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#5387153 - 10/29/14 02:17 PM 7mm-08 Rem.
tth_40 Offline
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Registered: 04/05/10
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Loc: North Texas.
Who else here loads 7mm-08?

If you do, what weight bullet are you using and what powders do you like for it?

I've had real good luck in the past with 140 grain Sierra Game Kings and IMR 4350, but am currently doing load development for my wife's new rifle. It'll be used for general hunting duties including deer and hogs. I also have a few of the Hornady SST 139 grain bullets I haven't tried yet as well. I know there are quite a few out there liking 120 grain projectiles, I just don't have any at the moment.

Just trying to get a general consensus of what's commonly used out there.
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#5387174 - 10/29/14 02:25 PM Re: 7mm-08 Rem. [Re: tth_40]
dee Offline
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Registered: 04/10/10
Posts: 4664
Loc: Red River way
I'm running a improved version with 162 Amax and Varget.
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#5387302 - 10/29/14 03:41 PM Re: 7mm-08 Rem. [Re: tth_40]
Southtexas36 Offline
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Registered: 01/02/11
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Loc: Houma, LA
I'm loading 140 gr Nosler Accubonds with Varget
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#5387464 - 10/29/14 05:14 PM Re: 7mm-08 Rem. [Re: tth_40]
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Registered: 11/11/07
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Loc: Wise Co.
If you're interested in something weighing 120 grains, the Ballistic Tip has a pretty good reputation as a hunting bullet. It's much tougher than the BTs intended for varmint hunting. You could make that thing scoot.
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#5388115 - 10/29/14 10:56 PM Re: 7mm-08 Rem. [Re: tth_40]
psycho0819 Offline
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Registered: 08/20/05
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Loc: Kaufman, Texas
Mine loves Sierra 100gr HP's over IMR4895, and it does respectful enough with 140gr Gamekings over 4895 as well.

I've threatened to try some Accubonds in it, but just don't see the need.
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#5388184 - 10/30/14 12:45 AM Re: 7mm-08 Rem. [Re: tth_40]
StrosFan Offline
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Registered: 10/12/08
Posts: 213
Loc: Lufkin
120 NBT and Vargret and 130 Speer Hot Cor with I MR 4064 different loads, have the same POI in mine so I have choices without moving the scope

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#5388282 - 10/30/14 06:48 AM Re: 7mm-08 Rem. [Re: tth_40]
300 ultra Offline
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Registered: 05/20/12
Posts: 25
Loc: Tx
I am shooting the 150 long range Accubond under RL 15 powder get 2728 FPS very accurate and mid range in powder charge .
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#5388297 - 10/30/14 07:02 AM Re: 7mm-08 Rem. [Re: StrosFan]
dawaba Offline
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Registered: 10/22/06
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Loc: Big Eddy Road, Noonday
John Barsness once admitted in print that he likes to achieve 2700 fps with typical cup-and-core spire-point bullets for general hunting. He offered some rationale about the metallurgy of gilding metal jackets and lead cores and mushrooming characteristics in flesh and bone. In his final summary--almost tongue in cheek--he admitted that 2700 is a lucky number that he feels he must psychologically reach in order to have confidence in his loading.

I will admit to having a obsession for the number 3000. In my OCD world, a bullet that flies at 2950 fps is like an old man driving a Buick, whereas 3050 fps is a Corvette cruising in the fast lane. So, for general deer and hog hunting like we have in Texas, I naturally tend to gravitate to the bullets that will give me 3000 fps.

In the 7mm-08, I cannot safely reach that threshold with 139-140 gr bullets, but I can with those weighing 130 and 120 gr. The same is true with the 7x57. So, in these two cartridges, I have little use for the popular 140 gr pills, or anything heavier. So, if I'm going drive at my self-imposed speed limit of 3000 fps, I'm going to concentrate my load work-up to 120-130 grain bullets.

I currently load for 2 7mm-08 rifles. My personal favorite is a Remmy M7 that loves the 130 Speer BTSP behind Re-15 or IMR4320 for a tad over 3000 fps. It is accurate and instant death on Texas whitetails. For my brother's SIL who shoots a SS Ruger compact with a laminated stock, I load the 120 gr bullets, either the NBT or TTSX behind Re-15 for around 3050 from its short barrel.

Call it a fetish or whatever you like, but 3000 fps is where I roll.
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#5388640 - 10/30/14 09:52 AM Re: 7mm-08 Rem. [Re: tth_40]
Bbear Offline
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Registered: 11/24/13
Posts: 596
Loc: West Texas
45 gr of IMR 4350 pushing a Nosler 140 gr Ballistic Tip works for me. Also have a fair load of Varget that works with some of the lighter Barnes stuff but had too many of them penciling through. Also had a decent load with IMR 4063 and 154gr SST's but they tended to waste a lot of meat on shots inside of 100 yards.

Might look at the SGK after the season's over.
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#5388670 - 10/30/14 10:03 AM Re: 7mm-08 Rem. [Re: tth_40]
Navasot Offline
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Registered: 09/22/11
Posts: 25921
Loc: Normangee/Navasota TX
Yall ever done 110gr Barnes in the 08?
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#5389583 - 10/30/14 05:07 PM Re: 7mm-08 Rem. [Re: tth_40]
ckat Online   content
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Registered: 12/02/09
Posts: 1070
Loc: Lubbock Area
140 grain Sierra GK HPBT or Nosler BT in front of some RL-15 for 2735 FPS out of my Model 7. My wife shoots the 120 grain Sierra PH pushed by some H335. Cannot remember the velocity off of the top of my head. Both have a long history of great results.

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#5389721 - 10/30/14 06:42 PM Re: 7mm-08 Rem. [Re: tth_40]
vanguard Offline
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Registered: 01/11/10
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120 gr nosler bt with win 760 got me 3100

was my most accurate load in the 7-08 i had

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#5395528 - 11/03/14 08:51 AM Re: 7mm-08 Rem. [Re: tth_40]
davvy Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 10/30/14
Posts: 102
Loc: Ft Worth
140 bt but I have a brother in Alaska so I have a pet 168 swift load worked up I've used on black tail and caribou with great success if you wanted to go heavy

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#5396244 - 11/03/14 12:31 PM Re: 7mm-08 Rem. [Re: tth_40]
StraitShot Offline
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Registered: 09/12/10
Posts: 327
Loc: Republic of Texas
In 7mm-08, I load 140gr VLD Berger, in a Norma case using 46.7 grains of H4350. The bullets are seated as far out as the magazine will allow but it is still a pretty good jump.

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#5397255 - 11/03/14 07:24 PM Re: 7mm-08 Rem. [Re: tth_40]
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Loc: North Texas.
Yesterday I got down to .75" three shot groups with IMR 4350 and 140 grain SGK's seated .020" off the lands. Those groups will shrink once the barrel gets broke in.

Very happy with this rifle so far. grin
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