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7mm08 and 140gr bullets

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Unread 07-23-2005, 07:27 PM
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7mm08 and 140gr bullets

I load for my two 7mm08 rifles one with Shilen 1-11 twist and one with 1-10 twist douglas. I also load for friends with Model 7 Remingtons and one Sako. None of the will shoot
140 grain bullets with any powder. All shoot 120,s great.
What gives? Any one finding this to be true with their
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Unread 07-23-2005, 08:06 PM
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Re: 7mm08 and 140gr bullets

A few years ago I purchased a no frills Tikka 595 in 7mm-08. The rifle will shoot almost any bullet pretty well but a few of the 140's will shoot into .5" fairly often.

The Nosler Ballistic Tip is almost always an easy bullet to get to shoot. I also have an excellent load for the Barnes TSX which was used to harvest a nice PA buck last year.
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Unread 07-24-2005, 02:36 PM
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Re: 7mm08 and 140gr bullets

Bob....My Ruger 7x57 Mauser and UltraLight .284 Win love 140 gr Ballistic Tips, but the 140s simply WILL NOT shoot out of my Model 7 7-08 with any load I've tried. Like you, I found that the 120 BTs shoot much better. But then I tried the Speer 130 gr boattails and struck oil! With a stiff load of R-15 or IMR 4320, they will shoot all day into .75" at around 2950 fps from the light little rifle(yes, I know this is hot--work up your own load). My nephew's stainless Model 7 likes this load almost as well. With it, I took my best whitetail to date, a 161 5/8 gross buck. I wish I could say that he was taken at 600 yds, but he was only 52 long paces away. Try the Speer 130s and see if they shoot in your rig....
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