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Unread 03-29-2008, 04:56 PM
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500 yrd deer setup

hey guys just had some questions about my set up... I shoot a browning a-bolt with 24 inch heavy barrel chambered in 7mm-08, I hand load 168 bthp berger bullets with 37.5 grains of varget powder; put me at 2600 fps and 3/4 inch groups at 150 yds. my scope is a bushnell elite 3200 10x40 with tactical windage and elevation knobs and a mil-dot rectical. How well will this perform at 500 yards on deer and coyotes?
thanks Migz.
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    If you're marksman enough - it should do fine. You're using a proven cartridge that is known for fine accuracy. You're using good bullets. The "tactical" style elevation and windage adjustments on your scope should help you dial in quickly for a longish range shot.

    Coyotes are a great way to practice for that big ol' buck... I'd encourage you to get out and shoot a lot - out to 500 yards if you expect to take a shot at that range. A good laser rangefinder is another great piece of gear and I think pretty close to essential for long range hunting.

    Regards, Guy
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    I've watched pigs shot at 400y with a 7-08 using 175 smk's. Killed it dead as a hammer right on the spot.
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    I killed one this season at 944yds with a 260 shooting a 140gr Berger at close to 2900fps. You'll be fine with the 7-08 at 500yds as long as you have your ducks in a row and are used to shooting at that range
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    thanks guys for the feed back I apreciate the help anything you'd recommend if i wanted to upgrade later (thinking 300 win mag topped with nikon) i reallize that for bigger game the 7mm08 might have to stay home and wait for deer season... thanks again Migz
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    It woulden't be that hard to step the horsepower up in that rifle to either the 284 , 7mm RSUM or even the 7WSM , with a rechamber and a bit of bolt work , you would likely have to single shot it with the two later cases especialy with the long bullets to get all the good out of their cases
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    Miguel

    The 7/08 is very impressive on big game when the right
    bullet is used, Hear are my recomendations.

    For deer size game 120gr blistic tips at 3000+ft/sec for
    1000ft/lbs energy at 650 yrds.

    Hogs and larger 140 gr Accubonds 2800+ft/sec for 1000+
    ft/lbs energy at 600yrds.

    Elk size game 150 bt or 160gr Accubonds (still over 1000
    ft/lbs at 600yrds and 1500+ft/lbs at 350 yrds.

    I prefer larger caliber,s for big game at long distances but
    will not hesitate to use the 7/08 if the distance is right
    for the game being hunted.

    Other bullets brands of the same weight and expansion rate can
    be used with good results.

    So far I have limited my self to these distances with 100% success
    on big game.

    Have fun and good hunting
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