- Aug 21, 2012
Is there much of a difference for Elk. Should I use a 270wsm or 7mm? Looking for a new rifle.
I've heard the 7mm needs a 26 inch barrel to reap the benefits. Is this true?
Either one. Pick the one that is chambered in a gun you want to carry up a mountain side. In the end, that will matter much more than all the other stuff.
+1. All the talk about 7mm bullets being superior to .277 bullets is true if you're talking long-range shots but I didn't see that in the OP's question, he just said he wanted to hunt elk. There's absolutely nothing wrong with a good 150 grain bullet out of a .270. And he can get a WSM in a nice, light package if that's what he wants. Elk hunting usually means long walks in the hills so IMHO, the package means more than the head stamp.
And I also can't agree with the unqualified statement that a 26" barrel is "better" than a 24" barrel. Better for what? Surely not better for carrying and handling. Better at getting an extra 100 fps if you're willing to carry the longer barrel.
Here is weight chart from Rem http://www.remington.com/products/firearms/centerfire/model-700/model-700-sps-stainless.aspx
their 26" barrel 7mag weight almost 3oz more than 24" barrel rifles.
I didn't realize the OP was limiting himself to Remington SPS's, did I miss something? That's not where I'd look for a lightweight rifle.
Here's a link to the specs for a Kimber .270 WSM, Well over a pound lighter than the Remington 26-inch barreleled 7 RM: