7/08 Rifle recommendations?

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by Spazmor, Jul 31, 2014.

  1. Spazmor

    Spazmor New Member

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    Hi LRHers,

    My first post. I've come for your experience and wisdoms.

    As the title suggests, I'm looking to purchase a LRHing rifle in 7mm-08 and I'm a little overwhelmed by the number of different brands & models. Would like to hear some opinions.

    Here are some desirable features. I'm prepared to make some compromises:
    • I think I like the 180grain VLD hunting proj which calls for "1:9" or faster". Most 7/08s I have seen come with 1:9.5 twist. I think that should be ok for the heavy rounds I plan to use..

    • Pref around/under $2000 AUD (1800 USD)

    • Heavy barrel

    • Synthetic stock

    • I'm kacky handed (Left)

    • Barrel length? I know there's a relationship between cartridge and optimal length but haven't worked out exactly what that is..


    Thanks in advance :)
     
  2. machiavelli

    machiavelli Well-Known Member

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    7mm08 and long-range shooting is a oxymoron.
     

  3. Spazmor

    Spazmor New Member

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    Thanks mate, very informative!
     
  4. 300whisper

    300whisper Well-Known Member

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    I have never heard of a 180 grain load in the 7mm-08. I know the 7 mag family of cartridges normally shoot that heavy of a bullet in a 1:9 inch twist. I would recommend a 1:9 to 1:10 twist for the 7mm-08. I would say that the 7mm-08 is a solid 750 yard performer with the proper equipment and PRACTICE! a 140 grain remington accutip boat tail is leaving the barrel at 2,860 FPS with 2600lbs of Kenetic energy. At 500 yards you will have a drop of 50 inches with a velocity of 1,987 FPS and 1227lbs of KE which is plenty for deer sized game. With reloading I am sure you will be able to develop your load to suit your needs. It will have a ballistic coefficient roughly in the .450's. What is your goal with the rifle? Targets, Large Game, Varmints, ELR rock busting?

    For rifles why is 2,000 your limit? Do you want a semi custom rifle? I would look at the remington model 7, remington model 700, cooper, savage, weatherby, and tikka. All of those minus the cooper will be under 1,000 depending on model. You can always build a 7mm-08 off of a remington action but that might push your 2,000 dollar budget. Savage might be a better option since its cheaper, just as accurate, and you can do most of the gunsmithing yourself. For barrel length, a 24 inch heavy barrel will do you fine.

    Also, there is a gentleman on here who is using his .308 winchester for extreme long range shooting (I think he has it shooting to 1,200 yards accurately right now). He will have useful info on pushing the limits of cartridges.
     
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    300whisper Well-Known Member

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  6. MudRunner2005

    MudRunner2005 Well-Known Member

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    I have some sitting in my safe right now to test out... Been sittin there for probably a year now. :D

    My rifle's not a good candidate, though, being it has a really short barrel and the mag box is extremely short (Ruger 77 MKII mountain rifle). But I could single-feed them.

    I look at it as the 7mm equivelant of my .308 Win shooting 210 VLD's.
     
  7. jfseaman

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    Your parameters indicate a semi custom would be called for.

    I also understand that there are 'rules' in AU that restrict some configurations.

    If it were me....

    Manufacture: Savage- wide range of left hand offerings
    Model: 16/116 FLCSS (if you can't have a removeable mag go with the 11/111)
    L = Left hand
    C = Composite
    SS = Stainless Steel
    Caliber to order: 30-06
    A useful barrel in the future.
    Changes to make:
    Order a custom 26" to 28" 7mm-08 Barrel with a twist between 8 and 9, profile 5 or 6 Lilja Precision Rifle Barrels - Barrel Contour Data.
    If there is anything left over get a Hogue stock.
     
  8. trigger puller

    trigger puller Well-Known Member

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    Spazmor PM inbound
     
  9. 300whisper

    300whisper Well-Known Member

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    Good recommendation jf, but why a hogue stock? Price? Why not a B&C or HS?
     
  10. grunt0311

    grunt0311 Active Member

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    PM sent
     
  11. roninflag

    roninflag Well-Known Member

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    tikka super var mint . we can't get them here.
     
  12. Marble

    Marble Well-Known Member

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    This caliber has become a favorite of mine. I already have one in a 7-08 AI. When that barrel wears out, I'll replace the barrel with something similar that was recommended earlier.

    Don't know why someone said it was an oxymoron.
     
  13. MudRunner2005

    MudRunner2005 Well-Known Member

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    Most likely the same people who try to feed you the crap about the .308 Win not having enough killing power after 650 yards... :rolleyes:
     
  14. grunt0311

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    I have .260 bolt action and a 308 AR platform. What are the thoughts of a 7/08 in the AR platform?lightbulb.