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Old 08-14-2006, 12:41 AM
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7mm rem mag

Alright guys, heres the scoop. I traded my 300 RUM for a 7mm rem mag. Its my 3rd one, I think I'll be keeping this one. Its a Rem 700 BDL wood/blued. I need to get the trigger worked on as its a newer model and I cant seem to break those seals of god on the newer models. I intend to shoot either the 162g amax, 168g vld,smk, or 175g smk, 180g vld. I'm thinking I should stick with the 160 weights. Just wondering if anyone has any loads they would share with some target bullets. I might try a 160g AB, but thats really on the backburner as far as bullets. I will be topping it off with my Leupold MK4, 4.5-14x50 LR/T. It should be what I'm looking for now. Good 1000 yard rifle for targets, deer, coyotes, and will be a good 800 yard rifle for elk and bears. I wont be burning 95g of powder anymore either, more like 65g. Thank god. Need to get that trigger worked down to about 2lbs, then start finding a load. First bullet on hand is 168g vld's. My dad has a box of them and I think I"ll borrow some. Whats the top powders for velocity, accuracy, and consistency? Not to much experience with 7 mag, I've owned 2 previously, but did not own them long enough to shoot anything with them. Thanks.
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Old 08-14-2006, 03:18 PM
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Re: 7mm rem mag

I have a couple of 7mmRMs- I shoot 168 VLDs @3100fps in one, and 180 VLDs @3000 fps in the other.

Reloader 19, 22 (Would be my first choices)
IMR 4831, H4831
Retumbo
IMR 4350, H4350
Fed 215m primers

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Old 08-14-2006, 03:55 PM
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Re: 7mm rem mag

RL22 is a great powder for the 7mm RM and 160 gr bullets.
I'm sure you will end up with a shooter.

JD338
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Old 08-14-2006, 05:42 PM
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Re: 7mm rem mag

What powder are you using to get 3100fps with the 168's, and 3000fps with the 180's?? Just curious. My bbl is only 24" so I was hoping more along the lines of 3000fps for the 168's, and 2850-2900fps for the 180's. Thats assuming it shoots at top loaded levels also. I ran the numbers with a 168g vld, BC .640, 3000fps, it still has 1100lbs at 1000 yards. More then enough for any buck I'll ever shoot. Still has around 1,400lbs at 800 yards, which is more then enough for elk and bears. I have a little Rl-19, Rl-22, and will probly get some h4831sc. Seems I might try RL19-22 first. Thanks.
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Old 08-15-2006, 10:16 AM
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Re: 7mm rem mag

Well guys, I think I"m done load testing for my 7 mag already. Last night I went out and shot 10 factory corelokts so I could get some brass to work up some loads. When I got home, I loaded up some 168g vld's on top of 64,65,65.5g RL-22, in Remington brass, Fed 215 Match primers, with a OAL of 3.450"

I got up at 5:30 this morning to go shoot my 3 loads. I also took the cronograph along as well. First load was 64g. It printed a .35" 3 shot group at 100 yards. Velocity was 2940fps. ES was 12, SD was 6. How lucky is that? First powder/bullet combo tried in a rifle and it shoots barely over 1/4". I couldn't be happier. I shot the other 2 loads anyways just to see if they would do better. 65g produced a .95" group with 2 in and 1 out. 65.5g produced a .46" group @2960fps. There is nothing done to this rifle as of yet except some good handloads. The trigger is about 6lbs, and it hasn't been bedded or floated. I think shes a keeper. I'll get pics when I get home. Thanks for the help guys!
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Old 08-15-2006, 01:56 PM
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Re: 7mm rem mag

Heres a picture of the rifle, topped with a Leupold MK4, 4.5-14x50 LR/T, with Leupolds permanent weaver style base/rings. Not a bad looking rifle! Shoots even better!


And here is the 3 loads that I shot this morning. 64g is on the bottom, 65g middle, 65.5g top. Not to shabby for a totally stock rifle. Heavy trigger and not even bedded or floated. I dont think I really need to do much more testing. I loaded up 20 rounds at 64g. I plan to zero at 100 yards this time, then check the drops out to 800. I need to get the trigger down to 2lbs and go hunting!
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Old 08-15-2006, 01:56 PM
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Re: 7mm rem mag

Heres a picture of the rifle, topped with a Leupold MK4, 4.5-14x50 LR/T, with Leupolds permanent weaver style base/rings. Not a bad looking rifle! Shoots even better!


And here is the 3 loads that I shot this morning. 64g is on the bottom, 65g middle, 65.5g top. Not to shabby for a totally stock rifle. Heavy trigger and not even bedded or floated. I dont think I really need to do much more testing. I loaded up 20 rounds at 64g. I plan to zero at 100 yards this time, then check the drops out to 800. I need to get the trigger down to 2lbs and go hunting!
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