Re: New to the site and a quick question to start off.
Another Canuck!!Welcome. I am in the OK valley, BC. I have just started using a 7RM and SST/AMax 162gr bullets.
For me, I will hunt in areas of big mule deer, moose and black bear. My hunting style involves some longer shots so want the extra mass of the 7mm bullets. My orig rig was a 6.5-06. Awesome but am concerned about hitting power beyond 700yds.
I too am finding really good results with the hornady bullets and Re25/H1000. In prepped brass and warm loads, I have consistent 1/2 MOA at 180yds. This from a factory Savage 110. Not bad at all.
Will start LR shooting soon. Big down side is that barrel heats up very quickly.
I would suggest you look at the SST's/Amax bullets especially if you intend on shooting further more often then close. At 3000fps, either bullet will hold together at 100yds but will offer much better terminal performance way out there. Simple reason, the bullets are easier to expand.
At 500yds, your impact velocity is around 2200 to 2300fps. You don't want a tough bullet at these velocities.