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Discussion in 'Hunting, Fishing & Camping' started by EL COLONEL, Oct 23, 2009.
....... Which and why for hogs and deer in Texas???? Thanx everyone.....
Personally, neither for me. If I was in Texas, I would go with something like a 260 or 7mm-08. Alot less recoil and can kill EVERYTHING in Texas. The whitetails are not that big (body wise) and hogs are easy to kill with proper shot placement (as is everything). I have a 300 win mag that is about to get transformed into a 7mmSTW but that will be my long range play toy. I hunt with a .280 and really like it too. I guess what all this rambling is trying to say is don't rule out other cartridges. You do not need a 300 to kill a little ol deer or hog, end of story. If you just want one of those calibers, either will work. I realize I haven't answered your question but that's just my opinion on it.
Thanx chevy for your answer.
If I had to pick one of the two, I'd go with the 7mm. More than adequate for either species and not as brutal as the 300. I agree with chevy. If you want something that can handle the heavier bullets consider a .308 or 30-06. If I were you I'd be thinking .270. They will all work, good luck in your decision.
7mm rem mag out of the two, but concur with the above poster a 25.06 or similar caliber with less recoil will kill everything in Texas without the recoil and cost of magnum rounds if that isn't a issue than you can't go wrong with either. I personally use a 30.06 and that is about all the recoil I need and will kill everything with it. A 7 rem mag feels the same to me as the 30.06 recoil wise. I would look at Tikka T3 Hunter models for the rifle. Esox357
I have both, and the 7mm Rem Mag is more than enough .
Thank you guys......Looks like the 7mm mag it is. I was thinking of a savage though with a leupold 111 4.5 x 14???????????????
savage 7mm is a goodun I have one bout to head out to the stand now!
Don't rule out the 770 7mm rem. mag i just got this on an i love it 1'' moa at 100 yards 3 rounds almost out of the box .
30-06 here, don't need any ultra supper duper magnum for hogs. if I had a choice, I would avoid both and buy a simple 30cal common ammo rifle or even a lever in 30-30 and go at.
btw, I'm using 7x57mauser as my 1st go to caliber for deer or hogs
.270 winchester is pretty much all you need for whitetail or less. I've shot feral hogs & javalenas with a 30-30 too! If I could only choose 1, then I would pick a 30-06.
Best Wishes! Pecos Bill out.
I like the 7mm Remington Magnum. It is a very good all round big game rifle. Good for everything with the right bullet choice from deer to moose.
Thanks everyone, Later....................................................
30-30 is more than enough gun for deer & hogs.
Good choice Hoss !
I've been shooting the remington 700 in 7mag since heck was a pup. I do now live in Tx. but we go back and forth to the ranch in Okla. and Tenn.
Some of the shots here on the ranch can reach 400 yards easy, even far more. but i stop at about that. I use a 3X9 Zeiss scope. Yes, 7mag is more than enough for deer. BUT, when one is out west, you can get into some very open country, (especially with antelope), if you and your gun "know each other," it will strech waaay out there for ya if need be. you may need a long range flat shooter. I would rather shoot at 20 feet ! LOL. But it just ain't that way where we hunt off the canyon rims for the big boys, (well big for Texas) ha.
I am NOT a head hunter, but every few years or so I'll pop a big one if I get the itch. I don't know if you reload, but I use 61 grains, sometimes 67.0 grs Reloader #22 with a Hornady 154gr Spire Point bullet. I sight in a 3" high at 100yds, and dead on the money, (center wise). I am set from 50yds, to a very comfortable 400 and a tad yards.
In the pic below, after the first shot, (where the patch is), I made a slight adjustment, and the rest of the bullets went right where I wanted them at 100yds... I leave him alone, and year after year he hits in the same place, just grab it and go. It is a Remington Stainless Steel SPS 26" barrel. My Ruger 77 is pretty good as well, but not as accurate.
BTW, the 7mag i did not just get for deer. It is my do all big game gun.
Good luck to ya
You may or may not have already made the purchase...but I thought I would add my two cents also. To answer your question, I would choose the 7mm magnum, though as other posters said I think you are overgunned. Overgunned is not necessarily bad, but with the price of ammo these days? Choosing a premium round here, Winchester XP3 bullet, a box of the more common 30-06 is 37.99 at Cabela's while the 7mm Magnum is 44.99. At 7 bucks more a box, you are talking 35 bucks per 100 rounds. I think that is considerable savings, you can basically get 120 rounds of 30-06 for 100 rounds of 7mm magnum. I am only comparing that one load for time's sake, but you can browse around and quickly realize the price difference. I think any cartridge from .260 Remington on up (that includes faster .25 caliber cartridges like 25-06 and such) would suit you fine, and be cheaper for ammunition if you choose a more common and cheaper to load cartridge than a magnum.
.308 would be my first choice,then probably 30-06. Both are common calibers with readily available ammo and both have PLENTY of power for deer or hogs in any state.
The only time I would use something like a 7mag or 300mag is if I planned on taking VERY long shots, like 500+ yards. Rarely does one need to take shots that far unless your hunting big horn sheep in the Rockies or something.