Thanks for the info, fellas. That mirrors what I have heard, but it's good to get local and recent info. I used a 7X57 Ruger M-77 but it has a tooled-marked s#!t barrel and never shot well. In fact, it was a cursed rifle with problems with the firing pin not, well, FIRING the rifle when it was cold. And the ammo in the mag would *click* as I walked with it slung over my shoulder. Yeah, and it cost me my 1st buck ever. (But if it's barrel was OK and it shot well, I'd take it back like a forlorn lover would.) BUT what learning about the 7X57 did make me appreciate the 7mm in general but NOT the 67 grains of powder a 7 rem mag burns. It feels like loading a spire-pointed pop bottle into my chamber. It will be the option if I go to shoot medium to big game somewhere that longer shots are the rule instead of the exception.