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    7x57 for UK stalking

    This may have been covered before, but I'd appreciate the views of those who have used a 7x57 for stalking in the UK. Having searched the Internet, views range from it being only suitable for use out to 100 yards on deer to it being the ideal calibre for plains game. Is it necessary to reload to get the best performance or is there some good factory ammunition out there? All the best, Rupert

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    A couple of years ago I hunted in Africa with a chap who had one and everything he shot at died just the same as a 308 or 270. It would be perfect for UK deer IMO.
    Tusker

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    Not a calibre I have shot with much personally,but it was very popular with my European clients for both Roe and hill Reds did the job adequately without any drama.

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    Do your research and you will soon find its the best all rounder, 140-175g partitions. 10-300yds, fox to largest deer species. Intelligent and classy stalkers pick the 7x57 on a Mauser 98

    There are two types of shooters - the fulfilled and successful ones - with a 7 X 57 and those poor souls who have not yet decided to get one!

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    Quote Originally Posted by PKL View Post
    Intelligent and classy stalkers pick the 7x57 on a Mauser 98
    And the rest of us dumbass plebians just struggle on with .308, .270, 6.5, .260, etc
    A Man should be wise, but never too wise. He who does not know his fate in advance is free of care

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    I still shoot a 30-06 and 6.5x55 for deer to be fair and hunted most of my life with .243. I love the guns so I take them all out, but the 7x57 is hands down the best all rounder and if I had to only own one gun and hunt for anything I'd pick that. A north fork cps would sort most DG even

    There are two types of shooters - the fulfilled and successful ones - with a 7 X 57 and those poor souls who have not yet decided to get one!

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    I loved mine, excellent calibre, easy to shoot, reload for and accurate. Of course there are people who have never shot one who will tell you with great authority they are rubbish .

    John
    A clever man knows his strengths, a wise man knows his weaknesses

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    Quote Originally Posted by Woodsmoke View Post
    And the rest of us dumbass plebians just struggle on with .308, .270, 6.5, .260, etc
    Another happy pleb here

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    Quote Originally Posted by JAYB View Post
    ................Of course there are people who have never shot one who will tell you with great authority they are rubbish .

    John
    Don't think that is just applicable to the 7x57 John!!!!

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    7x57 is just avery nicely balanced easy shooting cartridge. The original load was a long 173gn bullet at 2400 fps, then Rigby took the base cartidge and loaded it with a 140 gn bullet at 2800 fps and called it the 275 Rigby. Most factory loads are a 140 gn at c 2600 / 2650 fps. In my cabinet is a Rigby from the early 1970's. It was the owners rifle on a Scottish stalking estate and its accounted for several hundred red and sika. Its been passed to me by his son. I haven't used it a lot yet, but I have tried several different brands of ammo - I was given a mixed lot of ammo and it all shots pretty much to point of aim at 100 and all within an iPhone sized group. It likes the green box Remington and that groups well within an inch. I have used a 7x65r for many years with a 139gn Hornady softpoint at c 2600 fps. Terminal effect is not spectacular, rather deer are just knocked straight over with a good size entry and exit wound that eat right up to.

    7x57 is also very comfortable to shoot, indeed much nicer than even a 243. Its a nice gentle push, rather than a snappy jab of a 243/308 or other high pressure cartridge.

    If you want it fast and flat shooting then RWS do a 123 gn load that is flat shooting which if sighted 4 cm high at 100m, is only 2.6cm low at 200 and 13 cm at 250.

    Hornady do two loads - a 275 Rigby with the 139gn soft point bullet at 2680 - sight it 2" high at 100, zero at 200, 9" low at 300. And 139 gn SST Superformance which is 2760 fps, and 8" low at 300.

    Fundamentally sight it a bit high at 100, and put cross hair in middle of shoulder and squeeze. If it is getting a long way out hold a wee but higher.

    The only downside of the 7x57 is it seems to have lost popularity as its getting on for 120 year old cartridge. Ammo is reasonably available, so are rifles, but you do have to shop around a bit / think ahead. I am surprised it has fallen out of favour because it is pretty nice cartridge.

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