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Seeking accuracy and recoil reduction in 7mm-08 rifle

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Unread 04-13-2011, 10:16 AM
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Seeking accuracy and recoil reduction in 7mm-08 rifle

My first post... here goes!

Up until now, my shooting has been limited to older cartridge, lead bullet types (.30-30, .38-55), as well as various handguns, which function at much lower pressures and velocities than this new rifle. I also have a wonderful CZ 527 Varmint in .204 Ruger. I handload for everything I shoot and I cast all my bullets, except of course for the .204 and the new gun. I frequently shoot targets at the two gun clubs I belong to, purely for the recreation and enjoyment of it.

I recently purchased my first higher-powered rifle, a Savage FCNS in 7mm-08. This rifle, with it's 22" sporter barrel and hollow plastic stock, is pretty lightweight. My first loads were 140 grain Sierra BT's with varying amounts of AA2520. While the recoil wasn't too uncomfortable, it certainly made the gun jump off the bags! After about 20 (well spaced) rounds, I decided it jumps a little too much .

While the jury is still out on this barrel's potential accuracy (I have other bullets and powders to try) I would like to reduce the recoil. I'm thinking a 24-26" varmint barrel might be a good start and later some add some weight in the butt stock, if needed. A 9-10lb. rifle would not be objectionable and would be a 2-3lb. increase over this rifle's current 6.9lbs. (plus the scope). I'm also considering a Harris bipod and a rear monopod, which will add a little more weight.

This is a problem I haven't had to deal with before, so I guess I'm asking: is this a good approach?

Thanks in advance.
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    Re: Seeking accuracy and recoil reduction in 7mm-08 rifle

    Changing to 120g or lighter bullets is another way to will recoil for you, too.
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    Re: Seeking accuracy and recoil reduction in 7mm-08 rifle

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    Changing to 120g or lighter bullets is another way to will recoil for you, too.
    Yup.

    Lighter bullets are part of the equation, too. Once I arrive at good loads for the 140's I have a box of 130's waiting in the wings.
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    Re: Seeking accuracy and recoil reduction in 7mm-08 rifle

    Instead of adding weight to the current stock I'd look at one of the aftermarket laminates. Not only does it add weight, it will be a more stable/accurate shooting platform. Savages' plastic stocks are noted for being on the flimsy side.

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    Re: Seeking accuracy and recoil reduction in 7mm-08 rifle

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    Instead of adding weight to the current stock I'd look at one of the aftermarket laminates. Not only does it add weight, it will be a more stable/accurate shooting platform. Savages' plastic stocks are noted for being on the flimsy side.

    Chris
    You're right Chris, it does flex a bit forward of the action lug, but the barrel stays clear. Overall I think Savage did a pretty good job with these stocks (for what they are) with the pillars and overall fit.
    I've worked quite a bit with epoxy, building small boats. I've also bedded a couple of rifles. My plan for the moment is to reshape the inside of the forearm to accommodate the new barrel, then reinforce it with a mixture of epoxy, Cabosil and chopped glass... should be rock solid when done.
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    Re: Seeking accuracy and recoil reduction in 7mm-08 rifle

    A lot of good suggestions !

    I to would recommend the 120 grain bullets for the 7/08 because of velocity and downrange
    performance. The 7/08 can push the 120 over 3100 ft/sec and the 140 to 2800 ft/sec,so trajectory is better and recoil is less.

    The laminated stock will also help with the recoil and improve the harmonics.

    Two powders that I find work best in the 7/08 are H414 and Varget. The both produce the
    highest velocity and accuracy.

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    Re: Seeking accuracy and recoil reduction in 7mm-08 rifle

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    A lot of good suggestions !

    I to would recommend the 120 grain bullets for the 7/08 because of velocity and downrange
    performance. The 7/08 can push the 120 over 3100 ft/sec and the 140 to 2800 ft/sec,so trajectory is better and recoil is less.

    The laminated stock will also help with the recoil and improve the harmonics.

    Two powders that I find work best in the 7/08 are H414 and Varget. The both produce the
    highest velocity and accuracy.

    J E CUSTOM
    Thanks for the powder suggestions... I'll pick up a pound of each tomorrow along with some 120's.
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