7mm Remington Magnum or 300 Winchester Magnum?
Let’s look at both of these calibres as they both offer the energy to reach out and deliver the certainty of a good clean kill at distance!
How do these belted magnums work in terms of the hunting package on offer?
The technical blah is good, but what really matters in the bush is how does it hold up hunting? That is, how the calibre works along with a rifle. Let’s look at a Remington 700 for firing these belted magnums.
Why not make a Remington 700, synthetic stock a part of your hunting package?
The design has been proven over time and has been manufactured for more than 50 years. This means that the Remington 700 you buy now has proven popularity and had all the bugs sorted. The Remington 700 also has a 26inch barrel as this length delivers better performance than a 24inch barrel in these magnums. Another important fact with a 700 is that the magazine is longer than other rifles on the market and the bolt throw sufficient to allow longer loads that work well with these belted magnums. This means the Remington 700 rifle handles bigger weight projectiles, which are longer. You can be assured with the 700 that the versatility of the belted magnums can be maximized, without annoying jams or feeding problems in the bush.
Certainty. Well in a nutshell shot placement matters but these belted magnums produce enough punch to make that hit a kill out at distance. Both of these magnums are built on the belted .375 H&H Magnum case.
The 7mm Remington Magnum does very well with a 160gr projectile but will also do well on 175gr. This caliber has a good range of factory ammo and hand loaders can choose from a wide range of projectiles. From close up to distance you can shoot accurately with a 700, in 7mm Rem Mag. It is a great medium game rifle so ideal for deer and those longer shots like thar.
The 300 Winchester Magnum is available with 180gr projectile but has not got a large factory loaded range of ammo. So if you are only shooting factory ammo 7mm Rem Mag might be best, see the ammo range at Reloaders. The 300 Winchester Magnum, being 30 caliber is a joy for hand loaders with a good range of projectiles at Reloaders and the 200-220gr projectile has a good energy punch down range, these projectile choices makes it suitable for medium and larger game.
There is very little difference in terms of bullet fall or drift between these calibers out to 300m. Both are flat shooting, of course the 300 Win Mag delivers a bigger energy punch thanks to heavier projectiles. Heavier projectiles mean the 30 cal. 300 Win Mag will have a bit more recoil as it generally is loaded with heavier projectiles and more powder than the 7mm Rem Mag.
There you have it! Thinking of a magnum caliber? Then go for a Remington 700 rifle from Reloaders. The next decision is between 7mm Rem Mag or 300 Win Mag both are great calibers. If I was shooting Wapiti at distance I would be happy with a 175gr 7mm Rem Mag or a 200gr 300 Win Mag!
Use the valuable experience of the Reloaders team. Go and have a yarn with the guys, discuss your kind of hunting and discuss the caliber that suits you.