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Old 08-20-2013, 04:15 PM
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7mm-08

My buddies kid is shooting a 7mm-08 Savage Youth Edition, and has asked for some help with reloading. I am not too familiar with this cartridge but would imagine the combos are endless.

He will use it to hunt deer in Idaho and would like to do some LR shooting with me at rocks. So I was thinking a Berger VLD in 140-168 gr. I will likely use the extreme line of powders for temp stability. If anyone has any suggestions on where to start that would be great. I have Hodgon 4350, 4831, Retumbo. I have IMR 4831, 4350, 4064 and Superformance.

Not sure what to expect for speed but any experience shared would be great. I took a kid hunting about 3 years ago who shot a nice 4x4 muley with a 7..-08 at 350 yards. Perfect shot, pass through, 3 steps, DOA.
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Old 08-20-2013, 04:28 PM
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Re: 7mm-08

I use to shoot the 7/08 and my load was a 140 gr bullet w/ 43 grains of Varget, With heavier bullets a slower powder like 4350 might be a little better than Varget.
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Old 08-20-2013, 04:45 PM
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Re: 7mm-08

Using H4350 and Speer 160 gr BTSP in my wife's 7-08. Can't remember the powder charge right at the moment... getting around 2500 fps (yeah... pretty slow) with a 22" barrel.

Right nice, handy little gun and fun to shoot!

I would like to try a berger vld sometime, would think the BC would help out a bit.
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Old 08-20-2013, 07:05 PM
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Re: 7mm-08

I've played quite a bit with 7-08's . I just don't think it has enough case capacity for the 168 bullets . I was over loading to where case life was short , accuracy suffered , and if I remember right I was getting less than 2700 FPS with a hot load . I think 2600 is about max velocity with a safe load in a 24"bbl . I could be wrong on these velocities . I am using 140 Berger hunting VLD's with RL17 powder . velocity is good , accuracy is good , and velocity extreme spread is good . the last day I shot it over my chrony my low was 3077 and my high was 3081 for 5 shots . I think RL17 is a very good powder for the 7-08.
I found an old target with some data for the 168 . this would be after I slowed the velocity .


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Old 08-20-2013, 08:57 PM
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Re: 7mm-08

my wifes savage 7-08 with I think 1 in twelve or thirteen twist likes 47.5 h4350 45 is start 48 max min oal 2.750 from lee modern reloading second edition I use cci lr 140gr hornady ib or nos ab little over 2900 with 22inch barrel work good on deer smacks 10 inch gong every single time at 400yds
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Old 08-20-2013, 09:56 PM
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Re: 7mm-08

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I use to shoot the 7/08 and my load was a 140 gr bullet w/ 43 grains of Varget, With heavier bullets a slower powder like 4350 might be a little better than Varget.
varget will do you well with mid weight pills. h414/w760 and rl15 are also good powders to look at.
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Old 08-20-2013, 10:16 PM
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Re: 7mm-08

Brent
Hello where in Idaho?
Im in Star.
Just worked up a load for m new 7-08 I tried 160, 140 and 120 gr nosler bullets with several powders. None where really great except for 120 gr ballistic tips with 48 gr of CFE223 it shots dime sized groups at 100.
we are shooting almost every sunday for the next few weeks
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