7x57 Owners....educate me
As if I need another rifle project, I'm already started thinking about the future and having my wife along with me in Africa. Who knows when this will be, but surely I need to get started soon....because after all it's Valentine's day and I'm doing this all for her! :rolleyes: Well at least this is partially true, the wife does want to hunt now.
So every so often here on AH, the subject of the 7x57 comes up and with it there seems to be a gleam in the eye of those that own them.
I've never shot one, not sure I've ever even seen one. But I'm clicking on the Winchester page and sure enough they're offering their Featherlight in 7x57. So I'm looking at my Swift manual and I'm not all that terribly impressed ballistics wise. But then back on the Winchester website I see that the Featherlight in this caliber comes with a 26" barrel. Things aren't making sense. With this being a very old cartridge, is it suffering from kind of the same thing that the .375HH and .416 Rigby suffer from in the loading manuals. By that, the manuals are very conservative assuming there are still very old rifles still about?
I can't help but think this. Looking at the 7mm-08 in the manuals, it's far better performing with far less powder capacity.
So, please tell me your likes/dislikes about this caliber.