Hey guys- I recently picked up a 7 Rum sendero(9.5 twist) and am getting ready to start handloading for it. There is alot of talented people on this site, and was hoping for some insight on bullet choices. I intend to hunt with this rifle(with long distance in mind). Primarily deer and hopefully elk every year. I'm hoping to push it out to 800 yrds(or better) .
I have been researching the vld, I have mixed emotions about it due to my rifle's twist , finicky bullet to load in a finicky caliber?? Seems like everything I read on the vld is a 50/50 proposition as far as performance (on game and 3200-3300 fps applications). My second choice was the 160 accubond(wish they had a heavier bullet). Is there something else I should consider for elk size game at long distance with this set up??
Thanks for any input.
Hello,I am runing the same rifle/caliber with hand loads and found my rifle liked both the 140 and 160 accubond equally well, as far as grouping goes.I have taken both deer and bull elk with the 154-162 hornady sst and H1000 with great results, on a good day at the range this load groups in the .75s@ 200yd bone stock rifle.I have no experience with the bergers,for me it came down to the expected impact velocity on game.HOPE THIS HELPS YA OUT!
I had a friend shooting 180 accubonds in his 300 weatherby mag 2 years ago on a trip to colorado. He shot a bull at a lazered 399 yds. The shot was thru the ribs on a broadside animal. Even though the bull dropped in its tracks, the performance was not what we were hoping for. The bullet didn't stay together like it should have. It only penetrated approx. half way thru the chest. Could've been a fluke. Who knows, but we were expecting complete penetration. 3150 was the muzzle velocity on his load. I shot a mule deer with 140 accubonds at 3250 muzzle at a distance of 475 and it performed great. I was shooting a 270 weatherby mag on that hunt. Take it for what it's worth. Bullets do funny things.
I just purchased a used Remington 700 in 7 RUM, and it came with the 180 bergers. I haven't got a scope on it, or started to load yet. But, given the length of the mag box, I can't load anywhere near the lands with the VLD's Just for fun, I bought a box of the new Barnes LRX in 168 grain with a BC of 550. I'll load some vld's and some LRX's and see how each do. If not, my 270 WSM liked the 130 accubonds, so my next choice was those in 160gr.