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Best bullet weight for 7mm08

I am about to start reloading 7mm08 and I am interested in talking with someone who has experience with this caliber in different bullet weights. I have some 140 grain spbt and I am interested in another weight in either 120 grain or 160 grain. I am a big whitetail hunter and I suspect the heavier bullet will do better. My rifle twist rate is 1 in 9.5. can anyone help me decide before I invest in bullets that my rifle won't like.
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    Re: Best bullet weight for 7mm08

    I like the Barnes 120 in my rifle.
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    Re: Best bullet weight for 7mm08

    my best results with sierra 1930, (168grs) primers ccibr2, vitha n150:39grs, or sierra 1915(150grs) primers ccibr2,vitha n160 46grs, shoot 300mtrs. 2680 fps; rifle rem 700.

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    Re: Best bullet weight for 7mm08

    140g Accubond, 47g H4350, Winchester large rifle primer.

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    Re: Best bullet weight for 7mm08

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    I am about to start reloading 7mm08 and I am interested in talking with someone who has experience with this caliber in different bullet weights. I have some 140 grain spbt and I am interested in another weight in either 120 grain or 160 grain. I am a big whitetail hunter and I suspect the heavier bullet will do better. My rifle twist rate is 1 in 9.5. can anyone help me decide before I invest in bullets that my rifle won't like.
    The 7mm/08 is one of my favorite deer rifles for many reasons (To many to list) and
    I have tried every bullet known to man and even though I love the accubond on most
    of my rifles the best deer bullet for the 7mm/08 In "My" opinion is the 120gr balistic
    tip !!!!!!!

    I use H414 and Varget to get the best velocities (3000 to 3100ft/sec)and the best group
    to date is a .053 5 shot group @ 100 yrds.

    Even though the 160 gr bullets work well in the big 7mms it doesent in the 7/08 (not enough
    velocity).

    Try the 120 Blistic tip and you will be amazed.

    Do a search for =Any experience with a nosler 120 Ballistic Tip (.284") for more details.

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    Re: Best bullet weight for 7mm08

    You are getting many different opinions so I will add my experience. I have loaded for my hunting buddy's 7-08 for a number of years and he loves it for deer hunting. He has never lost a deer with this load and he has shot seven deer from 40 yards to 300 yards. In 2008 he took his biggest deer at 300 yards with a bullet through the heart. The deer ran less than 50 yards.

    We used Hornady's 139 BTSP in RP cases and a full dose of RL-19 for a velocity of just short of 2900 ft/sec.. This load will do a number on deer.
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    Re: Best bullet weight for 7mm08

    The 140 gr BT is an excellent bullet for the 7mm-08. If you want to try a different weight, consider the 120 gr BT. The 120 gr uses the 140 gr BT jacket but is cut back to meet the 120 gr profile, This makes for a thicker jacket on the 120 gr BT. It is a very accurate and robust bullet.

    Here is a recovered 120 gr BT recovered from water jugs at 100 yds. MV approx.3400 fps from my 280 AI.

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