Wife's new 7mm-08... Bullet recommendation

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by Nikolakangrga, Aug 21, 2012.

  1. Nikolakangrga

    Nikolakangrga Well-Known Member

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    My wife is just getting into hunting and I've decided it was time to get her a rifle she can call her own. We decided on a

    Tikka t3 lite
    7mm-08
    Bell and Carlson stock
    Trijicon Accupoint (crosshair with dot)

    Her shots will be within 0-300 yards TOPS. 99% of all shots will be within 150 yards. I would like to load up one bullet she can rely on for blacktail deer, hogs (50lbs - 350lbs) and black bear.

    I will stress shot placement and PRACTICE to her but would also like a bullet which will reliably do the job on all three game animals with a behind the shoulder shot. I have never been big on shoulder shots due to meat loss.

    I was thinking about trying the 120gr ttsx but I'm not sure if they would be reliable without hitting heavy bone. Losing a deer or any animal happens to all of us atleast once but I would like to reduce the chance of failure for my wife as I want hunting to be a happy positive experience for her.

    Thanks all for your input
    Nick
     
  2. Daveinjax

    Daveinjax Well-Known Member

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    I shoot the 139gr sst from hornady for deer . I've killed north of a hundred of them up to @ 225lbs and all I did my part on were drt. The 145 gr btsp from speer works well also and is a good bit tougher for bear and large hogs. They both perform well in the 7-08 velocity range and are inexpensive to shoot. The barnes bullets are work around for a bad california law and way over priced. Barnes bullets are poor performance and high cost , the worst combo. The nosler bt is no better bullet than the sst but cost half again as much. I don't have bear where I hunt but plenty of hogs. If you don't try to shoot a boar through the shields the 139gr sst will do the job all day , through the shields you better bring a cannon.
     

  3. Joe King

    Joe King Well-Known Member

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    Indifference to the Bear and Pigs I'd look at Bonded bullets, or partition type bullets, in the 150 - 160 gr range. 300 yrds is pretty short so you wont need to worry about retained energy or velocity so much.
     
  4. barnesuser28

    barnesuser28 Well-Known Member

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    +1 ^ the 150-160 Partition would be my choice or the 145 grain Barnes LRX.
     
  5. rscott5028

    rscott5028 Well-Known Member

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    The 120 TTSX is a good choice for a light weight rifle inside of 300 yds.

    You should get plenty of impact velocity for proper bullet expansion without the recoil/torque of the heavier bullets.

    -- richard
     
  6. Edd

    Edd Well-Known Member

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    My choice would be 140gr TTSX.
     
  7. reeldawg

    reeldawg Well-Known Member

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    I shoot both the 139 SST and the 140 BT. They work well. I have some 140 Bergers, but haven't tried them on game.
     
  8. bronco

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    Lead Free area... 7-08 inside 300 with tough game up to 350lbs, to me spells Nosler 150 E-Tip. Lead Free with LOTS of smack down. But I guess it should come down to what the rifle shoots best. Personally, whatever lead free bullet you start with I would try to stay above 140 grains if bear and pig are on the menu. If its not lead free, go 150-160 Partition like the others have said.
     
  9. Nikolakangrga

    Nikolakangrga Well-Known Member

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    Thanks guys,
    The area's in California we hunt do not have the lead free banned. We are able to shoot whatever we would like.

    Would the 150-160 partitions reliably expand with a behind the shoulder lung shot on a small blacktail deer? Would the 140gr accubond be a better choice if looking for expansion?
     
  10. Truc

    Truc Well-Known Member

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    when I shot the 7mm08, all I shot was the 139 Hornady BTSP always stopped deer cold. Good bullet and cheap to shoot along w/ Varget powder.
     
  11. redneckclimbing

    redneckclimbing Well-Known Member

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    I shot three elk last year with the 168gr. Berger HVLD. One dropped in it's tracks, one went 5 steps, and one went 8 steps! All were shot behind the shoulder from 250 - 300 yds. After that I will defenitely be using them again this year. This was out of a 7mm RM but with the 150's you should still be pretty good and closer in speed.
    Another one I have been thinking about for bears and elk in the brush, is the Speer Deep Curl 160 gr. they claim 95% weight retention, slightly rounded nose should open up well and penetrate like crazy with that weight retention, and the best part, they are pretty damn cheap! Could be a great 300yd. and in bullet on just about anything.
     
  12. Joe King

    Joe King Well-Known Member

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    Yes. I shot a small whitetail does last year with my 270 at 400yrds, I use 150gr partitions in that, with a muzzle vel of 2750. She dropped in her tracks, I hit the edge of one rib.
     
  13. Forrest Ebert

    Forrest Ebert Well-Known Member

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    My wife shoots the same rifle and has taken nice Whitetails in Texas with the 140 grain Berger Hunting VLD and the Sierra 150 grain Game King.
     
  14. Nikolakangrga

    Nikolakangrga Well-Known Member

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    Ok thanks guys...
    So I think I'm down to these choices:

    140gr Berger vld
    150gr partition
    140gr accubond

    Of those 3, which would you feel most comfortable with on blacktail deer, hogs, and Black bear?
    All behind the shoulder shots.