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is the 7mm remington magnum too much gun for mule deer/whitetails? I found one for sale in left hand (hard to find good deals i

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  • is the 7mm remington magnum too much gun for mule deer/whitetails? I found one for sale in left hand (hard to find good deals i

    is the 7mm remington magnum too much gun for mule deer/whitetails? I found one for sale in left hand (hard to find good deals in LH), but don't want to get it if it's overkill (pun intended).

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    I know guys who use them on deer but I think they might be a little much. I shoot left handed too and I know its really hard to walk away from a good deal on any left handed rifle. As long as you use lighter bullets you should be ok on deer though.

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    • #3
      It may pass through a deer but Im sure it would work. I know people that have killed dall sheep and mule deer with them. Use some lighter bullets and I think you'll be fine.

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      • #4
        I can say the 7mm would be a great choice for deer. If you chose the right bullet it shouldn't just pass through. I recommemd 160gr nosler partitions. I see so many hunting shows and have to wonder what they are shooting. Of course all that gets air time is whitetails, but have you ever seen one go down after it was shot? I have to say, rarely. What are they using .22 cal?

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        • #5
          Many people use this caliber for deer size game. But, IMO if your going to be shooting closer than 150yds I'd opt for a heavier bullet. At 7mag velocities those lighter bullets are screaming and expantion will be violent. In my neck of the woods I'd go 150-160 SP.

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          • #6
            The 7mm Rem Mag is a great gun for deer. I have shot quite a few whitetail with one and have had no problems. I have used 150gr bullets in the past and now handload 139gr bonded bullets. I would say anything between 139 and 175 grain will work great. choose whichever gives you the ballistics that you want and you wont go wrong. Good Luck.

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            • #7
              The 7mm Rem Mag is my go to gun for big fields, I use a 160gr Nosler Ballistic Tip and have never had a problem. I say it is my big field gun because in tight cover and long carries the gun becomes quite cumbersome.

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              • #8
                The 7mm Remington Magnum is a good cartridge intended for open country. In my area of the south the 7 mag is a popular deer cartridge. It is probably a little much for woods hunting (30 to 100 yard shots) but is quite useful on agricultural fields and clear cuts. Thousands of dead whitetails would agree. For close quarters hunting it I would use a heavier bullet to help lessen violent (explosive) bullet expansion.

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                • #9
                  The 7mm Mag is the best deer rifle I've used so far. I have shot a .300 WSM, .243 Win, and a .30-06 and prefer the 7mm over all of them. When you hit a deer with a 160gr bullet at nearly 3000 fps, you are going to do the job. Besides that, it is a very flat shooting round, and I personally have taken deer out to 330 yards with the aforementioned round...

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                  • #10
                    i beleive my brother has one that works fine for deer. they are loud as hell though

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                    • #11
                      Thanks for all your replies. Unfortunately I waited too long and someone else bought the gun. Oh well, guess I'll keep looking. My first choice would be a 30 06 though. Great all-around cartridge that is available everywhere in a wide variety.

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                      • #12
                        no that's a great caliber for most N. American game. shoot heavier jacketed bullets for tougher game and you will be fine

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                        • #13
                          no its a good caliber for deer

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                          • #14
                            ive seen what a 7mm mag can do and i dont think that its overkill its got a pleanty of power thats for sure so go for it

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                            • #15
                              The 7mm mag took off because of plains deer hunting. A great flat shooting rifle with a ton of range. Snap it up and you will always love it.

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