Originally Posted by Lefty7mmstw
I sold my 7-08 after using it on deer with a 120. Needless to say two 120 sierra pills in a row didn't make it in broadside out of a 20" m7 stainless. I went up to the stunned deer and shot it at 10 yards with my dad's 44. It didn't die. I proceeded to holster the pistol which by now had snow in it's barrel from pissing with the deer. I then gave said deer a left hook which knocked it stone cold, drug it back to the truck, and put it out with a pistol from the truck. I gave up on light-weight bullets in 7-08 after that and traded the dang rifle for a 44 mag of my own.
Moral of the story-- don't use light weight bullets when you actually want to kill what you are shooting. I won't use under 140 grain bullets in any 7mm now.
Sorry you had such bad luck with the 708 and 120 grain bullets .
What 120 bullet did you try? I use 140s, 150s and 160s in all of my larger 7mm rifles but 120s
Exclusively now in the 7/08.
Not counting the Three I have owned I have built Nine other 7/08s and all of the owners have
gravitated to the 120 grain Ballistic tips after trying every bullet under the sun.
Larger bullets are great for targets and hunting with other cartriges but the 7/08 seems to be
an exception from what I have seen.
I also tried other 120 grain bullets and was disappointed with all of them. They were eather to
explosive or they would not expand at all (Probably due to the 7/08s velocity at the POI.
I have made one shot (DRT) kills beyond 500 yards with both my 7/08 pistol and my 20"barrel
7/08 rifle. I have also killed some very large pigs from 50 to 800 yards and one shot is all that
it took. some of the pigs did run, but not over 50 to 60 yards.
As i said , It does go against the traditional long range logic but I can only relate what has
happened to me with the 120 BTs.
I wish Nosler would make a 120 Accubond, I would have to try it out.
I would be interested in what 120 bullet you tried and what the results were with that bullet.
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