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Old 04-04-2009, 07:59 PM
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Re: Best bullet weight for 7mm08

For whitetails i had a 284 and the Speer 115 was awesome on deer.
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Old 04-04-2009, 08:44 PM
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Re: Best bullet weight for 7mm08

+1 on the 120 Btip. Awesome and flat. what more can you ask for.

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Old 04-04-2009, 09:01 PM
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Re: Best bullet weight for 7mm08

120grain bullets in a 7mm...on deer? although there is plenty of anacdotal evidence here, I think that's a bit light (J E Custom is quite the authority though). I would suggest the 140's. With a 9.5 twist, you've got enough twist to stabilize a 150. Probably would not do well with the 160.
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Re: Best bullet weight for 7mm08

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120grain bullets in a 7mm...on deer? although there is plenty of anacdotal evidence here, I think that's a bit light (J E Custom is quite the authority though). I would suggest the 140's. With a 9.5 twist, you've got enough twist to stabilize a 150. Probably would not do well with the 160.
Thanks 280 but there are lots of experienced hunters/shooters on this site and I just shared
my experience with the 7/08.

I like bigger bullets like most but in this case the velocity with bigger bullets is just to slow to
perform like they should in the 7/08 .

I know that the larger bullets have better BCs than the 120s but even at 400 yrds the 120
has 300 ft/lbs more energy than the 160, and I consider the 7/08 a 600yrd hunting rifle.

The longest shot I have made with the 120gr BT in 7/08 was 538yrds with a custom XP 100
pistol and the deer fell in his tracts shot just behind the shoulder.

I have killed a lot of deer with the 140s,150s, and 160gr bullets and they all ran from 5 to 50
yrds before dropping.the 120s drop them where they stand.

For target shooting I would use the 150 or 160gr bullets because expansion is not an issue.

There are 3 more 7/08s in my family and they did not believe it ether untill they tried them
and now they all shoot 120 BTs at white tails.

Shoot what you like but try the 120 and you will see what I am talking about.

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Re: Best bullet weight for 7mm08

One part of enjoying this site is hearing what everyone else uses. I dont believe in large bullets for deer hunting. I believe high velocity is what kills. In the last 15 years of hunting whitetail in Md. and Pa. the largest bullet i shoot is a 100 gr out of my 257 whby. or 100 grain out of my 260. Now i havent shot anything over 400 yards mainly around 150 and under due to my area. I cant remember the last deer i ever shot twice though. However the most popular caliber in my area is the old 30-06 and i get a few laughs out of guys shooting deer 2-3 times to kill them. I killed my largest buck this past season with a 223 50 grain hornady sp, it didnt even take 2 steps. I have some friends ribbing me about my woodchuck bullets but they have done well for me.
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Old 04-05-2009, 08:21 AM
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Re: Best bullet weight for 7mm08

J E Custom:
I acquiesce. Thanks for posting your additional anecdotal evidence. I don't have a 7-08. I've got a .280 though and it shoots 150s really well. It seemed to me that a 7-08 and a 280 would pretty much shoot the same diet of bullets. Knowing that a 7-08 will shoot the 120s I'll be giving some serious consideration to this caliber when I rebarrel my .308.
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Re: Best bullet weight for 7mm08

When I put together my son's 7mm-08, who was eight at the time, I loaded the 120BT because I thought the recoil might be a little lighter. But like J E Custom said every deer he/I has ever killed with it looked as if they were struck by lightning and they are very accurate.
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