What are good bullets for deer with the 7mm RM?

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  1. Tyler Kemp

    Tyler Kemp SPONSOR

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    I'm new to the forum (you could probably tell by the post count) and I'm getting started reloading. Everyone is talking about ULD and VLD bullets, who makes these and where can I get them? I'm using a Savage 7mm RM with a 1 in 9 1/2" twist, so how heavy of a bullet can I use? Also, does anyone have the BC of these bullets and loading data I can work from? Thanks a bunch! /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif
     
  2. Ernie

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    What kind of ranges are you considering?
     

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    162 amax should work great for light game, bc is .62.

    160 accubond for heavier game, bc .53.

    I´ve tried some wildcat 175 ULD RBBT and shot great, worked also well on light game.Even though they are pretty long they´ve worked fine in my 9 1/2 twist.
     
  4. Buffalobob

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    What kind of deer? Eastern whitetail, Sika. mule deer. Coues, western whitetail.
     
  5. Tyler Kemp

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    Missouri Whitetail. I would like a bullet that doesn't blow up on game too, I don't want to ruin too much meat or have a bullet that fails to expand. The ranges could be anywhere from a couple yards if I jump one out to as long as I am confident in my shooting abilities. There are fields that go on for a long ways.
     
  6. Fulldraw™

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    With the 140 gr. Nosler Accuboned I have had spectacular results!
     
  7. Buffalobob

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    The 160 Accubond is a very hard bullet and it will blow through a lot of bones without exploding and ruining much meat.

    Shooting a 7MM Wby with 160 AB I broke nearly every bone in a poor little deers body at only 50 yds and still didn't ruin very much meat. You can see the exit wound is not very big. Even a nosler partition would have cost me most of both shoulders but the accubond just breaks bones and keeps on going.

    I usually shoot a much smaller caliber because I don't like to mangle up the meat but the 160 AB was a pleasant surprise
     
  8. Tyler Kemp

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    Ok, that's several times I've heard excellent Accubond results, plus they don't cost a bunch since I'm only 14. Looks like I will go with them. And they are cool black and red. /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif (I think?)
     
  9. remingtonman_25_06

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    The AB"s are great all around choice. They'll work close, far, shoot good, penetrate, expand, have high BC"s for conventional hunting bullets. I would shoot a 160g AB, 162g AMAX, or a 168g VLD. The AMAX will be th cheapest bullet, then the VLD, then the AB"s. The AB's you'll be getting for reloading are standard color of bullet, with a white tip. The black and red ones are combined technology which are loaded by winchester. As of now, those aren't available to the public for reloading, I wish they were though.
     
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  11. Tyler Kemp

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    Where can I get VLD bullets and what are their BC? What do they do on game? I've seen the a-max on Hornadys website, but I don't want anything that blows up at close range as I may encounter a shot like that.
     
  12. Buffalobob

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    I suspect he is referring to the Berger match bullet. It is built on the thin J4 jacket. The term VLD means very low drag. Then there is the term ULD which means ultra low drag. As far as I know there is no "technical" definition of the terms.
     
  13. Tyler Kemp

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    Thin jacket means possibly too much expansion or explosion at close range right? Or so I've been told? What do the "Wildcat" bullets I've read on this site about cost? Are they basically the same thing as the Bergers?
     
  14. Freakshow

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    The 162gr SST from Hornady is what I have loaded for the last 4 years. Has a decent b.c.,is really cheap(100 per box for same price as any other) and has been absolutely devastating on deer from 25-500 yards. Plus they average well under 1/2 m.o.a from my heavy barrel savage.