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7mm-08 for deer hunting

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Old 12-18-2013, 09:03 PM
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7mm-08 for deer hunting

I'm looking at buying a 7mm-08 and is wondering if anyone has had experience with one. It would be used for deer hunting. What do u think the farthest you could kill a deer at using 130 accubonds?
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Old 12-18-2013, 09:10 PM
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Re: 7mm-08 for deer hunting

Well.........I bought my sons both one each at the age of 16, Remington model 7 7.08.

Now they are 23, the other 26, and they have killed tons of deer with them.
I did put a new stock, and a jewell trigger in one of them.

My 26 year old does not want another gun...as he has taken it elk hunting, and all in all it has served him well. Something to be said having one gun for all your needs.

My 23 year old, just sold his for a custom 243.

We shoot 140 grain Nosler Accubonds in the 7.08 and have never had to look far for any of his deer. Not sure how far you can kill a deer with it.... but just this year he had his longest kill, at 368 yards, and the deer ran 10 yards....
Mighty Man
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Old 12-18-2013, 09:23 PM
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Re: 7mm-08 for deer hunting

With a factory load like federal 140 grn TSX or remington 140 grn corelokt at roughly 2,800 fps and a BC of .400 will be adequate to 400 yards on deer size game. I feel like if you hand load you will extend that range with better bullets and powders.
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Old 12-18-2013, 09:31 PM
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Re: 7mm-08 for deer hunting

The 7mm-08 will be a great deer round. When it comes to shooting at game at distance it's more of a combination of factors than just, "is this cartridge good at this distance?" You need to consider shooting ability, are you able to consistantly hit the vitals at a given distance. For the sake of the question we will say 450 yards. At 450 yards, will the projectile you have selected, do what its supposed to do when it impacts the animal? (expand, penetrate etc...) 7mm bullets have great BCs and are great for longer range shots. They make alot of differenct types of hunting bullets and factory ammo for the 7mm-08. I'd say if you are an accomplished shooter that with the right projectile that the 7mm-08 would take down a Whitetail at 500 yards. Just remember the vitals get mighty small at that range.
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Old 12-18-2013, 09:44 PM
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Re: 7mm-08 for deer hunting

I love the 7-08 on deer. Good performer, low recoil, versatile in terms of loads.

I ran it quickly on JBM. With a 140gr Accubond at 2800MV you should hold 1000# of energy out to about 550yds.

With a heavier, higher BC bullet (even at significantly lower velocity) the same program is showing 1000# out to 700yds (168 gr Berger VLD/2600fps) or 600yds (160gr NAB/2650fps).
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Old 12-18-2013, 09:47 PM
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Re: 7mm-08 for deer hunting

Thanks for the quick replys. I use a 7wsm right now but the 7-08 will be my wife's gun she did have a custom 260 topped with a nightforce but she wasn't shooting it as much as she wanted to so she sold it and now doesn't want to stick all that money into a custom and a night force so I thing we will be going with a tikka t3 stainless with a viper pst.
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Old 12-18-2013, 10:38 PM
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Re: 7mm-08 for deer hunting

that is the exact same rifle I am getting for my fiance and her daughter. I have a T3 in 270 wsm and love it, It is the smoothest , best shooting gun I own.
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