Re: advice for 7mm-08 162 amax
I regularely shoot a 7mm-08 and love the cartridge for whitetail hunting. I've also used it for shooting groundhogs at a fair distance. However, I never felt that it had enough UMPHFFF [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img] for shooting deer at 500yd-600yds.
Maybe I'm too conservative but I would MUCH rather shoot a 7mm mag at those distances for taking any biggame. Actually, I rebarreled my 7mm mag to 7STW for just that purpose.
You need to move high BC bullets at a respectable velocity to minimize drop, minimize wind drift and to maximize energy at the target. While I'm sure that it is possible to take deer at long range with the 7mm-08, it would not be my choice for that intention.
How about 2 barrels for that Encore? [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]