Originally Posted by lloydsmale
heres my take on it. Its one of my favorite rounds. Probably not a better combo of smack on an amimal and flat trajectory with mild recoil. that said I havent had the best of luck finding an real accurate one. Ive owned 6 through the years and most seem to be about 1.5 inch or maybe a tad less shooters at a 100 yards. I still havent found that majical 7mag that drives nails with about any load you put in it. Dont know why? Ive had great shooting 280s and my 7stw is one of those guns that shoots everything well. Maybe its just dumb luck. Maybe its because 3 of those 7mags were rugers and i guess i shouldnt have expected them to be sub moa guns. But ive had two remingtons and one winchester and they were nothing to write home about either. Now before you jump on me saying i didnt try enough different loads ill tell you ive shot thousands of rounds of 7mag through the years off the bench looking for that majic gun and recipe. One of these days im going to walk into the gun shop and a 7mag will be sitting there calling me thats going to be that holy grail gun!!!
Mine is a M77, Up till now I haven't had to much trouble finding a sub MOA load, even when it was in factory trim. After I shot that first barrel out, my GS went through the action when he installed the after market barrel, since then it's only been a matter of using good components, and paying attention to detail in load work up. I just got a new stock installed on it, I pillar bedded this one and used Devcon Platsic steel for the bedding material. I am also at the beginning stages of working up a load with 180gr Hybrids and Retumbo. The results from that trip where that 6 different powder charges all shot at the same point of aim made a sub MOA group. My load I used hunting last year 168gr Classic Hunter , and H1000 before was 1/2moa or better, I tried them out after my load testing just to see how they compared to last fall, they went into the same hole, by that I mean the each subsequent shot cleaned up the tattered paper around the edges of the hole. My conclusion is this: My GS did a damned fine job for me, I got my bedding job very right, on a much better stock than the original wood stock. And yes M77's and 7mags can shoot. Not bragging just very very tickled with the results.
I have to wonder though, a load I worked up with matrix bullets went 1/2" at 200, what would it do now? Hmm might have to revisit it again the the 180gr Hybrids to pan out in the end.
Keep in mind the animals we shoot for food and display are not bullet proof. Contrary to popular belief, they bleed and die just like they did a hundred years ago. Being competent with a given rifle is far more important than impressive ballistics and poor shootability. High velocity misses never put a steak in the freezer.