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Novice: 7RM out to 600 yds.

 
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Old 06-28-2009, 02:34 PM
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Novice: 7RM out to 600 yds.

Hello All..

I'm glad to have found this awesome site, it has definitely sparked my interest as a hunter desiring to increase my self-imposed max from 300 yds to 600 yds. with extreme confidence; by understanding the art and through much practice before heading afield...

I have a new factory rifle Rem 798 7RM 24" barrel that's been GB/FF and I've only shot <40 rds of factory ammo to break-in the barrel WW 150gr. Power-Points 100yd 3-shot groups average sub-MOA.

I'm looking for up-to-date recommendations on a [best-value-for-$$$] variable-power scope and a practice and hunting bullet for deer and hogs.

I am a hand-loader.

Any help would be extremely appreciated...and its a pleasure to be on this site to learn from you all

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Old 06-28-2009, 02:46 PM
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Re: Novice: 7RM out to 600 yds.

Welcome to the site, I have a 7mm mag and I use 160 accubonds and 162 a-max. I use these bullets because of the high BC, especially the 162 a-max. Although I am about to switch to the 168 berger because the 162 a-max is unobtainable in New Zealand at the moment.
I tend to use the 160 AB inside 300 yards and the 162 a-max past 300 yards. My friend took a large feral pig with the 162 a-max at 386 yards with my rifle. DRT.
On my rifle I have a VX III 4.5 -14 x 40 LR. I like it, but don't know if it is the best value for money scope.

Hope this helps,

Stu.
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Old 06-28-2009, 03:08 PM
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Re: Novice: 7RM out to 600 yds.

Thanks Stu!

I have NO experience with the 7RM whatsoever!

Only been hunting with my 30-06 150grain Power-Points and 180gr Partition handloads. So whatever you folks can tell me about good hunting bullets in this chambering is a huge benefit for me. Why the differences in bullets for the ranges you mentioned...I don't know a thing about the A-max bullet, is it a too frangible bullet at close range for the speeds associated with the 7RM?

On the scope I was hoping for something a bit cheaper but still reliable...

Aloha!

Ro

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Old 06-28-2009, 04:38 PM
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Re: Novice: 7RM out to 600 yds.

Would this Bushnell 5-15x40mm be a good buy for my needs for deer and hogs out to 500-600 yds?

Thanks!


MidwayUSA - Bushnell Elite 3200 Tactical Rifle Scope 5-15x 40mm Adjustable Objective Mil-Dot Reticle Matte
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Old 06-28-2009, 05:24 PM
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Re: Novice: 7RM out to 600 yds.

The a-max is a soft bullet. I used it on some feral goats at ranges around 200 yards. All of them dropped on the spot. I can't remember whether the bullets exited or not, I know on at least one billy goat it did not exit on a broadside shoulder/chest shot.
They would not not be my first choice close range bullet. But being soft you get reliable expansion at long range. My friend shot a bull tahr with the 162 amax at 630 yards, the shot took it in the back of the ribcage and passed through, probably taking the spine out as well. Bull tahr are tough animals with thick skins and solid muscles.

The accubond is a controlled expansion, bonded core bullet. It is designed to behave like a partition bullet, but with a polymer tip and better BC. If you were only to use bullet in a 7mm mag, this is the one I would reccomend.

If you were definetly staying inside 600 yards you could look at using the 140 accubond and ballistic tip, they are essentially the same bullet, but the accubond is bonded and a stronger bullet. They have the same BC and would probably shoot identically. This means you could use the ballistic tip for practice and the accubond on game.

For powder, H4831 SC for the 140's H1000 for the 160's, although people also like R 22 for the 7 mag.

Hope all this helps, sorry no experience with that scope (you could possibly re-post that questions in the optics sections)

stu.
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Old 06-28-2009, 05:53 PM
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Re: Novice: 7RM out to 600 yds.

Stu thank you for being the sole source here today...it helps alot!

I'll be staying inside 600yds for a good long while so I'll give the 140 grainers a try to see if my rifle eats'um...I appreciate all you shared...
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Old 06-28-2009, 07:39 PM
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Re: Novice: 7RM out to 600 yds.

The A-Max and Berger's are probably the better extended range bullets, if for nothing else but their higher BC. I too limit my 7mag to 600 for deer. If I want to go further I bring the Edge. The 162gr SST's I shoot in my 7mm are half the price of most, have a .550bc, shoot sub 1/2moa groups out of my rifle, and are devastating on deer from 50 yards to 450 (my farthest kill with). I have had big exit wounds on every deer I've killed with it.
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