7 mag - Elk

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wirehead

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Dude let me down easy… I am seeing the light.

Where I’m at… SHV, NXS, Trijicon Credo, or Swaro Z3?

Also a reeeaaal good chance an SWFA fixed is going on my BAR ’06 whitetail gun.
 

Unckebob

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Buying new guns is cool. If that's what you want to do, many of us will help you with that. With that said, Ive watched 6 bulls fall on my last 2 elk hunts. Of those 6, 4 of them were taken with 300 WM, the other 2 were taken with my 7 SAUM. The 300 WMs were shooting Bergers and TTSX, mine were both with Bergers. A moderate velocity 7 with the right projectile is plenty for elk. Neither of mine made it more than a few steps. Shot distances average around 300 yds. I stick to the 2000+ FPS impact velocity and 1500 ft/lbs of energy. Save your cash on a new rifle and upgrade your optics, rings, stock etc.

For the cost of my new rifle and suppressor, I could have paid for the cost of airfare (not in steerage) to Africa. I could have have taken dad's 30-06 since I would not hunt dangerous game.
 
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For the cost of my new rifle and suppressor, I could have paid for the cost of airfare (not in steerage) to Africa. I could have have taken dad's 30-06 since I would not hunt dangerous game.
That really puts it into perspective…
 

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I've personally witnessed 2 VX3i and a VX5HD lose zero on hunts.

I had a vx3i mounted on a 7mm-08. It lost zero several times. Sent it back to leupold and they stated something in the internals of the scope came loose. Took it this summer and never could keep zero once again. Scope is gone now.


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I had a vx3i mounted on a 7mm-08. It lost zero several times. Sent it back to leupold and they stated something in the internals of the scope came loose. Took it this summer and never could keep zero once again. Scope is gone now.


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Out of curiosity… by how much did your scope lose zero?
 

Elite

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Out of curiosity… by how much did your scope lose zero?

First few times it was 5-8” at 100 yards. Second round was 11”-13”. Wasted a lot of ammo with that scope.


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First few times it was 5-8” at 100 yards. Second round was 11”-13”. Wasted a lot of ammo with that scope.


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Ouch. That’s brutal. The change I saw was on the order kf ~2” at 100…
 

bluumoon

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Buddy sighted in rifle with a VX3 at my place just before season this year. Gun fell over while leaning on a tree. 2.5" (100 yard) shift to the right when we rechecked zero a day later. I had a larger fail with a VX2 two years prior with no drops, which lead me to this forum and a fair bit of $ spent.
 
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This makes me wonder how much of the time I spent trying to dial in loads was really chasing scope-related variability in POI.
 

Pharmseller

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Shoot them through the lungs.

Bull is gonna die.

This one did, 7mm-08, 409 yards, 150 Eldx.

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This one, too, but only 225 yards with a 140 Accubond.

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It’s where you hit them, using a good bullet, that matters most.

I have more dead elk pics with the Mighty -08 but you get the idea.





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mc67

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Ive always told friends if they are on a budget then spend more on the scope they they do the gun.
 
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