My 7mm08 was the first rifle I loaded for. The rifle is a rem 700 mtn with a 22" light barrel. I played with bullet weights from 120 to 162, I ended up settling on 139 gr hornady btsp. The 120bt shot great, but I must have had a batch with thin jackets because they basically blew up on impact, granted this was twenty years ago. It was so long ago that I'm don't remember the powder I was using, the speeds were in the mid 2900. The load I settled on 42gr of imr 4064 with the 139 btsp, which gave me just a little above 2700. I also had good luck with R19, but it is blinding at low light out of my 22" barrel. Most of my deer hunting is done where most shots are 100 yds max, but I have drop a few 250+ with the load. If I was planning on a stand where my shots would be longer, I would probably be toting another rifle.
To each, his own. A man should let his rifle tell him what it likes. The 7-08 is about as close to the perfect Eastern deer gun as you can get. Of course, That's just my opinion, and I could be wrong. :-)
You're not wrong. I hunt Nova Scotia, which is about as far east as you'll find whitetails. I've been using the 7mm-08 (and the 45-70) ever since 1984. It works!
I have been working up loads for my new 7-08 build. So far I have tried the 162 A-Max 39.2gr, and the 150 SMK's 42.0gr. Both with varget. I also have a 1:9.5 twist 24''barrel. Next I'm going to start playing with seating depth. I also want to try the 140 VLD's. These are some results from a round robin OCW test.
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