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Old 03-19-2015, 03:49 PM
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Default planning a hunt

So I am planning to go hunt antelope and mule deer. I have a Tika 7mm right now and was wondering if that is too big. If so what would you recommend?
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Old 03-19-2015, 04:13 PM
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With only 1 rifle I don't see a problem. Dead is dead. 260, 25-06, 243 for the goat might be ideal but the 7 certainly is great for the muley. Just sight in for the max yardage you are comfortable shooting.
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Old 03-19-2015, 10:03 PM
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Default Reloading is also an option

If you deside to take up reloading you can reduce your loads to something lighter if you don't need all that speed. Another option if you start going to a range for practicing someone might be willing to load for you. Just stay clear of the guys that are always trying to soup up a load higher than the manuals recommend.

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Old 03-20-2015, 01:31 PM
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"Which" 7mm? Performance is different between 7x57 or 7mm Rem Mag or 7mm STW or .... Use lighter bullets for antelope, medium-to-heavier bullets for mule deer.
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Old 03-28-2015, 01:00 PM
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I live in Montana and have hunted those animals for a long time. Any of the 7mms is adequate for antelope and muleys. I've killed more pronghorns and deer (whitetails and muleys) than I can count with a .280 Rem which is a 7mm. Don't worry about them being too powerful. In the west, shooting ranges could be a lot longer than you might be used to and wind plays a big factor - a heavier faster bullet can really help in these situations. But follow Hunting Man's advice and be sure you are shooting at a range that is comfortable for you. No rifle and caliber combination, no matter how powerful, can make you more effective than YOU are as a shooter. Good luck on your western hunt.

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Old 04-17-2015, 03:31 AM
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I am also planning for hunting, but is in confusion for the selection of place.
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