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Unread 01-31-2007, 05:39 PM
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Re: 7mm long range bullet

The 168/180 Berger VLDs would do nicely [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]
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Unread 01-31-2007, 06:40 PM
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If you plan to use this rifle on deer size games, then an Accubond or Ballistic Tip will be your ticket. 140 or 150 will be an ideal weight for this caliber. A slow burning powder like IMR 4831 or the Hodgdon equivalent will be perfect for this round.
To achieve the maximum possible accuracy, all variables must be remove or at least minimize.
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Unread 01-31-2007, 10:02 PM
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Re: 7mm long range bullet

Thanks for the input fellas. I'll try the sst and the Ballistic tips in my 280. Being realistic, how far can whitetail be taken with the 280. Shawn had mentioned after 1000 it runs out of steam. So what does this mean in distance on little game like w/t deer? I know elk are another game altogether so I would even ask about that.

What's the take on usable range for game? Remember I won't try until I'm certain to make the hit and have taken training, and lots of shooting. Want to be responsible and not a slacker.

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Unread 02-01-2007, 04:55 AM
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Re: 7mm long range bullet

Hey Shortshooter, welcome to the game.

I worked up a load a few years ago using the Hornady 162gr SPBT bullet which shot extremely well. Problem is somewhere through the years that data hid and is doing a great job of staying that way.

I am currently working with it again and am using the same bullets, along with the A-Max. I just want to get something up and running that I can shoot the thing with.

Either of the bullets your looking at will work but the heavier will provide better downrange energy, and buck the wind better. I was getting somewhere in the neighborhood of 2850 with the load I was using, and getting one hole groups at 200yds. I never really tried it out much after developing the loads as I had other things I was also playing with at the time.

Good luck with yours,
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Unread 02-01-2007, 06:42 PM
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Re: 7mm long range bullet

I've set my maximum hunting range between 500-600 yds. Plenty of horsepower and energy to let the bullet do it's job. I'm not particularly fond of the Nosler BT bullet or SMKs, as I've experienced these bullets disintegrating on impact using standard cartridges/velocities at ranges around 100 yds. Jacket separation at the point of impact leads to bloodshot meat, but fails to reach the vitals and make a clean kill. Even at ranges beyond 300 yds, launched from magnum cartridges, often produces the same effect.
At 540 yds, I have no problem dropping the rifle silhouette
Ram all day long using a Barnes 150 gr TSX on top of H4831,
from my 280 Rem. Accuracy is excellent! A problem comes up with the wind, especially above a 10mph, which moves the lighter bullet 6 inches or so.
If you opt to try the Barnes bullet, and follow the loading instructions that come with the bullets, my load is H4831,
RP case, Fed 210M primer, OAL: 3.30". My load chronographs
(five shot avg) 3000 fps MV, and is completely safe in my rifle, and still get around 7 reloads per case.
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