After being inspired by this site and the many great long range achievments of the members I decided that I would get started in the game. I havnt kicked off with a big 338 anything yet but thought that it would be best to cut my teeth with a Cal that can do it all without stepping into the woppers right off (I sense i am headed that way though)
I started by having a nice 7mm rem mag put together I have a Rem 700 action an Australian MAB match 26" fluted barrel 1:9 twist, Hs Presision stock , Trigger ,Magazine set, and a nightforce 5.5-22x56
in NF rings and a 20moa base.
I loaded and fired my first 20 rounds today at 100 yards only and was delighted with the performance It shot a one hole 3 shot group and then two five shot groups 3/4 of an inch
I love the 7 mag and I know many of you here are experienced with it , I chronographed my rounds today , they were new Nosler brass 64grns of ADI 2213sc powder and the Sierra 168g
match king the average was 2931 fps.
The book max is 65grns for this powder , at my load of 64 there is no sign of pressure and It looks like I can proceed to creep ahead a little in speed.
Can any of you chip in with a little advice for a newby do you have a pet load or some avice on a top speed I should aim for in the 7 mag , I also have some Berger 168g VLD's on the way I hear and see great things about these bullets.
I am for the best part a deer hunter , Red stags , Rusa Deer , and Chital (Axis deer) some fallow
I have some places here in Australia where you can see for miles and hope to shoot out to 800 yards or so where the opportunity presents.
Guys thanks in advance , I am really pumped at what this rifle did today and Im excited about what I may be able to get out of it yet.