My 7-08 is a Remington Model Seven SS with a 20” barrel. 120 grain NBTs @3000fps with Varget 140 grain Partitions/Accubonds @2850fps with Big Game. All 3 bullets have proven to be very accurate and deadly on whitetails in my rifle. I’ll be taking it on my next elk hunt.
I think it depends on what bullets you want to shoot. For my setup, I don’t feel like my SA is lacking. If I wanted to shoot the long heavys, then it would. What bullets do you want to shoot? Honestly answering that question will lead you to the right decision. IMO
I shot 3 bucks a couple of years ago with the 120 NBTs in my 7-08. That was the first deer I killed with that rifle. I was very impressed with those bullets. I didn’t try to go over 3000fps with them. I’m taking this rifle on my next elk hunting trip. That’s why I developed a load with the...
My 7-08 is a Remington Model Seven SS with the factory 20” barrel. Varget gets the 120 grain NBTs going 3000fps with half MOA. Big Game gets the 140 grain Partitions going 2860fps with half MOA accuracy, as well. RL16 was too compressed and slow for me.
I have a Remington Model Seven SS in 7 SAUM with the factory 22” barrel. I love it. It shoots 160 grain Partitions 2980fps and 160 grain Accubonds 2950fps with equal accuracy. I’ve never had any issues with the factory magazine length. I killed my first elk with it last year.