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#6960251 - 11/14/17 03:02 PM Re: Second try, Light 7mm-08 Ackley Improved, 17" threaded [Re: FiremanJG]
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Oh yea, forgot Josh said he had saw you rolling down the road around the Bells area with this loaded up. Looks awesome!!!
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#6960269 - 11/14/17 03:13 PM Re: Second try, Light 7mm-08 Ackley Improved, 17" threaded [Re: FiremanJG]
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clap roflmao Thank you for the good laugh Kyle.

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#6960282 - 11/14/17 03:17 PM Re: Second try, Light 7mm-08 Ackley Improved, 17" threaded [Re: FiremanJG]
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What powder?
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#6960332 - 11/14/17 03:49 PM Re: Second try, Light 7mm-08 Ackley Improved, 17" threaded [Re: FiremanJG]
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#6960348 - 11/14/17 03:55 PM Re: Second try, Light 7mm-08 Ackley Improved, 17" threaded [Re: dee]
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Originally Posted By: dee
What powder?


Top secret.

But you know...
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#6960447 - 11/14/17 05:16 PM Re: Second try, Light 7mm-08 Ackley Improved, 17" threaded [Re: FiremanJG]
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Most accurate loads I have had in my 18.5 inch 7mm-08 were not with Varget but it comes in a close second to IMR4350. I switched to Varget when it came out for temp stability and got a load that was only 1/8 larger for groups which is well within minute of deer and mine is a hunting rifle that for years I shot 2 to 300 rounds a year from before I started to expand the collection, now it might get 20 to 30 rounds a year. What is left of the barrel will probably out last me at that rate.
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#6960452 - 11/14/17 05:18 PM Re: Second try, Light 7mm-08 Ackley Improved, 17" threaded [Re: FiremanJG]
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Fireman, don't think I complemented you on the fine little rifle. It has to be much handier than your other 7mm-08
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#6960461 - 11/14/17 05:23 PM Re: Second try, Light 7mm-08 Ackley Improved, 17" threaded [Re: FiremanJG]
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The "rental rifle" has been the one by my side most of the time. It shoots precise, and was load developed suppressed. It's layed down lots of coyotes, hogs, and whitetail does. But the barrel is 20" as opposed to this 17", and the barrel is a truck axle. That one weighs 17+ pounds. EVERYONE that shoots it, loves it, it is a joy, prone. But I've moved it from truck to tractor, to UTV, to shop long enough. Not to mention going on walk-about around my place and my neighbors land. I decided I wanted the same bullet weight, at the same MV, but out of a thinner, shorter barrel, and built on a lighter stock. Viola, we have this one.
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#6960474 - 11/14/17 05:33 PM Re: Second try, Light 7mm-08 Ackley Improved, 17" threaded [Re: FiremanJG]
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Understand that, Heaviest rifle I have owned other than the 50 weighted 12lbs and that one got heavy to me on long walks and I carried it for many miles. I much prefer a 7 to 8 lb rifle for those long walks as I have gotten older.

If you read some of P.O. Ackley's books he talks about the reduced case body taper exerting less thrust on the bolt face, of course that reduces some of the things looked for as pressure signs like swipes kn the case head and sticky bolt lift. Interesting in some of his load data notes like Blown primer then a little higher load, case head separation.
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#6960490 - 11/14/17 05:45 PM Re: Second try, Light 7mm-08 Ackley Improved, 17" threaded [Re: kmon1]
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I stepped up pretty high in powder charge, it began opening up, so there was no point in running one of those loads. I got a little shiny ring on some brass, but no real extractor swipes.

In September I load developed a different 7mm-08 A.I. and did find some extractor marks, finally, but I was nearly 3.0 grains above a max load for a standard 7mm-08. I am loving this cartridge! If I were starting anew I think I would run this cartridge for competition shooting as well as hunting, in two rifles. It'll do it all.
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#6960505 - 11/14/17 05:57 PM Re: Second try, Light 7mm-08 Ackley Improved, 17" threaded [Re: FiremanJG]
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Telling me something I figured out years ago. My accuracy load for the 7mm-08 with IMR 4350 is a half grain above max listed load of today and was 1.5 grains lower than the highest load listed with that powder in 1982.

I have used lots of different chambering and rifles hunting over the years but keep going back to the 7mm-08 and the AI version has some good merit. I keep going back to that rifle when I really want to go kill something, it just works. 50+ deer not really sure how many with it and I have only shot one that I didn't watch drop and that one was my fault on shot placement not the gun or cartridge.
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#6960541 - 11/14/17 06:34 PM Re: Second try, Light 7mm-08 Ackley Improved, 17" threaded [Re: FiremanJG]
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Great looking rifle. Love the color of the stock/chassis.
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