7mm-08 for 1000 yards match???

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by TireurDelite, Apr 19, 2005.

  1. TireurDelite

    TireurDelite Active Member

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    Hello all,

    Those of you guys/gals who have done this kind of shooting, could you give me feed back on this cartrige for 1000 yards target.
    I realize there's better but I am thinking that perhaps this round won't kick as much as say the 6.5-284 or 308? Plus I am also hoping it won't be a barrel and throat burner.
    What about the .223 shooting 75-80 grains bullets? What twist will the barrel needs to be? 1-7 overkill or 1-8?

    I hope to have lots of feed back as I have caught the bug after this past week end where I attended a shoot at Tulsa Red Castle Gun Club.

    Thank you for your time.
     
  2. abinok

    abinok Writers Guild

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    You betcha!
    There used to be a mojor problem in shooting a 7mm in competition of any kind... no good bullets.
    Today that problem is solved, great LR bullets from sierra, berger and others thrown from a 7mm08 will do pretty well at 1000. Recoil will be a bit less than a 308, especially if you compare it with the 190gr bullet many use for 1k in the 308. It will eat barrels faster than the 308, bot not by much. A friend has a 7mm08 that I load for, that is pushing the 3000rd mark with good accuracy.
    Are you planning on using a factory gun or going the custom route? Some factory twists won't stabalize the 180gr class bullets at 7mm08 speeds under all circumstances.
     
  3. 308 nate

    308 nate Well-Known Member

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    TireurDelight,
    My recommendation would be the .260 Rem. as you are looking for low recoil and optimum performance up to 1,000 yds.
    I am just finishing up a .260 AI for myself but have been waitin' on that stock from McMillan for almost 3 months! /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/frown.gif

    Nothing wrong with the .708 either, but check out that .260 as it will out-preform the .708 on everything except the long range energy,but would still have enough energy for whitetails and muleys to 500+ yads.
    FWIW,
    308nate
     
  4. Mysticplayer

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    If you like the 308, then the 223 with 80gr HP or 75gr Amax is ballistically identical to the favoured 175gr load. Recoil is pretty close to zip and you get to shoot lots before your barrel warms up. However, wind bucking is not that great when compared to...

    The 260Rem. I love this cal and 142/140gr bullets can easily be launched at 2800fps in a longer barrel. That is within 150fps of the 6.5-284. Easy on shoulder and throat.

    You can of course go with an improved 260Rem like the AI or my Mystic. This gets you even closer to the 284 performance with less powder. The 6.5WSSM improved have similar case volume and performance.

    Because of new bullets, the 6mm is coming into its own and may very well "Own" the 1000yd game soon. Stretched 6BR or shortened 243Win's are showing up in all sorts of versions.

    With the newer 115gr bullets and fast twist, they are ballistically very close to the 142gr MK from 284's. Still pretty hard on throats but much better then the 6.5-284 (???). Way lower recoil too.

    If starting new, find out which competition you want to follow. Then build to suit. If just plinking and want a factory rifle, the 243 with 9twist, 223 with 9 twist, or 260 with 9 twist will all get you to the 1000yd mark with ease.

    I like the 7-08 alot but the recoil is just that much higher then the smaller cals.

    Now if bullet makers jump on the 25cal bandwagon, we will have lots of new wildcats to talk about.

    Jerry
     
  5. bob_spangler_jr

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    i've looked, and i can't find a factory rifle in 7mm-08 with a heavy barrel. why is this? i know i sure would like one!
    bob
     
  6. ds

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    For a great all rounder, if you don`t mind a long action I would have a look at 6.5x55 Good Lapua brass, a long neck (less potential donut problems)and some factory ammo (not a lot but better than 260 Rem in that respect).Excellent track record in Europe.

    I changed from 6.5x55 to .260 Rem only because the action I wanted is not available in a long action. What I am finding is a lot more work with preping cases.

    Hope it helps,

    David.
     
  7. redbone

    redbone Well-Known Member

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    I have found an Heavy Barrel 7mm-08 in Remington 700 VLS they made them in one year around 2001 .
    I all so hurd about them makeing an Remington 700 Heavy Barrel in Varmint Special . one year. in the mid 80.

    Redbone
     
  8. hvy barrel

    hvy barrel Well-Known Member

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    [ QUOTE ]
    I have found an Heavy Barrel 7mm-08 in Remington 700 VLS they made them in one year around 2001 .
    I all so hurd about them makeing an Remington 700 Heavy Barrel in Varmint Special . one year. in the mid 80.

    This is correct, I personally have a 7mm08 VLS & it is a discontinued gun. So is the 260 that Remington made in this configuration, according to the Blue Book of Gun Values. I have seen an old Remington ad for their Varmint Special that was made from 1968 to sometime in the 80's listing the 7mm08 as one of the calibers available. I don't know how long they made this particular caliber/rifle combination. Personally, I like my 7mm08 VLS very much, it is a very good shooter.
     
  9. long range erik

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    Does the 7mm08 reach 1000 yards still supersonic and what accuracy would you expect e.g. would hit hit a small deer ect
     
  10. JC Hedj

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    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8J4Hy1zfT7Y]1000 yd 7MM08 Movie.wmv - YouTube[/ame]
     
  11. LWILLIAMS

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    No problem going to 1000 with the 162 amax in the 7mm-08. Heck we do it with heavy bullets and 308 also.
     
  12. JC Hedj

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    Oh , you wanted heavy duty bullets bigger than a 308...why didn't you say so ? :D

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pRxbOXVeC4U]1000 yd shooting 30-06 Savage Model 112VBSS - YouTube[/ame]

    Now working on 180 gr to hit paper at 1,000 yards

    Birchwood Casey Shoot n C . Trying to see impact on 60 power spotting scope...not doing so good. No one wants to stay up range and mark targets :rolleyes:

    Bear is for 50 cal black powder 45-70, 45-90 and 45-110 gr

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