Hey Guys, My brother has a 7mm STW that he wants to use mainly for a long range deer gun. He may also use it for Elk, but for now we need a good load for deer. Would like to stay with 140/150's if possible. Any suggestions? Thanks...
I have a STW that likes 82gr. of IMR 7828 pushing a 120gr Nosler Bal. Tip I think it is around 3400 or 3500fps not 100% on that but shoots great Longest kill for deer is around 350 and a elk at 100. Hope you the best luck. But 7828 always seem to shoot well in the STW's
Thanks guys, either of the loads should work great. His gun is a Rem. 700 Sendero with 26" tube so he should be able to match your ballistics pretty easy. Shiredude, how did the 140 Accubond work on the Elk?
honestly I don't think you can beat a 160 grain accubond in an stw whether it be deer or elk! I shot my BIG mulie buck this year at 200 yrds with an accubond and it dropped him dead in his tracks. no bullet to recover but excellent mortallity and virtually no meat loss! I really feel that the 160 gr bullet is the PERFECT weight for this caliber.
Personally, I have always been partial to the Hornady 162gr A-Max bullet for longrange deer with the 7STW.
The A-Max is very accurate, has a high BC, and expands readily at almost any range. I have shot several deer and antelope at extended range and have been very impressed with the results.
This past season I decided to take high shoulder shots with the A-Max. I shot a few deer between 300 - 500yds. Each deer hit on the shoulder was DRT. Broad side lung shots are equally lethal but the deer may travel 10-25 yds before piling up. Small deer will just drop.
I would not use the A-Max on Elk with so many more suitable bullets available. The 160gr Accubond would probably be one of my first choices. In the big cases like the STW you can get heavy bullets up to a good velocity, so why wouldn't you use them? I like the lighter bullets (140gr-150gr) in the 7mm-08 and similar cartridges.