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Looking for the right scope and bullet for a 7mm rem mag

 
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Old 08-06-2013, 10:57 AM
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Looking for the right scope and bullet for a 7mm rem mag

hi guys, i am new to med. and long range shooting and up to last fall my deer hunting has been in the north woods of mn and the shots are with in a 100 yds. last nov. we decided to try deer hunting central SD and loved it i have a new savage 16 fcss weather warrior in 7mm rem mag love the rifle and i am good out to 500 yds with it. I would like a new scope with variable power 4-14 or so and zero stop and the other bells and whistles like the nightforce but i don't want it so big for hunting in the brush in mn i found a lepold that seems too fit the bill but i have been reading that there is better options out there.

Also i need a bullet that can handle 50 yds as well as 600 yds maybe more the hornady sst i was shooting in SD last year grenaded on two deer at 100 yds. i don't think they will hold up busting brush in northern mn.

i would like this to be a set up that could work in both places but maybe i deed two different loads and guns
thanks
Duane
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Old 08-06-2013, 11:39 AM
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Re: Looking for the right scope and bullet for a 7mm rem mag

What type of budget are you looking at for the scope? As far as bullets, I would look into the Berger 180 VLDs, the Accubond 160's, or the new Long Range Accubond 168's or 175's.
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Old 08-06-2013, 11:58 AM
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Re: Looking for the right scope and bullet for a 7mm rem mag

I will spend what I need to for a scope but I would like to keep it 1500.00 or lower
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Old 08-06-2013, 12:32 PM
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Re: Looking for the right scope and bullet for a 7mm rem mag

Welcome you are on the right forum to find your answers. Just continue to keep reading and reading and you will learn what is best.

FROM EXPERIENCE YOU NEED TO INVEST ALOT OF TIME IN YOUR PURSUIT. All the technology will only help you drain your saving unless you Practice shooting at least once a week.

In my opinion you need two guns. One for up close maximum range 100-150 YARDS AND ANOTHER SETUP FOR LONG RANGE SHOTS. THAT IS WHAT I DO AND IT WORKS FOR ME. A BRUSH GUN FOR WHEN THAT 10 PT WHITETAIL( GETS UP AT 20 YDS )AND AN ACCURATE TACK DRIVER FOR LONG RANGE SHOTS.

CONSIDER THE BERGER VLD HUNTING BULLET WHEN YOU CAN FIND THEM AND IF YOUR GUN LIKES THEM. WHICH BRINGS UP LOADING ANOTHER MONTH OF CONVERSATION AND LEARNING.


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Old 08-06-2013, 12:54 PM
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Re: Looking for the right scope and bullet for a 7mm rem mag

Scope: Zeiss MC Conquest Rifle Scope 6.5-20x 50mm Side Focus Target Turrets

Projectiles: Berger Hunting Bullets 284 Cal 7mm (284 Diameter) 168 Grain VLD Hollow or Nosler AccuBond Bullets 284 Cal 7mm (284 Diameter) 160 Grain Bonded
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Old 08-06-2013, 05:28 PM
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Re: Looking for the right scope and bullet for a 7mm rem mag

I have a similar situation, I live in western SD, hunt in Eastern WY, and in Easter ND. For deer in ND, I will use a sporter barreled 270win BDL, but have my 7mm Rem Mag Sendero with a Leupold 6-20 for the long stuff. Pretty good scope that I got a descent price on used. I am working up some 168gr Bergers right now, but to be honest, the only thing I regret is not jumping right to the 180's and being done with it. I would recommend 2 guns, but if you were gonna just shoot one, go big or go home with the 180's. Droping to a 168 wouldn't even be noticeable so I would probably maximize my abilities out long.

Like was stated above, practice more than anything. I will probably shoot these 168's I have up, and then work on some 180's and go from there.
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Old 08-07-2013, 12:04 AM
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Re: Looking for the right scope and bullet for a 7mm rem mag

I don't know the terrain your in, but for me I move a lot when I hunt. That could be glassing an alpine bowl in the morning and bushwhacking through a swamp or thicket in the evening.
I cannot stand having two guns, and I cannot stand being a one dimensional shooter. If selecting scope and rifle combo I limit myself to 800 yards (as to 1000+) but I open up the effectiveness at close range I am happy to drop the 200 yards of effective range (OK, I'm not happy, but you get the point).

I would go for the Nightforce if you have the coin, but if your worried about weight leupold mark 4 are nice, any of the swaros or ziess's and I personally really like the Vortex. Bushnell has a very high magnification range but I don't know about overall quality and I wont buy a scope without matching turret/reticle.

As for magnification range I would say that your right on with the 4 on the low end and 14 or higher on the high side. You can go more than 14 but no more than 18 unless you get a March that has a very good bottom end.
I have a 2.5-10x44 that I love, but it would be nice to have a bit more magnification after 600 yards.

as for 7mm bullets, 160 AB or 180 berger.
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