7mm Remington Magnum

7mm Remington Magnum Ballistics

7mm Rem Mag Trajectory

223 - 7mm Rem Mag Trajectory

Origin of the 7mm Remington Magnum

Remington introduced their 7mm Magnum in the early 1960s and it has proven to be a very popular cartridge from a field with many contenders, then and now.

Worldwide, 7mm cartridges have proven to be very effective for hunting medium to large game and the 7mm Remington Magnum was designed specifically as a hunting round.

Hunting with the 7mm Remington Magnum

With a wide selection of projectiles, the 7mm Remington Magnum is a very versatile and flat-shooting calibre which has maintained its popularity even as other 7mm magnum contenders have been introduced.

Its popularity is predominately for medium to large game hunting.  The 7mm Remington Magnum also find some following for those folks chasing the larger varmints.

I had a Howa 1500 in 7mm Remington Magnum for about a decade. It seemed to be happy with all the projectiles I tried, generally putting the first 3 shots into a nice sub-MOA clover leaf at the range.

Its lightweight barrel heated rapidly, and grouping fell off, if more that 3 rounds were fired in quick succession.  That is, of course, not a problem of any consequence in a hunting rifle.

I used it successfully on Red deer and wild boar, plus a few wild dogs that made the mistake of making an appearance at the wrong moment.

I had bought the rifle second hand, despite some misgivings about the barrel porting the former owner had commissioned.  I particularly dislike ported barrels and muzzle breaks, preferring the jolt of recoil to having my ears blown inside out on every shot fired.

Anyway, I soon had my gunsmith to cut off the offending 3 inches of barrel with the porting.  The grouping actually improved as a result.  Even with increased muzzle blast resulting from the shorter barrel, it was still a lot more pleasant than having the ported barrel, and that is how I used it for nearly a decade.

Naturally, I lost some velocity too. However the rifle was a great performer as a hunting rifle and I only sold it as I moved to a 7×57 in a Ruger RSI No 1 which better suited the close range stalking that forms most of my hunting these days.


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