Originally Posted by sambo3006
I have been thinking of a handgun for hunting deer sized game. Max shots would be 300 yds or so. Any real benefit of the 7mm-08 over the 7mm Benchrest Remington out to that yardage? I'm thinking that the 7BR would have noticeably less recoil and be fairly efficient in a 14-15" barrel. Would probably shoot 120 or 140 gr Ballistic Tips.
Concerning both cartridges, the 7-08 will handle the 162 plus bullets much more readily than 7mmBR!
But there lies the problem? The BR will shoot quarters at 200 using 120-140 bullets that will expand at 15 in. barrel limitations!
(Remember.. 7mm bullets for the most part are modern and not given to performing well at non magnum velocities like their .308 Every-Weight-Shape Brethren?)
Where as the 7mm 08 15 in. barrel does not allow optimum performance given the amount of powder one has to use for shot to shot SD.
Powders designed for 15 inch tubes are limited to faster burning media that the slow burners 20inch plus rifles normally use for 7mmBR's Big Brother?
In order to make SD in the 7 08....had to resort to filling up empty space with COW (Cream of Wheat), which was only marginally successful sending bullets at 300 yds?
Does it mean one is more successful than the other?
Depends on what you're after and the amount of work one has to put in for a meat gathering hunt?
Regardless which one uses.....it the amount of time/practice that produces positive results.