The Remington Arms Company introduced the 7mm Remington Magnum in 1962. The cartridge was inspired by the .375 H&H Magnum, and was released at the same time as a new rifle from Remington, their Model 700. The 7mm Mag. was designed for hunting large game in North America at long distances. The 7mm Magnum has taken elk 500 yards out, and also succeeds against moose and bear. This cartridge has a reputation shooting flat and hitting hard, characteristics needed to hunt game on the plains in both America and Africa also. Hunters commonly use the 7mm Magnum to take impala, antelope and warthog.
The versatility of this cartridge is a significant advantage for hunters as the marketplace contains a wide variety of ammunition in this caliber for sale. Bullets commonly weigh between 110 grains and 175 grains, and muzzle velocities can achieve as much as 3,500 feet per second. This results in about 3,100 foot pounds of muzzle energy. The 7MM Mag. really shines in terms of downrange performance where the bullet is still traveling more than 2,200 feet per second and maintaining over 1,700 foot pounds of energy at 500 yards. The cartridge is sold with a variety of bullets from pointed soft point to technologically advanced designs like the Nosler Partition.
This cartridge has been employed in competitive shooting at distances as great as 2,000 yards and is especially popular among F-class shooters. Competitive shooters appreciate the moderate recoil, limiting fatigue for long days of shooting, and the excellent ballistic coefficient, which contributes to the extreme accuracy possible with this cartridge. Law enforcement agencies use the 7mm Remington Magnum for sniping and counter-sniping tasks. U.S. Secret Service snipers previously used the 7mm Mag. until the .300 Win. Mag was adopted in its place.
The 7mm Remington Magnum caliber is versatile and widely available. Hunters of medium to large game around the earth, competitive shooters, and law enforcement agencies use the cartridge. Most major firearms manufacturers sell a rifle chambered in 7mm Mag. This cartridge is still going strong after fifty years, and should definitely be around for fifty more.