Originally Posted by metalhead
Picked up a Rem youth lightweight in 7mm08 with a 18in barrel. I have no experience with this round or a barrel that short. I got 6+ boxes of 120gn Fed Fussion with it so need to shoot that up for the brass. After that the plan was to start with H4895 and 140gn SGK. Any advice on how to get max performance from this little rifle would be greatly appreciated.
I had a rem model 7 in 7-08 for a spell many moons ago with a 20" pipe, not the 18.5" you have. I used 120 grain sierra pills with it with both varget and rl15. The dang pills wouldn't even go through a dang whitetail; I had to shoot it with a 44 and give it a left hook to boot. I switched to 140's on the spot.
I tried varget and rl15 with 140 sierras, but in the short barrel they only came up to 2650-2700 fps; then I tried h414 in a whim; moa accuracy and 2800 fps topped out. If I didn't already have a sour taste in my mouth from the 120 grain bullet failure, I'd probably still own the little rifle. It was fun to bust rocks and stuff with such a light little rifle.
My kids are getting old enough I'll have to find another carbine in the next couple of years; I'll go back to the same medium slow ball powder offerings in my next rifle too if it's a 7-08.