Re: Tikka T3 Stainless 7mm Mag.
I have shot Rem 700's for many years and it is amazing at how many or these rifles will shoot very similar loads with just minor tinkering.
We have killed many Eastern White tails with the following load:
160g Sierra BT
61.0g of IMR 4350, bullet seated to touch lands
150g Sierra BT., 150g Nosler Ballistic tip, or 154g Hornady
Spt flat base, SST, or interlock
63.0g of IMR 4350
bullet seated to touch lands
140g Nosler Accubond
64-65g of IMR 4350 or 66.5g of H-4350 (work up to this load)
140g Barnes Tripple shock, seated .030 off lands
67.0g of R#19
Fed 215M primer
Be careful when working with R#19, lot #'s really vary in burning rate!
120g Barnes tripple shock .030 off lands
72.0g of R#22-
Be careful when working with R#22, lot#'s really vary so work up to this load!
We have had several deer run off with the 140g Sierra, just too soft a bullet, it is really amazing at how much better the 150g sierra bullet acts on deer, but would not recommend it for elk or hogs, unlike the 154g Hornady SP.
A friend has probably taken 20+ deer with the 140g Barnes tripple shock with this load in 3 or more Rem 7 Mags. I have cleaned several of the deer and the damage is MASSIVE, but often there is little blood loss. This bullet seems to shoot through brush and weeds better than any bullet he has tried. He intentionally tries to cull does by shooting through brushes, etc to see the effect on the bullet. He swears by this bullet as a brush buster. This guy has kills 15+ deer a year, and is not a BS artist, so I tend to believe him. I do not believe in shooting through brush if it can be helped.