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Old 03-19-2015, 02:49 PM
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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, 03:13 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, 09:03 PM
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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, 12:31 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, 12:00 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, 02:31 AM
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I am also planning for hunting, but is in confusion for the selection of place.
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