7mm vs 300 win mag

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Recently picked up a Tikka roughtech 300 win with a Swaro scope for $1000. Thinking I want to sell the Tikka for a Tikka 7mm rem. I hunt antelope doe-elk mostly. If I kept the 300, what bullet weight would you use for those animals in the 300? Or would you trade it in and get a 7mm rem?
 

D S 319

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168 or 180 whichever shot better out of it at my distances!
 

Runningwater

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180 is kind of the standard for a factory twist 300WM. 7mm mag might be slightly advantageous for what your main targets are in less recoil. The animals won't know the difference! I probably wouldn't go belted mag at all for pronghorn and cow elk - but there's nothing wrong with it if that's what you like to shoot.
 

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I run custom loads out of my 300 from unknown munitions with 200lrx’s @ 3026-3032fps. If I could do it all over again knowing my max ethics is 600yds then I’d choose to do the 175lrx. If factory loads are your thing. You’d have to see what the gun likes and 180s are the standard. As for trading for a 7mm. I’m a 30caliber guy but you would have less recoil if that is a concern. The 7mm is a fine cartridge if that is your round of choice, awesome. If not I don’t think most animals would know the difference between the two.
 

kevin11mee

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Both are excellent cartridges. I personally prefer shooting 200 grain bullets from my .300 win mag but I've shot as light as 150. In my opinion, the .300 Win mag is like the 12ga shotgun; versatile and great for everything.
 

Bowhuntone

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Either will work I use 300 win mag with 215 bergers but have also used 180 accubonds
 

Jon Boy

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Go 300 win or jump down to a 7/08, 270, 308, 30/06 etc never saw anything the 7 mag could do that my 7/08 or 284s couldn't with far less recoil and powder. The 300 winny just kills different but comes with a recoil and powder use that I don't like. This is all if you hand load of course.

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EcoastDG

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I have Tikkas in 300 win, 7 Rem Mag, and 7mm-08. If recoil isn’t an issue or you if use a suppressor or muzzle brake, the 300 win is hard to beat for utility. As stated before, it’s like the twelve gauge of rifle calibers.
Sounds like you already have a sweet setup. I’ve been shooting 205 Berger Elites from Unknown Munitions and 180 accubonds with good results.
 

RadDad

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I have a 7 REM Mag and absolutely love it. That’s said, the 300 Win is a great all around gun. Probably a little overkill for what you hunt now, but what about in the future? Always good to have a caliber you can grow into rather than be limited by. Plus, then you have an excuse to get a rifle chambered in something lighter down the road. :)

Not sure if you have a break on the Tikka? A buddy has the Hunter in 300 Win and it came without a break. It kicked like a mule so he has a local smith mill him some threads and put a break on. World of difference there. Also, fyi, he took a pronghorn last year with that same rifle. Clean shot to the vitals with no real meat damage to speak of.

-RadDad
 

Mulyhuntr

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I'd go 6.5 creed if you don't reload. Will kill both critters you intend to hunt with low recoil and easy to find ammo.
 
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