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Old 10-19-2009, 01:21 PM
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Re: bullet choice for a 7 mm

great info ernie
Ill try the amax first
how will it perfrom on elk at long range or a bear short 75 yrds or so?
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Old 10-19-2009, 01:42 PM
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Re: bullet choice for a 7 mm

I have a 7mm mag and use a combination of 160 accubond on anything inside 300 yds and the 162 a-max or 168 berger on anything past 300 yds. I have the 160 accubonds in the magazine and swap to the a-max etc for the long shot.

I have shot red deer, fallow and tahr with the 162 a-max from 358 to 638 yds, all but one shot were complete pass throughs all but two were one shot kills (one of those was the shooters fault not the bullsts) most shots were DRT.

I would be reluctant to use an a-max on a bear at close range.

I haven't shot anything as big as an elk with the a-max (not too many in NZ) but take a look at BOTW to see what they are doing with the 168 berger on elk.

I sight in for the a-max and then see where the 160 accubonds hit, luckily for me they are essentialy the same point of impact.

I got the 168 bergers to shoot within 0.5 MOA first time, use the method desrcribed in this thread Getting the Best Precision and Accuracy from Berger VLD bullets in Your Rifle
So far, with the bergers, I have taken one red deer at 594 yds, complete pass through, the animal dropped on the spot with a high shoulder shot, but did require a finisher as the bullet was a bit high and didn't penetrate the chest cavity.

Hope all this helps,

Stu.
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Old 10-19-2009, 03:42 PM
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Re: bullet choice for a 7 mm

Stu
Thanks for the info
very interesting idea amax for long range and accubond for short wiht no change in your scope settings
will have to give that a try
what are you using for a load?
thanks
les
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Old 10-19-2009, 04:03 PM
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Re: bullet choice for a 7 mm

I am using federal brass, fed 215 primer ADI2217/H1000 73 grs, gives 3087 with the berger (26" barrel), Watch that load as I think my batch is a bit slower than usual.
About 72.5 gr gives 3067 with the 160 accubond.

If you are only going to use one proj, try the 160 accubond, reasonable BC, bonded core, accurate.

Stu
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Old 10-19-2009, 04:30 PM
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Re: bullet choice for a 7 mm

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great info ernie
Ill try the amax first
how will it perfrom on elk at long range or a bear short 75 yrds or so?
thanks
retiredcpo
I wouldn't use the A-Max on bear or elk myself.
I would use the Berger though
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Old 10-19-2009, 05:26 PM
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Re: bullet choice for a 7 mm

ernie
Will the bergers perform well at both long and short ranges?
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Old 10-19-2009, 05:33 PM
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Re: bullet choice for a 7 mm

They have so far for me.
Antelope under 100 to mule buck at 600 yards.
A buddy just used them for a bull elk last week (7mm 169's)
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