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Unread 08-30-2010, 04:25 AM
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Re: 7mm/08 or .270wsm

I also live in New Zealand and looking a at a tikka t3 lite in 7mm-08 not to mention that i spend way to much time on the internet looking a ballistic charts. but im mainly intending to use it for shooting goats a 500m +/- but intend to get to 1000 yards (my goal).

my question is how far are "140 grain sierra splizer boat tail soft point" good for
because the barrel on a tikka t3 (7mm08) is only 20" long but retains it supersonic to almost 1000 yards

note: I am going to be hand loading them so i have a range of velocity
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Unread 08-30-2010, 08:28 AM
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Re: 7mm/08 or .270wsm

Lot's of good advice and I would add another cartrige if ammo wasn't a problem.

The 7-08 is a great cartrige and easy to load, Lot's of bullets to chose from and capable
of outstanding accuracy at great distance.

So with all things being easy to buy the 7-08 would be my first choice.

There are a lot of rounds that will produce more velocity but most are in long actions and
need a longer barrel to achieve there potential.

I have a 7-08, 7-08x40, 7 WSM, (All on short actions) 7 Rem Mag, 7 STW, & a 7 Rem Ultra
Mag and they all have a place in my safe forever.

I have killed more animals with the 7-08 than any other rifle in my safe and it has never
let me down.

I select the rifle to hunt with based on Size,toughness,terrain to be hunted and distance
(I carry the rifle best suited for the game and conditions) and most cases the 7-08 will
be my first choice.

Most of my personal rifles are heavy barrels#5s+ but the 7-08 has a 20" barrel and with
the short action it is a very handy and accurate rifle.

Just my opinion.

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Unread 08-30-2010, 08:40 PM
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Re: 7mm/08 or .270wsm

I think the are both great rounds but I have to agree with the poster that said you are not going to reach the potential of of the 270WSM. I know it's lighter but if you go with the 20" you will wish you had a 22". I have a 22" on my remington mountain rifle and I can't wait to replace it with a 24".
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Unread 08-30-2010, 09:58 PM
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Re: 7mm/08 or .270wsm

Go with the 270wsm you have more options on what you can hunt. This caliber is a harvester.
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Unread 12-23-2012, 10:28 PM
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Re: 7mm/08 or .270wsm

my choice would be 7mm08. I like shooting a lot of ammo and I like the recoil of this weapon. I've owned many different calibers over the years and this is as easy of weapon I've ever had the pleasure of shooting. I will just add to shoot both weapons if you have the option before buying, choose the one that you like best, they both will do the job.
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