7mm Rem Mag Poll - Less Weight or More Barrel?

ZeeZee Senior MemberPosts: 20,564 Senior Member
Just because I'm on a 7mm kick right now and because I want a 7mm Rem Mag some time in the future..............I'm toying with rifle features.

Keep in mind, as for rifles in .284cal, I have:

.280 Remington w/ 24" Heavy Barrel at 10 pounds

7mm Remington Ultra Mag w/ 26" Barrel at 12 pounds

Question is, in selecting a 7mm Remington Magnum, do I go for:

24" Barrel at 7 Pounds Finished Weight

or

26" Barrel at 9 pounds Finished Weight

Less Weight or More Barrel? 11 votes

24" Barrel at 7 Pounds Finished Weight
72%
[Deleted User]knitepoetJermanatorjbohioDurwoodErnie Bishoppardoghorselips 8 votes
26" Barrel at 9 Pounds Finished Weight
27%
wildgene41magnutjaywapti 3 votes
"To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
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  • JermanatorJermanator Senior Member Posts: 15,045 Senior Member
    24" Barrel at 7 Pounds Finished Weight
    Before I answer... How the hell does a barrel weigh a pound an inch?
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 20,564 Senior Member
    Jermanator wrote: »
    Before I answer... How the hell does a barrel weigh a pound an inch?

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    Just answer the %@$!!*&$%#@^#! question!!!!!

    :jester:
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • JermanatorJermanator Senior Member Posts: 15,045 Senior Member
    24" Barrel at 7 Pounds Finished Weight
    I can't!!! There is no 7 pound, 26" answer!!!! A 7mag really needs to go 26" to get the most out of it. At 24", I don't think you will see much gain over a .280.
  • jbohiojbohio Senior Member Posts: 5,499 Senior Member
    24" Barrel at 7 Pounds Finished Weight
    Jermanator wrote: »
    Before I answer... How the hell does a barrel weigh a pound an inch?
    Yeah! I want 26" at 7lb.
    Seriously, my RUM is a shade over 9lb, I've been toying with the same idea. A light 7mag.
  • JermanatorJermanator Senior Member Posts: 15,045 Senior Member
    24" Barrel at 7 Pounds Finished Weight
    If this is something where you have parts laying around, I would use the lighter 24" barrel. There. I answered.
  • knitepoetknitepoet Senior Member Posts: 18,657 Senior Member
    24" Barrel at 7 Pounds Finished Weight
    You've got plenty of heavies, I'd go light.
    Seven Habits of Highly Effective Pirates, Rule #37: There is no “overkill”. There is only “open fire” and “I need to reload”.


  • jbohiojbohio Senior Member Posts: 5,499 Senior Member
    24" Barrel at 7 Pounds Finished Weight
    Although, 24" with a brake might be ok. 26" with a brake might get unwieldy.
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 20,564 Senior Member
    Jermanator wrote: »
    I can't!!! There is no 7 pound, 26" answer!!!!

    That's because there is no 7 pound, 26" option!!!!!!
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 20,564 Senior Member
    jbohio wrote: »
    Although, 24" with a brake might be ok. 26" with a brake might get unwieldy.

    No brake on this one.

    The options are as stated.
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • JayhawkerJayhawker Moderator Posts: 14,829 Senior Member
    My 7mm Mag has a 28" barrel....just sayin...
    Sharps Model 1874 - "The rifle that made the west safe for Winchester"
  • JermanatorJermanator Senior Member Posts: 15,045 Senior Member
    24" Barrel at 7 Pounds Finished Weight
    Those Tikka T3 Lite Stainless rifles have 24 3/8" barrels and weigh in at 6 pounds, 5 ounces. Just saying.
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 20,564 Senior Member
    jbohio wrote: »
    Yeah! I want 26" at 7lb.
    Seriously, my RUM is a shade over 9lb, I've been toying with the same idea. A light 7mag.

    If I went 26" it would be a Remington 700 and would end up looking like my .300 RUM that weighs 9 Pounds 2 oz.

    Hence, the 26" Barrel at 9 Pounds Finished Weight.
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • jbohiojbohio Senior Member Posts: 5,499 Senior Member
    24" Barrel at 7 Pounds Finished Weight
    Zee wrote: »
    No brake on this one.

    The options are as stated.
    Cantcha drill some holes in it or something? Give it a little Dremel shave?

    Ok, ok. I'll quit. I'm going light. 7lbs or bust!
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 20,564 Senior Member
    Jermanator wrote: »
    Those Tikka T3 Lite Stainless rifles have 24 3/8" barrels and weigh in at 6 pounds, 5 ounces. Just saying.

    Hence the 24" Barrel at 7 Pounds Finished Weight!!!!!!!

    Now, you're catching on!!!!!
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 20,564 Senior Member
    Jayhawker wrote: »
    My 7mm Mag has a 28" barrel....just sayin...


