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Help: Ammo for my new 7mmRM Tikka T3 Lite

 
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Old 09-19-2008, 01:52 PM
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Help: Ammo for my new 7mmRM Tikka T3 Lite

Hello everyone,

I just purchased a Tikka T3 Lite 7mm Rem Mag rifle. I have never owned a 7mm, so I was looking to maybe get some help. I have come to prefer the ballistic tip type of ammo, I feel they are more accurate and better results in my experience with take down. So I was curious on what type of ammo I should get to sight it in and use this season. I am hunting white tail deer with it primarily.

Any suggestions on grain, type, etc. I'd like to get an ammo that is relatively affordable, and hopefully something I could find at a store, so I don't have to order online or from the manufacturer each time. Thanks for your help.

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Old 09-19-2008, 02:18 PM
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Re: Help: Ammo for my new 7mmRM Tikka T3 Lite

If you reload, I would suggest using the 162 hornady amax.

You may find this also sold as commercial cartridges by Hornady but I am not sure.
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Old 09-19-2008, 04:14 PM
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Re: Help: Ammo for my new 7mmRM Tikka T3 Lite

I have had very impressive groups from my 7mmRM with Winchester Supreme Ballistic Silvertips 150gr. They are about $36.00 a box.
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Old 09-20-2008, 03:14 AM
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Re: Help: Ammo for my new 7mmRM Tikka T3 Lite

I have two Tikka T3's in 7mm RM. They both shoot 140 gr Nosler Ballistic Tips and Accubonds less than .75 moa, and they both shoot 160 gr Nosler Accubonds to about 0.6 moa. These are bullets I have reloaded. Never fired any factory loads.

Berger 168 gr VLDs shoot the best - about 0.3-0.4 moa out of one of my T3 Lites.

Neither rifle shot the 139 gr Hornady Interbonds very well. The plastic tips were crooked on my Hornady bullets right in the box. In fact some tips were loose and one fell off in my hand. So I'm not into Hornady Interbonds. I hear their A-maxs shoot pretty good but the A-max's are pretty explosive on game from what I've read.

If you're buying factory loads I'd look for some Federal brand shells loaded with either Nosler Ballistic Tips or Accubonds.
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Old 09-20-2008, 12:09 PM
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Re: Help: Ammo for my new 7mmRM Tikka T3 Lite

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I have had very impressive groups from my 7mmRM with Winchester Supreme Ballistic Silvertips 150gr. They are about $36.00 a box.
I completly agree. My 7rm loved the 150 ballistic tips. I think Winchester supreme line has 160 accubonds! I would give them a try. I switched to the accubonds to due meat damage.

I reload So i have not tried the factory loaded 160 accubonds, but the ussally shoot just as good.

Good luck!
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Old 09-20-2008, 02:38 PM
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Re: Help: Ammo for my new 7mmRM Tikka T3 Lite

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I switched to the accubonds to due meat damage.

I reload So i have not tried the factory loaded 160 accubonds, but the ussally shoot just as good.

Good luck!
Good idea and I do the same the Accubonds. They'll throw a little less lead out into the wound channel and cause a bit less meat damage compared to the Ballistic Tips. They both shoot just about the same out of my rifles. Which is to say... good.

I forgot about the Winchester's being loaded with Nosler's ballistic tips. I don't buy factory loads, but I agree that's another good way to go to try some BTs or ABs out of your rifle.
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Old 09-21-2008, 08:56 PM
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Re: Help: Ammo for my new 7mmRM Tikka T3 Lite

What cartridge were you shooting before?

At 7mm velocites, ballistic tips are going to want to blow up.

I would look at Winchester or Federal Accubonds, Hornady Interbonds or SSTs, Remington with the Swift Scirroccos. Or give the Barnes a try.

Those bullets are going to hold up a lot better.

I would think a 140 grain ballistic tip at 3200+fps is going to equal a lot of meat damage.
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