7wsm reloading

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by Elkshooter, Mar 11, 2012.

  1. Elkshooter

    Elkshooter New Member

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    Hello everyone

    I am getting into the reloading game and I just got a 7 wsm.

    My question is this... Do I have to have specific dies for the 7 wsm or can I use the 7 mag dies that I have.

    Also if anyone has some good starting loads for me to try I'd appreciate it.

    Going to be hunting deer and elk with my new savage model 11 so am looking at Berger 168 or 180 grains.

    Most likely will keep shots to less than 650 yards.

    Thx for the help.

    Scott
     
  2. 3rivers

    3rivers Member

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    you will most certainly need dies specific to the 7mm wsm and i don't have my books on hand but i will get them and post you some loads a little later on. I myself love the bergers but if you are just getting started and you are only planning on shooting 650 and in you might want to save yourself the head ache of getting the bergers to shoot properly in your gun and try something like nosler accubonds or perhaps hornady sst,s just a thought though hope i could be of some help.
     

  3. gunwalker

    gunwalker Well-Known Member

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    This is what I received from Berger.

    Load data was generated using Quick Load a
    24 inch barrel a COAL (cartridge over all length) of 2.860 inches and your COAL and velocity could be a little different.

    AS WITH ALL RELOADING APPROACH THE MAXIMUM LOADS WITH CAUTION AS ALL RIFLES AND RELOADING TECHNIQUES WILL BE DIFFERENT. If YOU CHANGE ANY OF YOUR COMPONENTS; THIS INCLUDES DIFFERENT POWDER LOT NUMBERS; YOU MUST REFIGURE YOUR LOADS BY STARTING WITH THE MINIMUM LOAD.
    If we can be of any additional help feel free to contact us.
    Thanks for your interest and have a great day.

    Walt Berger
    Berger Bullets
    Technical Advisor

    7mm Winchester Short Magnum
    Bullet Powder Start Load Approximate Start Velocity Max Load Approximate Max Velocity Fill Ratio
    180 Grain H4831 SC 58.0 2633 61.0 2765 94.0% 180 Grain IMR 7828 SSC 59.0 2695 62.0 2832 94.0%
    180 Grain NORMA MRP 58.0 2641 61.1 2778 92.0% 180 Grain Ramshot Magnum 64.0 2695 67.5 2858 99.0%
    180 Grain VIHT N560 59.0 2690 62.3 2839 95.0% 180 Grain WIN WXR 59.0 2741 62.7 2901 95.4%
    180 Grain RE-22 58.5 2670 62.0 2823 95.0% 180 Grain AA MAGPRO 61.5 2670 65.2 2839 96.0%
    180 Grain H4350 54.0 2611 56.7 2722 90.0% 180 Grain RETUMB0 65.0 2681 68.5 2834 105.0%
    180 Grain RE-25 61.0 2698 64.5 2843 100.0% 180 Grain H1000 63.0 2675 66.4 2830 104.0%
    180 Grain IMR 4831 54.0 2622 57.0 2721 91.0%


    7mm Winchester Short Magnum
    Bullet Powder Start Load Approximate Start Velocity Max Load Approximate Max Velocity Fill Ratio
    168 Grain H4831 SC 59.5 2709 62.6 2849 94.5% 168 Grain IMR 7828 SSC 60.5 2769 63.7 2919 94.6%
    168 Grain NORMA MRP 60.0 2797 63.2 2940 93.0% 168 Grain Ramshot Magnum 60.0 2784 69.3 2943 98.8%
    168 Grain VIHT N560 60.5 2681 63.9 2825 98.6% 168 Grain WIN WXR 61.0 2834 64.8 3002 96.3%
    168 Grain RE-22 60.5 2768 63.5 2902 95.9% 168 Grain AA MAGPRO 63.5 2761 66.9 2919 96.0%
    168 Grain H4350 55.5 2717 58.5 2851 88.3% 168 Grain IMR 4350 55.0 2815 57.8 2935 89.3%
    168 Grain RETUMBO 65.5 2698 69.0 2858 104.7% 168 Grain RE-25 62.5 2773 65.9 2919 101.1%
    168 Grain H1000 64.5 2743 68.1 2912 105.1%
     
  4. Iron Worker

    Iron Worker Well-Known Member

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    Your doing the right thing by posting questions . Asking if you need specific caliber dies tells us your a newbee . I'd go out and buy a reloading manual like Sierra or Hornady,Speer and start reading and learning. Those Berger bullets are nearly $50 bucks. I shoot a 7 wsm my experience says the Hornady SST bullet line are the easiest to develop a load. Mag Primer,Re#19 or 22 and a 139gr SST is a great place to start.
     
  5. Skyking

    Skyking Official LRH Spponsor

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    I load 11 different 7wsm's all shot great with 64-66 h1000, CCI-br2 primers, 180 vld's win brass. +.010 into the lands. 2950-2980 fps. Forster ultra dies.
     
  6. jcann

    jcann Active Member

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    Check out accurateshooter.com in their forum "big stuff 7mm......". There is a post requesting 7mm WSM load data. Several people have posted their load data. Just remember to cut back 10% from max load and work your way up watching for pressure signs.

    A good load for 7WSM is:
    Berger 180gr hunting VLD
    Federal 215 primers
    65.5 gr of H1000
    Start with bullet seating depth touching the lands
    Muzzle velocity +/- 2950fps

    But here again, work up to this load

    It's a good idea to buy reloading books, read post here and on other forums and there are a lot of good and some bad reloading video's on YouTube (Sinclair reloading videos are good).
     
  7. backwoods83

    backwoods83 Well-Known Member

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    Id start with 162 amaxs, you can get 300 for what 200 bergers cost. Win brass, 65grns H4831sc, CCI BR2s and the 162 amax at 2.975" oal. But work up from 63grns.