7mm Rem Mag and 154 gr Interbond

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  1. bjohnson_7

    bjohnson_7 Member

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    I'm tryin to get a new hunting load together for the upcoming season. I want to try the hornady interbond because it has a good bc and I've used them before in a .270 with great results on deer. Anyone have any load information for me? I will be using nosler brass and fed 215 primers. Not sure which powder yet. I need a good accurate load because if need be I can shoot out to 650 yards where I hunt.
     
  2. AJ Peacock

    AJ Peacock Well-Known Member

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    I'd use RL-22 and load it to around 3100fps (24" barrel).

    Second choice would be H-4831sc, loaded to around 3050 (24" barrel).

    AJ
     

  3. remingtonman_25_06

    remingtonman_25_06 Well-Known Member

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    Definately give RL-22 a consideration. Its all I use in my 7 RM with 140s-180's. Very good accuracy and velocity with around 8 bullets tried so far.

    150's are about the only bullet weight I haven't tried in my 7 RM. I was thinking of shooting the 154g SST myself and start with RL-22 of course.

    IMR-7828 is another good powder to try. Gives very good velocity in most cases. H-1000 and H4831 are good powders as well.
     
  4. bjohnson_7

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    Ok whats my max and min load of powder? This will be my first reloading attempt lol.
     
  5. AJ Peacock

    AJ Peacock Well-Known Member

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    Get a good manual or 2 and shoot everything over a chronograph.

    Start around 64gr RL-22 and work your way up slowly to around 3100fps or until you find a great load or see pressure signs.

    AJ
     
  6. phorwath

    phorwath Well-Known Member

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    I tried Hornady Interbonds about 3-4 years ago. 139 grain 7mm. About 20% of the bullets had crooked plastic tips. When I rolled the bullets across the counter top, the plastic tips would wobble around the longitudinal axis of the bullets. I sent the unused ones back to Hornady and they sent me another box of bullets. There was another 20 crooked tipped bullets in that box. A couple of the tips were loose and when a co-worker handled one, the plastic tip fell out in his hand.

    I showed my crooked tips to two other co-workers and they looked through bullets in two boxes of 30 caliber interbonds they had. Brought them to work to show me that theirs had crooked tips also.

    We all quit using them after that. I did shoot a 1 1/2 year old bull moose with one of the 139 gr 7mms. The bullet performed well and brought the moose down quickly. For longer range use, I just couldn't get comfortable with the crooked-tipped interbonds. I don't see how they could do anything to enhance the accuracy of the bullets. I stuck with Nosler Accubonds and I've never seen crooked tips with the Noslers - either their BTs or ABs.

    Whether or not Hornady has figured out how to set the plastic tips in their bullets concentrically or not, I don't know. The fact that they sent me out a replacement box of bullets with just as many crooked tips as the original box didn't speak well for the seriousness of their quality control. Maybe the crooked tips don't matter on the targets. But I'm not willing to burn up a barrel trying to figure it out.
     
  7. bjohnson_7

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    Yeah I've read some reviews about that happening on the interbonds and its got me wondering about them. I thought about using the accubonds but the interbond had a better bc. I've also thought about using the Speer 145 gr spitzer because it had a bc of .505 which is better than a 140 accubond and gameking.
     
  8. AJ Peacock

    AJ Peacock Well-Known Member

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    The 162gr A-max's are as accurate as anything out there, they have a BC of .625 and are less than $30 for a box of 100.

    AJ
     
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  9. bjohnson_7

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    I've looked at the AMAX but how do they perform on deer sized game?
     
  10. AJ Peacock

    AJ Peacock Well-Known Member

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    I've only taken 1-2 deer with it (both one shot kills) but they were head/neck shots so not a great test (other than for accuracy). Others should jump in, if not, do a search as it's been discussed several times on this board.

    My rifle shoots the 162 Amax and the 160gr Accubond to almost the same poi (within 1/2moa) when loaded to the same velocity.

    AJ
     
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  11. bjohnson_7

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    I've heard that on broadside shots on deer they do ok but alot of damage. I want to have some meat left lol.
     
  12. AJ Peacock

    AJ Peacock Well-Known Member

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    The point is that the 162gr is cheap and accurate and shoots to nearly the same poi that the 160gr Accubonds do. The Accubonds aren't so cheap but are accurate. Depending on what Biggame you are shooting at, these 2 bullets cover the spectrum pretty well for the 7mm Rem Mag.

    AJ
     
  13. kiwi3006

    kiwi3006 Well-Known Member

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    I have used the 162 a-max on game and have taken mainly broadside shots, just behind the front leg, sometimes the shoulder blade got clipped.
    Ranges from 358 - 638 yards (7 animals ).
    The amount of meat wastage was no worse than any other bullet. All shots were complete pass through except two.

    I would definetly recommend the a-max, but don't use them too close! I have set a personal limit of not inside 300 yards.

    Do a search on my username and you will see most of the game I ,or friends, have taken using this combo.

    Stu.
     
  14. bjohnson_7

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    Thats what I was worried about...close ranges...I will have shots anywhere from 25 to 600 yards...