These rifles in 7mm Rem Mag will take down a plethora of big game animals.
When it comes to big game hunting at long range, there's a bevy of centerfire rifle options on the market with new caliber options being introduced all the time. However, sometimes the classics are the best and it's hard to beat the 7mm Remington Magnum as a versatile hunting rifle cartridge.
For big game hunting here in North America, this round will handle a little of everything from your standard whitetail deer to elk and even large bears with ease.
Today let's look at this popular rifle cartridge a little more in depth and explain why the 7mm Remington Magnum is such a solid choice for hunting. We will also list some of the top hunting rifles chambered for this popular round.
7mm Rem Mag the round.
This cartridge has been around for a long time. First introduced back in 1962. The parent case is a .375 H&H Magnum which uses much heavier bullets, usually with a flat nose. Remington necked down the cartridge and went for a more streamlined bullet diameter for a better ballistic coefficient. The result is the 7mm Rem Mag. And it is capable of an absolutely screaming 3,500 fps muzzle velocity with light 110 grain bullets.
Most hunters use heavier ammo than that of course. Up that to a 140-grain Nosler Partition, Accubond, or a Hornady SST 150-grain bullet with a polymer soft point or their boat tail ELD-X and you're still getting a respectable 2,900-3,100 fps out of the round. It has a nice flat trajectory too. It's not uncommon for many shooters to reach out 400 yards with this round. At the same time, a 7mm magnum has a little more speed and power than a .270 Winchester. It's also easier on the should because the recoil is considerably less than the mighty .300 Winchester Magnum. (.300 Win Mag)
The 7mm Rem Mag is also a great choice for handloading enthusiasts. It's an easy round for reloading and most handloads with popular bullets like Barnes still retain a great deal of energy and speed out to distances beyond 200 to 300 yards. Even with bullet weights of 165 grains and above. . If you're wondering about reliability on larger game, just remember the round is often used as a catch-all round for many small to mid-sized African plains animals. Simply put, there's a lot to like about the 7mm magnum cartridge. Now, let's look at some of the options for rifles chambered in it.
Remington Model 700
It's only fitting we list the Remington first as the classic bolt-action rifle was introduced at the same time as the cartridge. Today there's a ton of variants to choose from. Like a classic rifle? Go with a satin walnut stock. Want something that will stand up to the elements? Go for a synthetic stock and stainless steel combo. The 26-inch barrel length helps get the optimal performance at long distances with this round. That gives these rifles an overall length of about 46 inches and a weight around seven pounds depending on the stock type. Either way, the 700 was designed with this round in mind and it's one of the reasons this rifle is such a great choice for it today.
Browning X-Bolt Hell's Canyon
Browning also builds many variants of this rifle to suit every hunter's style. These rifles feature free-floating barrel and a three-lever feather trigger. These rifles have excellent ergonomics thanks to the Inflex recoil pad. The 60-degree bolt life helps cycle the rifle quickly and they are fed via rotary magazines. Depending on what model you go with, some feature spacers to adjust the length of pull, adjustable combs, fluted barrels, and even threaded barrels for a suppressor. Finishes vary from a blued steel to stainless, to Cerakote.
Weatherby Vanguard MeatEater Edition
Featuring a Cerakote finish and a spiral fluted 24 or 26-inch cold hammer forged barrel, these rifles were designed in collaboration with Steven Rinella, the MeatEater. These rifles have a black Cerakote fluted bolt body machined from one piece. Weatherby says they guarantee sub-MOA groups at 100 yards with Weatherby factory or premium ammunition. The barrel is also threaded. These rifles feature a Monte Carlo stock with excellent ergonomics thanks to the textured forend and grip. The hinged floorplate is engraved with the MeatEater logo. This rifle is ready to help you fill your freezer too this season.
Savage Model 110 Classic
It's hard to go wrong with one of the oldest bolt-action rifle platforms on the market today. This rifle features a traditional walnut wood stock and is fed through detachable box magazines. The carbon steel barrel is 24 inches long and has a 1:9.5 rate of twist to help you get the most accuracy possible out of the 7mm Rem Mag platform. Even though this gun has a traditional look, it features modern flair like a threaded muzzle, an adjustable length of pull and comb. And of course, Savage's Accu Trigger system which allows you to tailor the pull weight to your liking.
Winchester Model 70
Another classic rifle that has been given plenty of modern upgrades, the Model 70's free-floating 26-inch barrel length helps get the best muzzle velocity and trajectory possible out of this round. This rifle is available in stainless steel or blued finishes. If you want a traditional look, they offer both a maple and a French walnut stock. If you'd rather have a gun that is light and easy to tote into the backcountry, go with one of their synthetic stock options. These guns have a three-position thumb safety, and a Pre-64 claw extractor for better cycling.
The CVA name is better known for muzzleloaders. However, they clearly did their research because their new Cascade bolt-action rifle line has everything most hunters are looking for in a quality hunting rifle for an affordable price in the $600 range. The threaded barrels are carbon steel and finished in matte blue or Cerakote. These rifles are fed through detachable magazines. The stocks are synthetic and reinforced with fiberglass for extra strength. CVA also built in a spacer system for the stock so you can adjust the length of pull.
If you are shopping for a rifle on a budget, the Mossberg is an excellent choice. The synthetic stock versions of this rifle come in under the seven pound mark making it an excellent choice for rough hikes into the backcountry. The barrels on these rifles are fluted and threaded adding even more functionality and value. Mossberg also sells this rifle as a scoped combo package with a Vortex Crossfire 3-9x40mm scope. Or you can get a standard rifle with weaver style bases to mount the optic of your choice. Either way, these guns come in under the $600 mark making a great bargain for a rifle with this much versatility.
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