When I was a kid, my first bolt-action deer rifle was an old lightweight Ruger 77 stainless/synthetic chambered in 7mm-08. I shot the Hornady 139 SST's and never had any issues. They dropped deer left and right.
However, due to my horrible experience with the 139 SST's when pushed over 3,000 fps (Hornady factory loads), through a 7mm RemMag, I highly recommend trying the Nosler 140 Accubond, or the 120 Ballistic Tip.
I still hunt with 7mm calibers to this day. 7mm is, and always will be my #1 caliber of choice. The .308 Win is next. Then follows with the .257 Wby and .25-06 AI.
I have to even-out my collection a little bit, so next I'm building 2 more .30 calibers.
"I'm just a peckerwood who lives in the hills with too many guns..." - Bob Lee Swagger
"Give me a minute...I'm good. Give me an hour...I'm great. Give me 6 months...And I'm unbeatable." - Col. Hannibal Smith
Originally Posted by WildRose
The 284 is to the STW what a tricycle is to a Ninja.