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Or if you have another suggestion for a 7mm rem mag that would be appreciative. I would like to stay in the same price range though with a 26' barrel.
 

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26" barrel is a lot of barrel and you may of wished that you got something shorter. However, I would vote for the Browning just slightly over the Win model.
 

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My guess is the extra barrel length will only net you 100-150 fps but the trade off is a much easier handling rifle especially if used out west in the mountains where every ounce reduced is a bonus. My Weatherby's have the 26" barrels and I just don't care for them. Maybe if I was just sitting in a blind but to carry through the woods, not for me. Good luck on your purchase!
 

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I would double check on their Company websites...

I always thought that the default barrel length for both magnum Winchesters and Brownings was 24 inches. Weatherby was always the weirdo with LONG 26 inch barrels. The Ruger Number 1s were always special in that they had 26 inch barrels but the same overall length due to the short action length.

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Wrong again, oh well

I went and checked their Company websites and the 7mm Mags are equipted with 26 inch barrels. I really wouldn't want to be carrying them through the woods that I hunt. I guess they are trying to get all the speed they can out of the cartridge.

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I always thought that the default barrel length for both magnum Winchesters and Brownings was 24 inches. Weatherby was always the weirdo with LONG 26 inch barrels. The Ruger Number 1s were always special in that they had 26 inch barrels but the same overall length due to the short action length.

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I just ordered my M70 7mm rem mag and it was a 26" barrel.
 

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Congratulations, now what scope????

Please let us know what you place on it for a scope, and how well it shoots. Are you hunting where things are really open, or do you just like your bullets really moving?

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Please let us know what you place on it for a scope, and how well it shoots. Are you hunting where things are really open, or do you just like your bullets really moving?

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Yeah, I'm still trying to decide what scope to put on it. I don't want to just through a cheapy on it, but I don't want to spend an arm and a leg either. I got the 7mm mag because I'm hoping to go elk hunting in a couple of years, plus Missouri is suppose to have elk in the next five or so years (if everything works out).
 

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Hopefully you can spend around 250.xx

I always suggest shooters/hunters plan around 250.xx for a good scope. If you have another couple of hundred the 400-500 dollar ones are better, but not twice as good just a little better. The scope selling for less then 200.xx are a noticeable step down.

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Good choice on the model 70. I have it chambered in 300 WM and love it.

Two recommendations on scopes
1) Bausch and Lomb elite 4200 (second hand on eBay, now branded bushnell don't know about quality ) 2.5 x 10

2) Nikon Buckmaster 3x9

My b&l has been on the rifle ten years and has never lost zero. I take it out before using to test and it has always been on.
 

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Yeah, I was torn between the 7mm mag and 300 WM. What factory ammo do you guys recommend for this rifle. I don't know a clue about reloading or have the equipment, so for now I will stick with factory loads. Any suggestions?
 

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I dont use factory ammo. The best thing I could suggest is to try a few of the name brands and see which is most accurate.

If memory serves me correctly I tried Remington 150 gr core locks when I first bought the gun and they were pretty accurate. I dont like core lock bullets so I would stop short of reccomending them.
 

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Bullet weight for the 7mm mag

Hopefully some of the users of the 7mm mag will chime in but I would think that you would want to stay at 150gr and above. I know the 7mm-08 and 7mm mauser are factory loaded with the 140s. Having the extra case capacity would call for more bullet weight unless you are looking for hyper speed.

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Core-Lokts

I dont use factory ammo. The best thing I could suggest is to try a few of the name brands and see which is most accurate.

If memory serves me correctly I tried Remington 150 gr core locks when I first bought the gun and they were pretty accurate. I dont like core lock bullets so I would stop short of reccomending them.
Don't have the $$ to get set up for hand loading, and don't really put enough rounds downrange to justify the costs . . . . yet.

Started hunting with Winchester Silver Tips. Hit two deer, the first of which got up and ran off. (My fault for not putting another round between the antlers while he was down) Had to slit the throat of the second one. Neither bullet penetrated the chest cavity. Called my father-in-saw who said he'd used Core-Lokt bullets for years. Started using them and have had great luck with them, putting two or three in the freezer every year.

Use Core-Lokt 150 grain in my .270, .30/30 and .300 Savage.
Use 100 grain in my 6mm Remington, too.

Can't complain about the results I've gotten . . . . . .

RR
 
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