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7mm vs. 30-06

Old 01-10-2006, 03:16 PM
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Default 7mm vs. 30-06

which caliber is better for all around big game hunting i will be hunting everything from deer, elk, sheep, moose, and bear
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Old 01-10-2006, 03:24 PM
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i'd go with the 7mm mag jmo. I like the 30-06 but I think the little extra would be to your benefit
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Old 01-10-2006, 03:33 PM
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Default RE: 7mm vs. 30-06

id go with the 06, u know something has to be good about it considering everybody compares other calibers to it all the time, its like the worldwide standard caliber people compare to lol. It would be more then capable of handling anything here in the U.S.

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Old 01-10-2006, 08:11 PM
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Default RE: 7mm vs. 30-06

I prefer the 7mmremmag since it offers a slightly flatter trajectory.
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Old 01-10-2006, 08:43 PM
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Default RE: 7mm vs. 30-06

I prefer the 7 mag. It is a little flatter. If you reload, you can taylor your own loads with either caliber.You would have more bullet choices with the 30-06. Both are very good choices. Good luck.
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Old 01-11-2006, 12:52 AM
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Default RE: 7mm vs. 30-06

Well, both will are very capable...unless you meant brown/grizzly when you said "bear". In that case I wouldn't want either to be at my side. I also think that "flatter" is a highly glorified concept that shouldn't play much role at all in choosing a round. I mean, if you want to choose a 7mm over a 45-70 because it shoots flatter thats one thing, but in calibers that are as close at the 7mm and -06 its a non-issue. Learn the drops and learn to shoot the gun. Now that I've said all that, I would choose the 30-06 for the larger (and heavier) bullets.
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Old 01-11-2006, 07:14 AM
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Default RE: 7mm vs. 30-06

Without hesitation, the 7mm MAGNUM. I can always load downor can load a heavy bullet if needed.
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Old 01-11-2006, 07:52 AM
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Default RE: 7mm vs. 30-06

I own rifles chambered in both of those cartridges. Over the years, going back to the mid 70's,I've owned more rifles chambered for the 7mm RM than any other single cartridge and no doubt have fired off more of these rounds than the others I've owned combined. So, I'm pretty familiar with it.

I thinksome folks tend to overestimate the potency of the 7mm Rem Mag.In the real world there's not a nickle's worth ofdifference between these two cartridges. They'll both get the job done real well.If it were me I'd probably choose the .30-06 becauseof the bullet weights available for it.

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Old 01-11-2006, 02:53 PM
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Default RE: 7mm vs. 30-06

When the 7 Mag was first introduced, there was an article in Field and Stream describing it as "shoots as flat as a .270 and hits as hard as a 30-06". I'm sure this is no less true today. But if you hunt in heavily wooded areas where 200 yards is a long shot, the extra bullet weight of the 30-06 could be a good thing. No contest when you start getting out there a distances approaching 400 yards, though.
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Old 01-11-2006, 07:23 PM
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Default RE: 7mm vs. 30-06

Unless you are shooting at animals past 300 yards you will never notice the differance in trajectory.

Giving them both a maximum of plus or minus a 3" trajectory and using Federals published velocities........

The 7mm Rem mag firing a 150 grain NBT at 3110 fps will have a zero range of 260 yards and be three inches low at 305 yards.

The 30-05 firing a 165 grains NBT at 2800 fps will have a zero range of 235 yards and be three inches low at 275 yards. At 305 yards it drops to 5.7 inches low.

So to 300 yards you basically gain 30 yards or 2.7 inches of flatter trajectory by choosing a 7mm Rem mag over the 30-06. Past this the 7mm Rem mag begins to shine.

The 30-06 is roughly the same distance low at 350 yards as the 7mm is at 400 yards.

AS far as terminal performance goes neither you nor the animals would be able to know the differance between the two.
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