I'm 14 and currently have a Savage 110 7mm RM. It's outfitted with an old Redfield Tracker 3x9x40. Some people at the Accuratereloading forum sent me reloading stuff, so I'll be able to start pretty soon. I know my scope right now isn't the best for longer ranges, but what would be? I'd like a scope that's good for longer ranges (possibly a 4.5x14?) but doesn't cost a ton of money as I'm saving for a truck too. I'm located in Missouri, so I can have LONG field shots available or short range brush shots. (I'm gonna get a Marlin 1895g sometime for that) What are some good and safe longer range handloads for 7mm RM? I've been thinking about a 120 grain TSX, but I don't know where to get loading data for it since it is new. Thanks for any replies.
Welcome to the forum! THis is a great place to gather tons of great information. If I was loading for a 7 RM for deer, I would go with a 140g weight of some sort, preferably a nosler ballistic tip, or accubond. Barnes are kinda tricky to get to shoot. Noslers are usually one of your more accurate hunting bullets. The 150g nosler ballistic tip would also be a great performer on deer. As far as scopes, it depends on how far exactly your wanting to shoot. If your only wanting to shoot out to 500 yards or so, a BDC scope would be perfectly fine. If you plan to shoot farther, a more precise way is to "dial up" your clicks. You need a couple pieces of equipment to get this to work. You need a cronograph to know velocity, all your ballistic data, and you need a rangefinder. A windmeter also comes in handy. I personally am a Leupold fan and like the 6-18x40 target/fine duplex. You can get it for about $450. Its a great scope that is very bright crisp and clear, works great mechanically, has the magnification to cover close and far.
First off, welcome to LRH!! There is a ton of info on this site and alot of knowledgable people on this board that are willing to share some of that knowledge.
Take it from me on bullet selection, go heavy if you can stand the recoil. While the lighter bullets are faster and maybe sexier on paper, it is the ballistic coefficient (bc) that is king @ longer ranges. I learned this the hard way(or hard headed way). When I found this forum, I was shooting the 30 cal 125 gr Nosler @ 3940 fps and thought I had the best load in the country for longrange work. After absorbing some info from the folks around here I learned a little different. I'm now shooting a 240 gr bullet out of that gun!!
PS- When you get ready for a scope, shoot me an email. I can make you a good deal on a 4.5-14 Nikon Buckmaster. That would be a good scope for you to cut your teeth on.
What does BDC stand for? I'm guessing some kind of ballistic reticle? I think 500 yards would be a long ways, even though we have fields that stretch a lot further. I generally hunt with my grandpa, he hates long shots. I have a bipod now, not the best in the world, but it works ok. Around here we only have a 100 yard range, and I know that isn't good enough. Down at my grandpa's theres a gun club that goes to 550 that would be nice to practice at. I think I might ask for a rangefinder for christmas, what are some good models?
I don't really want something that blows up like the ballistic tip, too much meat damage, and my grandpa already thinks I shoulda got a ".243 instead of that dumb 7mm cannon thing." The accubonds hold together good don't they? They also aren't that expensive and have a good BC. Sounds like a winner to me. If heavier is better, should I go with the 160 grain?
BDC stands for bullet drop compensator. It usually has aiming points or hash marks intended for a certain range with several differnet caliber/bullet combos. The first that comes to mind is burris bal plex. Sounds like you might want one of these if you think 500 yards is a ways. But let me tell you this, long range shooting is very addicting, once you get to 500, you'll want to go farther. You could use the 160g AB and that would fly for a ways, has a high BC, holds up well. I have a nikon 800 that ranges pretty well to 800 yards on overcasty days. On bright sunny days over wheatfields, its hard to get readings on coyotes past about 450-500. Mine cost around $350. ITs not the best, but it has served me well for a couple years. A bipod is a great investment. IT allows a pretty stable platform when laying prone. Long range shooting is all about practice. Try to practice at the max distance you think you'll be shooting at game, or practice farther, that way when a deer shows up at 400-500, its a cake shot. WInd is your worst enemy for long range shooting. Thats why its best to use a heavier bullet with a higher BC. Light bullets with low BC's start to drop and drift a considerable amount. If I was going to load for a 7 mag with 160's, I would go with IMR 7828 or H1000. Good velocity and good accuracy.
The scope you have and gun you have will do fine out to 500yds. The 140 gr Accubonds are a good choice for whitetail deer if you can afford them and will do fine out to 500 yds. For those ranges they will be better than the 160's.