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Thread: 7mm rem magnum - what is it?!?

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    7mm rem magnum - what is it?!?

    Hi all - I have been looking for a husqvarna 1900 (just because that's all I ever want in a rifle) in 270 for the hill. I have a 243 and 6.5x55 in the same that are clinically accurate, but fancy a big boomer for my hill trips, usually taking the 243 at the moment.

    I have found a husky in 7mm rem mag - is it going to be a similar thing, fairly flat shooter etc? And what is the availability of factory ammo? I could get a lee loader and get into it, but that's as far as I would want to go with re loading.

    answers on a postcard please!

    thanks ES

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    Google is your friend......
    7 Rem mag a good deal more powerful than your current line up.
    Ammo will be more expensive than the standard 243,270,308, 30-06 suspects.
    Likewise reloading, will burn more powder and demand better quality bullets.

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    I had one, kicked like a mule...very powerful and flat shooting though if that's what you're looking for. As Border says, you will need to run bonded bullets or solid copper as the velocity will break up normal round nose or ballistic tips.
    So much to learn and so little time left

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    Quote Originally Posted by NigelM View Post
    I had one, kicked like a mule...very powerful and flat shooting though if that's what you're looking for. As Border says, you will need to run bonded bullets or solid copper as the velocity will break up normal round nose or ballistic tips.
    Certainly not been my experience, I use it for reds and wild boar, they don't get up afterwards!
    TonyC

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    "you will need to run bonded bullets or solid copper as the velocity will break up normal round nose or ballistic tips"

    Are you quite sure about that? I have been shooting a 7mm Rem Mag for years and just load regular off the shelf ProHunters or Hornady bullets. Not solid copper or special core-inter locked stuff at 3000 fps over the chrono and they've be magic. I have also loaded some STTs. They were fine too. I have to be honest and say I've never heard of 7mm RM rounds breaking up. Not saying they don't - just that I've never heard of it. Perhaps that is dependant on the twist rate of the rifling, as velocity alone isn't going to do that; it's the rate at which it's spinning. Perhaps I don't push them fast enough.

    It's great round and I find it perfectly acceptable to shoot. Milder than a .270 I'd say.

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    Possibly just me being a wimp...

    Certainly right that nothing goes very far afterwards.
    So much to learn and so little time left

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    The recoil isn't as bad as some say but it's more than your average calibers (.308) for example it certainly kills well but so do most Iv got one don't use it as much as others but if long range is your thing it's perfect and factory ammo is stupidly expensive but if you reload you'll certainly get the best from it

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    I think that to a degree, recoil does depend on how frequently you visit the pie shop. I drop in regulalry I'm afraid and rarely notice recoil, even on my .300 WM.

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    Fulsome praise for the cartridge here:
    http://www.ballisticstudies.com/Know...on+Magnum.html

    Stacks of loading options - assuming you can get the bullets.

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    Good choice for the hill. It usually gives up a bit of mag capacity to the .270, but can run heavier bullets more efficiently. I've settled on running 162gn SST over RE25 @ 2950fps, the bullets can break up a bit at closer ranges (still very lethal, pick your shot placement) but perform very well at distance, no free lunch!
    I have run monolithics extensively and would not use them by choice.
    availabilty of ammunition hasn't been a problem, usually managed a decent discount on bulk factory ammo.

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