Range Report 284 Win Or 7WSM?

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Any opinions on which to get?

I'm planning a new build and want to decide which round to get. Has to be a 7mm bullet though.

Intended use will be steel shooting out to 1000 with no hunting except on a few pigs. Longer barrel life is a plus and I would be willing to give up some performance for barrel life. I handload so availability of ammo isn't a concern.

What I am concerned about though, is brass quality. Winchester is the only maker of 7WSM and with 284 Win, I can neck up 6.5-284 Win Lapua brass for quality brass.

Advanced search only turned out one thread dedicated to the topic; so I figured to get more advice.

So, what say you?
 

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Re: 284 Win Or 7WSM?

284, neck up Lapua 6.5-284.

Worth what you paid for it.
 
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Re: 284 Win Or 7WSM?

For barrel life .284.
For performance, WSM.
 

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Re: 284 Win Or 7WSM?

2 questions.

1: How fast can you push a Hornday 162 with a .284?

2: What is barrel life of a .284?

I ask because I don't really see a whole lot of advantage of going 7mm unless you plan on using the big 180 bullets. With those, inside of a 1000 yards is way over kill. If you said you wanted to go past 1000 7 WSM is the clear choice.

I helped build a 7 WSM for my brother, and think its a hell of a round. Made hits right along the side of my 338 LM.

However, admittedly I don't know that much about the .284. I guess if you can push a 162 faster than 2800 fps, and have a barrel life longer than 3500 it would be better than the main line 6.5s.

If it can't I think 6.5 would do everything you want with less recoil and less reloading expense.
 

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Re: 284 Win Or 7WSM?

<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: fireguyty</div><div class="ubbcode-body">2 questions.

1: How fast can you push a Hornday 162 with a .284?

<span style="font-weight: bold"><span style="font-style: italic">3000fps comfortably with 26" barrel and LONG brass life</span></span>

2: What is barrel life of a .284?

<span style="font-weight: bold"><span style="font-style: italic">4000 is a conservative estimate. It's comparable to the 260</span></span>


However, admittedly I don't know that much about the .284. I guess if you can push a 162 faster than 2800 fps, and have a barrel life longer than 3500 it would be better than the main line 6.5s.

<span style="font-weight: bold"><span style="font-style: italic">The 162 @ 2800 is a reality with the 7mm-08 and a 24-26" barrel, barrel life is 5000+</span></span>
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Comments above.

With the OP's original comments regarding barrel life vs. performance and most shots being inside 1000yd then I would strongly encourage to building the 284 Win.
 

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Re: 284 Win Or 7WSM?

<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: fireguyty</div><div class="ubbcode-body">If it can't I think 6.5 would do everything you want with less recoil and less reloading expense. </div></div>

I already have a .260, so I want something other than a 6.5; I also have a .243 and a 300WM already.

Thanks for the advice so far y'all.
 

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Re: 284 Win Or 7WSM?

<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: FCS</div><div class="ubbcode-body">284, neck up Lapua 6.5-284.

Worth what you paid for it. </div></div>

My thoughts exactly. I love my 284!
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: fireguyty</div><div class="ubbcode-body">2 questions.

1: How fast can you push a Hornday 162 with a .284?

2: What is barrel life of a .284?
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Im getting 2995fps with the162 amax out of a 27.5" barrel
Im getting 2766fps with the 180 bergers

The 162 is flatter to 1000 than the 180 but the 180 has a bit less drift.

Both are supersonic to right around 1500yards at around 950ft DA
 

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Re: 284 Win Or 7WSM?

My last build I debated between a 284, 7WSM, and a 7RSAUM. Went with a 284 for a couple reasons, limited to 175 grain bullet in one of the steel matches I shoot and the range I shoot at only goes out to 1020yds. The two loads I worked up are the 162 Amax at 2950 and the 175 SMK at 2830. The 175 SMK is the better 1000yd load. I could shoot either one of those bullets faster out of a 7WSM, didn't see it gaining me a lot for what I'm doing with it.
 

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    Re: 284 Win Or 7WSM?

    I personally like the .284 just because.
     

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    Re: 284 Win Or 7WSM?

    You should look at the 7mm RSAUM, it has a little more case capacity than the .284 and a little less than the WSM. Yet you can pretty much get the same velocity as a WSM. The case is shorter than both the .284 and the WSM so it will work out of a short action better. You might get a little better barrel life than the WSM, however, that is probably splitting hairs. Plus you can get Nosler or Norma brass.
     

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    Re: 284 Win Or 7WSM?

    I like my 7WSM.
    I shoot a 168 Berger at 3,098fps.
    I use Win brass and have NO issues with it. I do only basic prep. No neck turning.
    I'm shooting RL-22 and it's insanely accurate.
    I have a ES of ~12fps and a SD of ~ 4fps.......really, how much damn better can it get? I'm ~ 6.5 mils to 1000yds.

    Asking a question like "which gun to build" is damn near pointless. Everyone is going to have a suggestion and a reason why they think its the best answer.