Try a load of 41 grns. of IMR 4064 with a 140 grn. bullet. I live in Calif. also so you must be hunting in the Condor zone? Try a 140 grn. Berger Hunting VLD. with a regular primer CCI,Wolf,WLR etc. Winchester brass. This load is very accurate and wotks well in two 7mm-08's that I load for especially my wifes as she harvested a nice whitetail with this load.