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7mm Winchester Short Magnum

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Type  Rifle
Designer  Winchester
Parent case  .404 Jeffery
Place of origin  United States
Designed  2001
7mm Winchester Short Magnum
Case type  rebated rim, bottleneck

The 7mm Winchester Short Magnum (also known as the 7mm WSM) is a centrefire cartridge developed in partnership with Browning Arms Company and Winchester ammunition, making its debut and introduced to the shooting public in 2001.

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Specifications

The 7mm WSM is similar to the .300 WSM and .270 WSM cases necked down to handle .284" bullets. However, the distance from the casehead to the datum line on the shoulder is longer for the 7WSM, preventing accidental chambering or firing of the .284" 7mm bullet in .270 WSM's .277" bore.

Performance

The 7mm WSM cartridge achieves its useful purpose as an excellent cartridge for larger mule deer, sheep, black bear and elk.

Winchester claims a muzzle velocity (MV) of 3,225 ft/s with a 140 grain bullet for their 7mm WSM cartridge; the claimed muzzle energy (ME) is 3,233 ft. lbs. With a 160 grain bullet the Winchester figures are 2990 ft/s and 3176 ft. lbs. at the muzzle. The lighter, shorter 7mm bullets are preferred in these short case magnums.

Popularity

The 7mm WSM has failed to gain the same popularity as the other cartridges in the WSM family. The shortened necks of the cases don't make the 7mm WSM particularly well suited to heavier bullets, limiting the cartridges usefulness on larger game. As well the 7mm WSM shoots about 100 ft/s slower than the 7mm Remington Magnum with heavier bullets.

Cost is another factor limiting popularity. Ammunition prices are higher than that of the 7mm Remington Magnum and of the .280 Remington. Both of which have similar performance to the 7mm WSM, with the 280 Rem having slightly less muzzle energy and the 7mm Rem Mag having slightly more.

References

7mm Winchester Short Magnum Wikipedia


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