    Barrel Envy........
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • JermanatorJermanator Senior Member Posts: 15,045 Senior Member
    24" Barrel at 7 Pounds Finished Weight
    Get the Tikka. I would sacrifice a bit of performance for a lighter weight. The .280 and 7RUM are fairly heavy. Go light.
  • ojrojr Senior Member Posts: 819 Senior Member
    I'd take the 26" barrel 'cause I'm not going to be carring it to far.
    Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?
  • wildgenewildgene Senior Member Posts: 1,036 Senior Member
    26" Barrel at 9 Pounds Finished Weight
    ...my 26" Browning A-Bolt Stainless Stalker w/ a 2.5X8 VX-III is under 8#s...
  • JermanatorJermanator Senior Member Posts: 15,045 Senior Member
    24" Barrel at 7 Pounds Finished Weight
    ojr wrote: »
    I'd take the 26" barrel 'cause I'm not going to be carring it to far.
    If that were the case, he could take his 7RUM and the whole idea of a 7mm mag is blown to heck. We are trying to enable here.
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 20,564 Senior Member
    Jermanator wrote: »
    If that were the case, he could take his 7RUM and the whole idea of a 7mm mag is blown to heck. We are trying to enable here.

    Yes, basically I'm trying to decide if a 24" barrel on a 7mm Rem Mag is not worth the effort and therefore a deal breaker.

    I could do a 26" barrel but the rifle would end up around 9 pounds, which is still 3 pounds lighter than the 7RUM but stil.........9 pounds.
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • ojrojr Senior Member Posts: 819 Senior Member
    Jermanator wrote: »
    If that were the case, he could take his 7RUM and the whole idea of a 7mm mag is blown to heck. We are trying to enable here.

    Sorry, should have figured that.:uhm:
    Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?
  • JermanatorJermanator Senior Member Posts: 15,045 Senior Member
    24" Barrel at 7 Pounds Finished Weight
    A 24" will work just fine. But if it only cost a couple of ounces and had the choice, I would go 26".
  • 41magnut41magnut Senior Member Posts: 1,158 Senior Member
    26" Barrel at 9 Pounds Finished Weight
    Barrel weight per inch would depend on the contour selected.
    So, as usual it depends.

    If one wanted a longer barrel w/o too great a weight increase a slimmer contour could be chosen.

    Doesn't a magnum cartridge in general require a longer barrel to allow the prodigious amounts of powder to be burned? This drove I choice for the 26" barrel.

    The 7MMRM isn't known to be a real bruiser as far as mags go. Of 300WM and 7MMRM I have fired I found a 300WM to recoil more.
    "The .30-06 is never a mistake." Townsend Whelen :iwo:
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 20,564 Senior Member
    wildgene wrote: »
    ...my 26" Browning A-Bolt Stainless Stalker w/ a 2.5X8 VX-III is under 8#s...

    I could possibly get a Remington to stay around 8 pounds and some change with some judicious accessory selection.
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • ojrojr Senior Member Posts: 819 Senior Member
    Talking of rings for the rifle, I just bought some Burris 30mm XTR, they are light and seem to be fairly well made.
    See I'm enabling.
    Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?
  • wildgenewildgene Senior Member Posts: 1,036 Senior Member
    26" Barrel at 9 Pounds Finished Weight
    Zee wrote: »
    I could possibly get a Remington to stay around 8 pounds and some change with some judicious accessory selection.

    ...well, if you wanted to be "judicious", you could start w/ an A-Bolt Stalker in 7WSM @ 6lbs. 6oz. & w/ a little "judicious" powder selection, match 7mm RM MV's w/ a 23" barrel...
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 20,564 Senior Member
    ojr wrote: »
    Talking of rings for the rifle, I just bought some Burris 30mm XTR, they are light and seem to be fairly well made.
    See I'm enabling.

    I'd go Talley Lightweight for either the Tikka or the Remington.
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 20,564 Senior Member
    wildgene wrote: »
    ...well, if you wanted to be "judicious", you could start w/ an A-Bolt Stalker in 7WSM @ 6lbs. 6oz. & w/ a little "judicious" powder selection, match 7mm RM MV's w/ a 23" barrel...

    I just can't get myself to love an A-Bolt. Closest I can come is kinda sorta maybe liking the X-Bolt.
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • Ernie BishopErnie Bishop Senior Member Posts: 6,978 Senior Member
    24" Barrel at 7 Pounds Finished Weight
    Primary use(s)?
    Zee wrote: »
    Just because I'm on a 7mm kick right now and because I want a 7mm Rem Mag some time in the future..............I'm toying with rifle features.

    Keep in mind, as for rifles in .284cal, I have:

    .280 Remington w/ 24" Heavy Barrel at 10 pounds

    7mm Remington Ultra Mag w/ 26" Barrel at 12 pounds

    Question is, in selecting a 7mm Remington Magnum, do I go for:

    24" Barrel at 7 Pounds Finished Weight

    or

    26" Barrel at 9 pounds Finished Weight
    Ernie

    "The Un-Tactical"
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 20,564 Senior Member
    Primary use(s)?


    Shoot animals.
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
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