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Old 08-14-2012, 12:30 PM   #1
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Anybody shoot a 7 mm mag ? I know it a great caliber for long range and big game but what are your thought on using it in our woods for whitetail ? Any experiences knocking one down at close distance. I'm thinking there would be too much damage and not recommended. WHat are your thoughts?
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Old 08-14-2012, 12:40 PM   #2
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I've shot FL. Deer and close range and far(for FL -200yds) and it knocks the dog crap out of 'em..I like the ballistic silver tips personally..its a 270 on steroids
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Old 08-14-2012, 12:51 PM   #3
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Too much kick for nearly the same performance as the .270 and the bullets cost 2x as much, plus are a heck of a lot harder to find if you forget your ammo when you go to the deer woods. I have two 7mm's and used to hunt with them in my early 20's. Seemed like I was always trailing deer in those days too... I now use a .270 religiously, but hunted nealy 15 yrs with a 300 Win Mag before that.
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Old 08-14-2012, 12:55 PM   #4
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That and sticks are all I have ever used. It isn't too much damage at all. But it is a long barrel (Winchester 70) so climbing around in thick brush can be a challenge. I once shot a rabbit at 10 yards, in the head, out the azz, every bit of good meat (all the quarters) was intact and we ate it.
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I have one and love it. With a kick pad it has less recoil than my .270. It makes me feel like I am shooting a laser They make some scaled down rounds for it for shooting whitetail... 130 grains I think and reduced recoil powder.
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I GOT A 700BDL 7MM REM MAG last season and love it. Tried out my buddies' gun first....(same type) ....took out a coyote and a nice doe at 150-200 yds. Very nice knockdown power....doe had a little damage due to me putting the shot through the shoulder , but it was pretty contained.....coyote DID have quite a hole through him and hit the ground like he had been hit by a truck......you only feel it kick at the range....and I reload for accuracy....so I would NOT forget the ammo, even though you can get it at Walmart in several different brands.
I like that it is rated for larger game, and I load a 150gr bullet for general purpose.....runs at 2950ft/per second.
NOWORYS was both now and I'm sure you could ask him which he likes best after this season is over.
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I've got a Mossberg 4x4 7mag, for being in the $400-500 price range this thing is amazing! 50-120yds I've never missed a headshot.
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Seems like every year this topic comes up about larger caliber guns. Yes there are people that claim to have killed deer with a 22 mag, big deal. The other comment that is popular is "you dont need a 7mag to kill a deer around here" whatever thats suppossed to mean. We have deer around here that are 200 plus lbs. No they are not a dime a dozen but they are here. I lost the biggest buck i have ever taken a shot at about 5 years ago with a 7mm magnum. Pretty dang good shot in the shoulder at 160 yards too. I say shoot whatever you are comfortable and confident with. If you plan owning 1 huntinging rifle, i say the bigger the better. You never know when you will have the opportunity to gun hunt a larger animal than a white tail "around here". Good luck this year.
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I've got a Mossberg 4x4 7mag, for being in the $400-500 price range this thing is amazing! 50-120yds I've never missed a headshot.
What ya shooting in the head ?
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Old 08-14-2012, 04:24 PM   #10
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I love my 7mag awesome gun
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