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.30-06 or 7mm. Rem. Mag...Help me decide

Old 07-22-2008, 12:04 AM
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Default .30-06 or 7mm. Rem. Mag...Help me decide

I am currently "without rifle" and I'm looking to change that.
Got my choices narrowed down to 2 rifles.....and to 2 calibers. Either the ol'.30-06 or the 7mm. Rem. Mag.

I've used both calibers quite a bit, and they have both done very well on deer and hogs for me. I've also used a .270 with great luck, but I'm not sure if it fits what I'm looking for quite as well at the 06' or 7Mag.

I'm looking for an "all around" hunting rifle. Right now, that means deer and hogs. Hopefully, someday I'll get a chance to do a little elk and bear hunting. I've got a great amount of confidence in both the 06' and 7Mag.

Yeah, the 7mag has a little more muzzle blast and MAYBE a tad more recoil (I never could tell much difference between the 2) and the ammo is a little more expensive.......NO A PROBLEM

I was just hoping for some opinions from diehard users that might help me make up my mind.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 07-22-2008, 12:15 AM
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Default RE: .30-06 or 7mm. Rem. Mag...Help me decide

If I HAVE to pick from those two, I'd go with the 06. But if I had my choice (and I did) I'd go with the .280. It gives you much more versatility with bullet weights than the .270 which makes it very adequate for larger game such as elk. While at the same time, you can use lighter bullets for deer and hogs.

JMO, but definitely worth a look. Here's a picture of mine...

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Old 07-22-2008, 12:19 AM
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Default RE: .30-06 or 7mm. Rem. Mag...Help me decide

I personally prefer the WSM .270. It's a great all around gun and will kill anything you shoot. Since you have decided on something else though, I would lean towards the 7 mm in a WSM. Either would be a fine choice, but that 7 mm mag. WSM is a sweet gun. Almost as sweet as my Browning .270 WSM. Even if you don't go with the WSM, it's still a great gun.
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Old 07-22-2008, 02:37 AM
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Default RE: .30-06 or 7mm. Rem. Mag...Help me decide

I would go with the 30-06 ive had real good luck with mine.
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Old 07-22-2008, 03:08 AM
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Default RE: .30-06 or 7mm. Rem. Mag...Help me decide

I own both the 30-06 and the 7mm mag. To argue one over the other is like getting in a pissing match with a skunk. Ialso have beenreloading both for over 20 yearsso the I have become very familiar with the versitility and performance of each. I prefer my 7 mm mag though. This is simply due to the fact that it shoots alot flatter than the 06. I just feel a little more comfortable with the 7 mm mag at longer distances (a facter in hunting situations I face in the fall). Yes the 06 can do the job at 300 yards but I guess it is just personal preference. If I wasn't reloading and had to buy my ammo then I think I would choose the 06. The 06 has a greater choice of store bought ammo (plus a big price difference).
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Old 07-22-2008, 08:12 AM
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Default RE: .30-06 or 7mm. Rem. Mag...Help me decide

I personally would go with the 06, nothing wrong with a 7mm though. The 06 has way more factory loads available, way more bullet weight options and you'll find 06 ammo anywhere you go in the world even in Ma and Pa Kettles General Store.
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Old 07-22-2008, 08:16 AM
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Default RE: .30-06 or 7mm. Rem. Mag...Help me decide

I too have both and have zero preferance in the calibers. The gun configuration is the detrmaning factor. my 06 is 7 pounds my 7 mm is 11 so depending on what I am doing determines which I grab. Either one of them will be a dandy deer/hog gun. If I were wanting to mix coyotes in the mix I would go with a 308.
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Old 07-22-2008, 08:39 AM
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Default RE: .30-06 or 7mm. Rem. Mag...Help me decide

I don't think you can go wrong with either caliber. Personally, I would probably go with the 7mm mag if you plan on elk hunting.

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Old 07-22-2008, 09:14 AM
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Default RE: .30-06 or 7mm. Rem. Mag...Help me decide

I have had a lot of luck with my '06 when it comes to hunting out west. I also like the fact that the ammo is cheaper and you can put that little extra money towards another hunt.
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Old 07-22-2008, 09:54 AM
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Default RE: .30-06 or 7mm. Rem. Mag...Help me decide

both are great, I have a few .30-06 rifles.....more choices on rounds with the 06
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