Originally Posted by Drummer Boy
I tend to agree with your gun shop guy. I would look for any excuse to purchase another project. I am also lucky with my wife who also shoots and hunts with me so there is generally not too many hassles when I NEED a new
rifle (unless there are big bills to pay). I have just purchased a new model 70 extreme in 7mm rem mag so that will be my do all
rifle for the bigger stuff like sambar and big hogs. The extra bullet weight will be better for the larger game at ranges beyond 300 yards. I havent picked it up yet so i havent loaded for it yet. I am looking at the Hornady 162gn SST for open country and the Barnes 150gn TTSX or TSX for the scrub. If anyone out there has used these projectiles in the 7mm rem mag I would love to hear about there performance.
I have used those bullets in my Shilen 7mm Rem Mag Custom. They are certainly ok and will get the job done. But I got much better accuracy, ballistics, and down range performance on game with the Berger 168 grain Hunter. I am pushing these out of a 26" barrel at 3024 fps, and they group 5 shots at .5".
This gun has a Badger Ordnance detachable box magazine and bottom metal. (same as the 300 Win Mag). This lets me seat the bullets out to the lands and still function through the magazine.
But I have a Tactical Precision Rifles 308 that will not let me seat Berger's out to the lands. It actually groups (3 shots) under .25". I have looked and tried for decades to find a hunting bullet that will shoot close to a match bullet. Berger is it.