I am posting this to make sure I don't overlook a possible bullet choice.... the below post on the GMX Hornady is an example of one I had not considered but the 139gr(for 7mm) weight concerns me.
I better add this. This past season bullets used 140gr Berger (not good) 160gr Sierra GK (not bad,no exits)162 SST's (none escaped but took multiple hits and no exits)and lastly 168gr Berger(killed two no exits both ran 400 yards before expiring) All shots were 375-600 yards.
This is the scenario.
You are shooting at an elk from 400 to 600 yards away that is in sparse dark timber across on the next mountain that is in a herd of 20-30 other Bull elk. You shoot the Bull and if lucky it falls or only goes a short distance. This happens most times by the way.
But a couple of behind the shoulder solid hits the elk ran along with 30 others over the mountain and with no exit and no blood trail it makes for long long exhausting searches in tough conditions.
Out of a dozen or so shot this past year all being as described two were never found and of course that's two too many. Maybe the shot's twern't as good as they looked and maybe they recovered??
I was just asked if there was a bullet/load combo I could load for 7mm that might give consistent exits to increase the odds of a better blood trail to follow.
This is a family and before anyone suggests just get a 30/378 with 165gr Barnes etc there are women and children also shooting.
The two rifle used this year a 7mm SAUM Rem model 7 and a 7mm Mag Remington Mountain rifle.
I may try the 150gr Sciroccos as they have them locally and they look like they may be an option if they shoot good.
I admit I tend to avoid Barnes as I normally don't get as good of accuracy.
After a little research on the Scirocco they seem to be quite optimistic on their published BC's so while not a total deal killer that is a strike against them.