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Re: Best bullet weight for 7mm08

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.
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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!

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Re: Best bullet weight for 7mm08

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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That's some pretty good results!
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Re: Best bullet weight for 7mm08

Seems like a lot of people like the 120 BTs and they work for them but think about this...a 120 BT @ 3000fps loses velocity and energy significantly faster than the higher weight and BC bullets even at a slower speed.

I'm currently building a 7mm-08 based around shooting 162 AMAXs, 162 ELD-Xs, and 168 Hunting VLDs out to 500 yards.

Here is some good info for you:
120gr BT drops 41.3" @ 500 yards with 1936fps and 998ft/lbs energy
162gr AMAX drops 45" @ 500 yards with 2007fps and 1449ft/lbs energy
Both at 200 yard zero

I know there's a lot of weights in between those two but run the numbers and see what comes out on top. I would consider the 168 VLDs the heaviest effective round for 7mm-08.
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