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Old 10-25-2005, 10:14 PM
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Short and sweet 7mm Mag recipies

I have a friend who owns a mauser in 7mm Mag. We are going to start reloading for it to increase accuracy and reduce cost. It is primarilly his elk gun and follow up gun (if needed) for when his daughter shoots a deer. Ranges will initially be tight brush to 400+.

I am looking for reccomendations on a good general purpose bullet that is not too spendy. I was thinking an accubond (Is that too tough for close range deer?) or a selection from Wildcat.

Also I am hoping for an easy metering powder that dosen't cost an arm and a leg.

Lastly I know he has a mauser action but I don't know much about what can be done to tune them up. Once I have a chance to crack the gun open and look at it I will have a better idea what we are dealing with. If you have some experience with mauser actions please let me know so when we get to this point I have an idea who to ask for help.

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Old 10-25-2005, 10:48 PM
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Re: Short and sweet 7mm Mag recipies

67 gr of RL 19 with 140 gr AB has proved to be very accurate for me.

May not be the way to go for LR, but works great thus far to 220 yards.
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Old 10-25-2005, 11:29 PM
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Re: Short and sweet 7mm Mag recipies

That 140 do well on elk? I was looking hard at this bullet a few minutes ago. I'm doing a side by side with the ABs and the SGK right now.
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Old 10-26-2005, 08:30 AM
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Re: Short and sweet 7mm Mag recipies

I think the 160 accubond is a good choice. I have more terminal ballistics experience with the scirocco 150, but they are more expensive and at least in my rifle they do not shoot as well as the accubonds.

Up to 400 yds you don´t need very hot loads and I would suggest something that makes the bullet leave the muzle at around 2950 ft/s.....this way yiu make sure it works also well at close range ( i think it would anyway even if it were driven faster). I don´t thionk the accubond is too hard, it should open up at close range too.

I´ve got good accuracy with the accuboind at 2940 ft/s out of a factory remington mountain ks.

If he is not going to shoot a lot, and wants to save money, I would not go to a metering system and just buy a hand - not digital- scale.

I posted some pics of recovered sciroccos some time ago; others I have not been able to recover and did well on red deer.
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Re: Short and sweet 7mm Mag recipies

Thanks alg. Is there a powder you like for the 7mm?

I have all the reloading gear except for the dies. He will have to buy the dies and components. My stuff includes a manual powder dumper. Normally I either dump loads directly in or I dump and trickle into the scale pan. (That is one reason I shoot almost exclusively spherical powders [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img])

As I was looking around I noticed Retumbo popping up over and over again. What do you think of this powder? How about the 4831sc?
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Old 10-26-2005, 09:46 AM
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Re: Short and sweet 7mm Mag recipies

My dad shot a cow elk last week with 7mmRM.
His load was 72gr RL22 behind a 140 SGK. MV=3320fps
The shot was only 50 yards so the impact velocity was very high. The shot was quartering away and the bullet entered behind the shoulder mid way up the body and exited through the offside shoulder with approximatly a 1 inch exit hole.

So yes the 140 SGK works well on elk at close range. Best of all the SGK is cheep and The groups were better than scirocco or nosler partition and about the same as nosler ballistic tip.

A few years ago this load was used to take a cow elk at just over 300 yards. The result was almost the same.
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Old 10-26-2005, 09:49 AM
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Re: Short and sweet 7mm Mag recipies

My suggestion would be Hornady 162gr SST or Interbonds over Re25 or Retumbo lit by a Fed 215M primer. Ought to work just fine.

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