What is your favorite 7MM REM Mag Load?

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  1. mgdhunter

    mgdhunter Active Member

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    I would like to hear about some of your favorite loads for the 7MM REM Mag with your choice of Bullets, Powder, Brass, Primer, etc.

    Thanks in advance.gun)
     
  2. Joe King

    Joe King Well-Known Member

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    I just got done working up one that I'm pretty tickled with.

    168gr Matrix VLD
    65.2gr RL22
    Rem 9 1/2M Primer
    Nosler cases
    Seated 0.020" off the lands

    It has done 1/2" at 100 repeatedly before finding my seating depth with 2 different primers and 1/2" at 200 the other 2 times, now it's time to start taking it out father, see what it can really dogun)

    A very very good mid range load for Elk is 175gr partition, 62.5gr RL22 and a CCI250

    150gr Nosler BT
    62.5gr IMR4350
    CCI250
    super accurate, but a bit to destructive on game for me

    162gr SST and RL22 (I can't remember my charge for the life of me, can't find that old note book either) It was accurate as all get out too and very predictable.
     

  3. jimbires

    jimbires Well-Known Member

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    my rifle likes a 160 accubond , 66.0 grains of RL22 powder , win brass , fed215 primer . 3,000 FPS .
     
  4. Lefty7mmstw

    Lefty7mmstw Well-Known Member

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    70 rl22 , 140 sierra pro hunter , 215, whatever brass you want as long as it's uniform. some rifles shoot better at 68 gr. rl22
    I've seen it do 3200 fps and sub moa in a few rifles. Sub 7828 in some rifles for similar performance.

    56 gr I 4064 in place of the rl22 will net 3100 fps and sub moa.
     
  5. 7stw

    7stw Well-Known Member

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    67.5-h1000-168vld WLR primer
    68.7-RL22-140 CT,TSX,BT 215 GM
    65.7-IMR 4831-140ct 210 fed primer
    68.7-H1000-162 A Max- WLR
    69-H1000-154 Hornady Spirepoint-WLR. (most of these OAL are at or about 3.336. )

    The above loads have stood the test of time, and many firings, and Bang Flops. I have shot both 24 inch, and 26 in. I also use RL19, but can not remember the formulas, but I can tell you it works just fine. A Seven Mag is very easy to load for, Very accurate, and won't re-arrange your shoulder when you pull the trigger.
     
  6. Special Delivery

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    168 Berger VLD, 69gr Retumbo, Win brass, CCI Magnum Primer loaded at 3.420 moving at 2950
     
  7. mgdhunter

    mgdhunter Active Member

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    The reason for posting is that I am running out of my lot of H870 (which I like) and want to find something that will be close. H870 has been a great powder, and hoping to get close to the same performance from something similar.
     
  8. Joe King

    Joe King Well-Known Member

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    funny I still have about 6 -7lbs of it
     
  9. Special Delivery

    Special Delivery Well-Known Member

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    Retumbo is the best powder I have found for the 7Mag. RL 22 is great but very temp sensitive.
     
  10. Lefty7mmstw

    Lefty7mmstw Well-Known Member

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    Look at the mil surp 872 at hi-tech, pats, wideners, etc. I think one of them even has a lot# of 870 they are selling right now. I'm burning wc872 from wideners in a couple of loads and it is just fine. Like any slow ball, some rifles like it, some hate it.
     
  11. KRasmussen

    KRasmussen Active Member

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    64gr RL22,Barnes 145gr LRX, federal brass, Federal 215 primer seated .030 off the lands. .5" at 100 yds at 3050 fps.

    70gr H1000, Barnes 168gr LRX, federal brass, federal 215 primer, seated .040 off the lands. .75" at 100 yds and 3079 fps. Still fine tuning this load, but looks promising so far
     
  12. Clark

    Clark Well-Known Member

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    7mmRemMag Ruger #1, 26" barrel

    a) 120 gr Ballistic tip moly, 3.4" 72 gr H4350

    3633 fps - 3652 fps measured


    b) 150 gr Ballistic tip moly 3.4" 66 gr H4350

    3333 fps - 3375 fps measured
     
  13. Lefty7mmstw

    Lefty7mmstw Well-Known Member

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    150 GR. NOS PART Hodgdon H4350 .284" 3.270" 55.0 2781 45,700 CUP 57.0 2859 50,100 CUP from the hodgdon site-- why do people always try to load like they have a lot bigger rifle than they have. The above 150 load at 3333 fps is ABOVE 7mmstw spec for the bullet weight. Eventually you will set back your lugs or eat your bolt. I've seen a few gun failures from this stuff. I won't try to blow up my guns. Just don't sit beside me when you do.
     
  14. Clark

    Clark Well-Known Member

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    Lefty7mmstw,
    Your concerns are misplaced.

    Ruger #1s do not have a bolt.
    There are white lies, lies, damn lies, and then there are 7mmRemMag published data.

    I work up to the threshold of long brass life and then back off 4% powder charge with that powder.
    Those are usefull loads, not silly lawyered up loads that reduce the 7mmRM to less than what the 7x57mm can do with long brass life.

    Sheesh.


    I also way overload every rifle and pistol design to see what happens.
    I take my rifles WAY past the threshold of long brass life.
    I know what they are capable, when the bolt yields, and how much.
    There are huge amounts of safety margin between long brass life and where the rifle fails.

    [​IMG]

    This is a 7mmRM at QL 108kpsi fired in a VZ24 I converted from 8x57 to 7mmRM
    180 gr VLD moly 70 gr Re17 108 kpsi primer fell out
    Alliant's max load for 175 gr is 57 gr, so that case was fired with 13 gr extra powder.
    I later hunted with that rifle and shot a deer and an antelope in 2011.