The Hornaday 175gr RN is my bullet of choice in the 7X57. They work well, would not hesitate to shoot an elk with that load!Unfortunately we have an over abundance of lawyers in our country and only load anemic amounts of powder and too light bullets in the 7x57. My son has a 7mm-08 and was complaining about all the wasted bloodshot meat on his deer. I loaded him up some 175 grain round nose bullets and presto no more problem.
@Rick CoxAll good choices but if not the .243, I would lean towards the .257. I always felt that would be the ultimate deer gun especially with the bullet choices today. And especially as you specified a
light weight rifle which of course will not help to moderate recoil. I have been using a .223 for deer on the property here, where I would prefer to keep the noise down not to mention 'over penetration'. Does a great job, but I have been careful with bullet placement.
Good choices but my go-to would be the Swift Scirroco 2. Violent expansion, excellent weight retention, deep penetration. I would look at Woodleigh as well.
@Rick CoxGood choices but my go-to would be the Swift Scirroco 2. Violent expansion, excellent weight retention, deep penetration. I would look at Woodleigh as well.
A .308 in a light rifle can kick surprisingly hard. I remember a little Ruger International that I gave my twelve year old son that made us both want to cry. We unloaded it, and he did brilliantly the next several years with a Steyr .243. In spite of the opinions of some of our down under friends, the .243 with a 100 gr premium bullet is an outstanding deer rifle.
The .357magnum is a great little round and the Marlin is a fun gun.Personally for deer, my favorite medium bore is a Modified 1894C Marlin. We lengthened the OAL of the 357 that could feed through the action to approximately 1.83". Then we found the 180 gr Speer Hot-Cor and worked up a load to 1900 fps. It will absolutely lay the deer out and with next to no recoil anyone can enjoy it!
Range wise, I normally hunt an area out to about 300 yards and I wouldn't hesitate to use this load at that distance.
I've grown up around lever guns all my life and the improved version of the 357 out performs most common 30-30 loads. Plus, being in Arkansas most shots are within 100-200 yards, but some sneak up on you at the 300 yard range.The .357magnum is a great little round and the Marlin is a fun gun.
I've never considered it will do 300m and never tried, but I have other rifles for that.