7mm Remington Magnum Ammunition
History of 7mm Remington Magnum Ammunition
The 7mm Remington Magnum was introduced in 1962 by the Remington Arms Company, this new cartridge was revealed with a new rifle, the Remington Model 700. The 7mm Mag. was designed to be used for long distance hunting of larger North American game. The 7mm Mag. is reported to be able to take elk at 500 yards, it is also excellent for use on moose and bear. This cartridge is known for its’ flat shooting and hard hitting characteristics which are necessary for hunting plains game, not only in America, but Africa as well. The Impala, Antelope and Warthog are commonly hunted with the 7mm Magnum.
One of the great advantages of the cartridge for hunters is that it is very versatile with the huge variety of ammunition that can be had on the market. Bullet weights commonly range from 110 to 175 grains and velocities can reach up to 3500 feet per second. This gives about 3100 foot pounds of energy at the muzzle. Where the 7MM Mag. really performs is downrange where the bullet will still be traveling around 2000 feet per second and delivering 1500 foot pounds of energy. The 7mm Mag. offers a great balance of power versus recoil and it also is offered in a variety of bullet designs.
This cartridge also has been used in competition at ranges out to 2000 yards and has been very popular, especially among F-class shooters. The moderate recoil is a plus as well at the excellent ballistic coefficient, which allows for the extreme accuracy attainable with this cartridge. Law enforcement agencies have also employed the 7mm Remington Magnum in sniper and counter-sniper roles. The U.S. Secret Service sniper teams used the 7mm Mag. until it was replaced with the .300 Win. Mag..
The 7mm Remington Magnum is a very versatile and easy to find caliber, it is used around the world by medium to large game hunters as well as competitive and law enforcement applications. Virtually all major rifle manufacturers offer a 7mm Mag. chambered rifle. This fifty year old cartridge is still going strong and will easily be around for another fifty.
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