levels, I’ll go with a .30, .338, or .375 caliber for the wider wound channels they create (uh-oh, here come the 7mm fan boys). but with a wider body that yields a powder capacity about the same as that of the .270 Winchester and .280 Remington. All the cartridges which could accept the 175 gr. Made from stainless steel, the action also receives a black Cerakote treatment which further enhances durability and wear-resistance. is still the best 7mm magnum for hunting. LJ Bonham is a semi-subsistence hunter, hunting magazine editor, and firearms enthusiast who lives in the Rocky Mountains. The cartridge combines the ability to be chambered in lightweight, short-action rifles, modest recoil. Mag. Recoil is modest, meaning most all people can shoot it well. 160 gr. Despite all the hype about 6.5mm cartridges these days, the 7mm class is still strong. Its greatest drawback is limited ammunition selection and availability. A full-length picatinny rail along the top of the receiver allows for mounting of a variety of optics, including night vision attachments. 175 gr. If you are looking to get one of these great rifles, you should be much better prepared after reading this article. I am hard pressed to believe any claims that Remington has solved their quality issues. So many things must be put into consideration when choosing a gun like the 7mm mag. Developed in the 1940s by Roy Weatherby, nearly 20 years before the popular 7mm Rem. With a muzzle velocity of just under 2,700 fps with the 140-grain bullet, the trajectory is excellent, making this fine little cartridge a superb deer/pronghorn round. But the only thing is that there are many 7mm rem mags on the market, so making the right choice is quite dicey. : The 7mm RUM. That rifle/load combination accounted for an almost embarrassing amount of big-game animals. The Magpul stock provides a comfortable, stable and adjustable fit for the user. This round shocked the military world. A more traditional wooden-stocked 9.0 pound rifle served as the platform for the magnums. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Ballistics: The science of the motion of projectiles, such as bullets or pellets. Mag. They come equipped with AAC muzzle brakes that are instantly ready to accept a suppressor without removal or modification. (which fits the much more common and less expensive standard length action) and call it good. The optic is not included in this product. In short, the XCR excels at durability in extreme conditions. Out of these cookies, the cookies that are categorized as necessary are stored on your browser as they are essential for the working of basic functionalities of the website. The less recoil, the more accurate the shooter, and hence, the more effective the cartridge. On the other hand, you probably won’t want to lug it around the woods with you. Hand loaders can achieve much better performance in many instances. The 7mm STW is a super long-range deer/elk round. And when loaded with the standard 140-grain bullet, it offers plenty of “pop” to take the largest deer or black bears cleanly and quickly. When it’s all said and done, it's hard to argue with the 7mm cartridges for general all-around North American big-game hunting. Lightweight and solid construction make it a great carry weapon. Mag. To reflect this reality, I tested these cartridges’ performance with both standard hunting bullets and low-drag, frangible long-range bullets. The 28 Nosler is so new, the ammunition companies have not yet caught up with it. In its current design, the belted 7mm Rem. All calculations for normal hunting (inside 400 yards) were based on either the most suitable Nosler AccuBond™ bullet or the 175 grain Nosler Partition™. was introduced by Remington in 1962 at the same the company replaced its Model 721, 722, and 725 bolt action rifles with the new Model 700 series. and large game (1500 ft-lbs), and the minimum velocity most hunting bullets require for reliable expansion (1800 fps). To be honest, this rifle wouldn’t make our list of best use hunting rifles for several reasons. SAUM — was Remington’s entry into the then-new world of short magnums. There’s a reason 7x57 Mauser shooters go around with smiles on their faces—they know something other hunters don’t. The 7mm Weatherby has the same recoil as a .300 Winchester Magnum, and many shooters can’t come to grips with it. However, it has failed to gain the same popularity as the other cartridges in the WSM family, notably the .300 WSM and .270 WSM. It will kick you a bit though! Threads machined into the barrel allow the user to quickly attach accessories such as a flash hider, muzzle brake, or even a silencer. The much more popular .270 Winchester performs similar to the .280. It’s a dream to shoot and the ballistic differences between it and the 7mm Rem are academic. 175 gr. Mag. Remington Model 700. would serve you well no matter where you hunted. These 10 “Magnificent Sevens” are today’s classics. In addition, at the end of its short barrel you’ll find a threaded muzzle and thread protector. Mag., the 7mm Wby. In this test, it’s obvious the magnums have the edge in raw power and reach, but it comes at a cost. This model also features standard-factory cartridge hence the increase in popularity. The 7mm Rem Mag produces high power but at a recoil level that hunters can either tolerate or learn to tolerate. Additionally, the larger cases limit the magazine capacity to only 3 rounds. Please enable JavaScript to view the comments. Nosler developed this cartridge to equal or exceed both the 7mm Weatherby and 7mm Remington Ultra-Mag plus fit into a .30-06-length action. Designed for varmint shooting, the Remington 700 SPS Varmint has many features geared towards precision. The metal parts on the rifle receive a black Cerakote treatment to protect the rifle from rough handling and corrosion. Though not as popular as several other Wby. He introduced the new cartridge to the world in the May 1989 issue of Shooting Times magazine. The SPS Varmint will produce great results from a bench, truck bed or other stable shooting platform. In addition, the stock features a hook on bottom for your support hand to stabilize the rifle when shooting from a bench. Partition (.519 BC/.310 SD) at 2860 fps. While it is a fine cartridge, the article focused on mass-produced rounds, not wild cats which comprise a very small percentage of the market. However, it does it in a lighter, shorter, fast-handling rifle while burning less powder. The .280 is essentially a .30-06 case necked down to 7mm, though it has a slightly different shoulder location and can not be chambered in either a .270 or .30-06. The round has proven to be very accurate, doesn’t seem to kick a lot considering the velocity and energy delivered, and has an extremely flat trajectory. Today, hunters can load the 7x57 with bullets ranging from 110 to 175 grains. Like the Weatherby, you may struggle to find ammo in remote areas. If you can manage a solid thump on the shoulder every time you fire it, this premier 7mm will reward you with fantastic accuracy and let you hit large game at extreme ranges. In its current design, the belted 7mm Rem. From 1979 to 1980, Remington called the cartridge the 7mm Express Remington in an effort to spur sales, riding the wave of 7mm craze overtaking hunters at the time. Plus, they make wider wound channels than smaller bore sizes. In the 7mm’s case, the 175 grain Partition is unique among Nosler’s bullets. The 7mm proved fertile ground during this era. The “Sevens’ are divided in power between non-magnums and magnums. There’s been much written about the 7mm Rem. Being a good quality product doesn’t mean it should weigh massively. The price of the 7mm mag firearm defers from one product to the other. These 10 “Magnificent Sevens” are my all-time favorites. Finally, this rifle has something that others don’t from the factory. When you’re shooting long strings of fire, the accumulated heat can change where the bullets impact. It has the least recoil, reaches far beyond any range I’d care to shoot, and ammunition is available in any gun shop around the globe. With some exceptions, interest in the bore size waned after World War Two, but regained traction with American shooters in the late 20th century. Forced to pick a magnum from this test, I’d stick with the ever popular 7mm Rem.