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7 PRC Rifle Recommendations

Posted on 2/7/24 at 8:09 am
Posted by SnakeEater1221
Vicenza, Italy
Member since Jul 2022
78 posts
Posted on 2/7/24 at 8:09 am
Looking for a rifle to go hunt out west. Probably a 7 PRC but maybe just a 7 Mag. Something sub 2k
Posted by 257WBY
Member since Feb 2014
5557 posts
Posted on 2/7/24 at 8:14 am to
Handle some and see what feels right to you.
What rifle do you have now?
Posted by civiltiger07
Baton Rouge
Member since Dec 2011
14020 posts
Posted on 2/7/24 at 8:14 am to
Bergara
Posted by 257WBY
Member since Feb 2014
5557 posts
Posted on 2/7/24 at 8:17 am to
I’ve hunted the West a bit, and weight should be a consideration. It’s no fun lugging around a heavy rifle.
Posted by SnakeEater1221
Vicenza, Italy
Member since Jul 2022
78 posts
Posted on 2/7/24 at 9:30 am to
I have a Tikka T3x in .270
Posted by mylsuhat
Mandeville, LA
Member since Mar 2008
48920 posts
Posted on 2/7/24 at 9:37 am to
Weatherby Mark 5 Weathermark
Posted by Got Blaze
Youngsville
Member since Dec 2013
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Posted on 2/7/24 at 9:42 am to
Do you reload and have access to making your own ammo ? The 7PRC is today's long-range flavor of the month rifle cartridge. Possibly in 3-5+ years from now ammo could be very hard to find like the WSM and WSSM stuff. According to Hornady's website, they only offer 3 loads:
- 7mm PRC 160 gr CX Outfitter
- 7mm PRC 180 gr ELD Match
- 7mm PRC 175 gr ELD-X Precision Hunter

The 7Mag has been around for 60 years and you can find affordably priced ammo at every hunting & sporting goods store in America. Comparing apples to apples, both cartridges are very similar as it comes down to what you want.
Posted by magicman534
The dirty dell
Member since May 2011
1557 posts
Posted on 2/7/24 at 9:45 am to
Hunted out west a bunch with a tikka 7mag. Shoot nosler 160gr Accubonds. Only deer that didn’t drop was my fault. Agree with previous post that says weight is def a consideration.
Posted by 257WBY
Member since Feb 2014
5557 posts
Posted on 2/7/24 at 10:05 am to
I’d take that Tikka .270 and not think twice about it. My 257 WBY has killed an elk (son used it), bighorn ram, mule deer, and antelope. 7 and 300 mags aren’t required.
Posted by scrooster
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Posted on 2/7/24 at 10:47 am to
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Posted by SnakeEater1221
Vicenza, Italy
Member since Jul 2022
78 posts
Posted on 2/7/24 at 10:48 am to
I do reload so availability isn’t that big of an issue. The reason I was considering the 7 PRC is because you can shoot heavier and higher bc bullets.
Posted by TheDrunkenTigah
Baton Rouge
Member since Aug 2011
17302 posts
Posted on 2/7/24 at 11:22 am to
A 270 would be fine for elk, as would a 280 ackley and a dozen other cartridges. Browning xbolt 2 looks pretty cool.

The reason to get a 7mag or 270 would be to get a tikka superlite, because it’s an excellent option that will give you money back for glass or to upgrade the stock, which is 100% the route I would take.

That said, this thread will be filled with people claiming the 7PRC doesn’t do anything the 7 mag doesn’t. Pick your bullet, see if it will load to a decent case length in a 7 mag chamber, and that will tell you which one you want. The part everyone overlooks in every “mah old .260 rem will do that” pissing match is that the PRC comes off the rack with all the shite already done to load anything, and the bullet is what matters.
Posted by Duckhammer_77
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Member since Nov 2016
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Posted on 2/7/24 at 12:46 pm to
my friends new Bergara 7PRC is pretty nice and real shooter, but good thing you handload, because shooting available Hornady ammo, every 3rd-4th shot was 1-1/2" off somewhere. Bergaras feel barrel-heavy to me, for Western hunting, weight is an issue, look at Tikka or a lightweight Vanguard.

quote:

you can shoot heavier and higher bc bullets.

Dont need them - 7 Rem Mags + 160 gr Partitions have been dropping animals DRT for 60 years. But that's boring. I handload and I get it. Most of my rifles are less-popular calibers because I like to tinker and improve things that aren't broken - that's what keeps me interested. Go fondle some hardware, see what you like.
This post was edited on 2/7/24 at 12:48 pm
Posted by bbvdd
Memphis, TN
Member since Jun 2009
24884 posts
Posted on 2/7/24 at 1:27 pm to
quote:

guaranteed sub MOA masterpieces


Just hope and pray that you don't need to use that guarantee, because if you do, you're screwed.
Posted by TigerOnThe Hill
Springhill, LA
Member since Sep 2008
6808 posts
Posted on 2/7/24 at 3:45 pm to
quote:

Looking for a rifle to go hunt out west.

It's always fun making the plans to buy a new gun. Since you already have a fine rifle in 270 Win, what are you planning to hunt that the 270 (w/ an appropriate bullet) won't put down?
Posted by Sparetime
Lookin down at La
Member since Sep 2014
865 posts
Posted on 2/7/24 at 3:48 pm to
Not to derail your gun, but I would look at 6.8 western if you want heavy for caliber and a good gun selection.

Browning has plenty of options at your price point. I"d go Pro hunter LR for 1100 and put a Leupold on top in your budget.

Posted by DownshiftAndFloorIt
Here
Member since Jan 2011
66763 posts
Posted on 2/7/24 at 4:08 pm to
7PRC is pimped by the hornady marketing machine and will have much better staying power than 6.8 western IMO.

Winchester just doesn't have the market clout to compete with Hornady. I think all the PRC stuff is here to stay. From what I can tell, 6.8w is practically dead already.
Posted by Pueblo Battle
E Tx
Member since Jun 2017
216 posts
Posted on 2/7/24 at 4:30 pm to
Friend had one built at Barbour Creek in Alabama. 1100 yard gun I think. Very pretty. Don’t know the weight though.
Posted by bbvdd
Memphis, TN
Member since Jun 2009
24884 posts
Posted on 2/7/24 at 5:39 pm to
quote:

From what I can tell, 6.8w is practically dead already.


There is no 6.8w brass to be found anywhere. And only Winchester was making it.

With 7prc you have several companies making the brass.
Posted by DownshiftAndFloorIt
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Member since Jan 2011
66763 posts
Posted on 2/7/24 at 6:39 pm to
Winchester can't compete with hornady marketing. Hornady is making cool stuff, doing podcasts about why it's cool, got the right people pushing it, keeping their stuff available and on the shelf.

Winchester ain't in the cool kids club anymore. They should abandon making up new calibers and stick to making good guns.
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