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7MM Mag factory ammo recommendation for elk

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7MM Mag factory ammo recommendation for elk

I am posting this for a friend that has a Weatherby Accumark in 7MM Mag - not sure of the barrel length (24"?) or twist (1:9.5"?) but he is now using a HSM 180gr Berger VLD grouping ~1.00" at 100 yards. Prior to that he was using 160gr NABs (IIRC), same or close to the Berger grouping.

I offered to load for him if he buys the dies (I have a 7MM STW dies but not the 7MM Mag dies) and whatever bullet he wants but he insist staying with factory ammo. Anyways, not sure where he read it but apparently he is convinced that a 168gr will group better. HSM has 168grainers.

Shots will be all under 500 yards, most likely 200-250 yards. Looking forward for any information to pass to him. Thank you in advance for your support and understanding.

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    Re: 7MM Mag factory ammo recommendation for elk

    For my 7RM, I load 70gr of H1000 fitted with a Berger 168 VLD or 160 NAB, and a Federal 215 primer.

    COL is up to the individual rifle and chamber.

    You do know you can pick up a set of 7RM dies for fairly cheap, and just have him pay you back...

    7mm Remington Mag | Rifle Reloading Dies | Dies - Reloading

    I use these dies, and they work great: RCBS 2-Die Neck Sizer Set 7mm Remington Mag
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    Re: 7MM Mag factory ammo recommendation for elk

    HSM180gr Berger VLD.

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    Ed, If it were me I would start with the cheapest ammo shooting bullets in the 175 class and heavier. BC is not a factor and any accuracy of MOA or less is plenty good to 500 yds. I have read (and experienced) plenty of reports of cheap ammo shooting just as well or better as the premium stuff.
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    For my 7RM, I load 70gr of H1000 fitted with a Berger 168 VLD or 160 NAB, and a Federal 215 primer.

    COL is up to the individual rifle and chamber.

    You do know you can pick up a set of 7RM dies for fairly cheap, and just have him pay you back...

    7mm Remington Mag | Rifle Reloading Dies | Dies - Reloading

    I use these dies, and they work great: RCBS 2-Die Neck Sizer Set 7mm Remington Mag
    Understand but as noted, he wants to stick with factory ammo.
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    Wbm, he's sighted in at 2.5" at 100 yards with the 180 Berger with an MV of 2850 FPS (chronoed).

    Mark, IIRC he used to shoot corelokts with basically the same result ... and the same reason I offered to load for him. I told him the same thing about standard vs preimum ammo but he's a bit on the stubborn side.

    Thanks!

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    Your friend should try Federal's products which in my opinion are of top quality. For large game like elk he needs ammo that penetrates and delivers good terminal performance. 160gr. Nosler Partition, 160gr. Trophy Bonded Tip (my favorite) and 175gr Trophy Bonded Bear Claw.
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