Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by midmo, Feb 18, 2013.

  1. midmo

    midmo Well-Known Member

    Sep 15, 2010
    would 7mm-08 work for long range shooting? hunting? I don't know much about it other than it is bigger than .243. I didn't know if the bc's of 7mm bullets would change effective range of the bullet. I am trying to choose between 7mm-08 and .243. probably the biggest thing to hunt would me whitetail. I would like it to be versatile-varmint or deer or paper punching.

    i also thought about 25-06
  2. liltank

    liltank Well-Known Member

    Nov 3, 2008
    Of the three calipers you picked, the 7mm-08 is the best option. You'll have higher BC bullets and longer barrel life. You can push the heavies at a reasonable velocity to take whitetail to 800yds. As far as paper and varmint, run the thing as far as you can.
  3. J E Custom

    J E Custom Well-Known Member

    Jul 29, 2004

    I hunt with a 7/08 and it does better than it should on deer at 600+ yards and at targets, For several
    years David Tubbs used one to win at camp perry (Including the 1000 yard matches).

    They are amazingly accurate and deadly on all game up to Elk with the right bullet.

  4. Marble

    Marble Well-Known Member

    Jul 19, 2012
    I have a 708 AI and the furthest ive shot it for accuracy is 600. I'm am really happy with it. I've killed deer at 400 with it, but nothing past that.
  5. chucknbach

    chucknbach Well-Known Member

    Jul 19, 2011
    I use a .243, 650yds is my limit for whitetail and antelope.
  6. bower4311

    bower4311 Member

    Nov 12, 2012
    If you reload look into the 260 or another 6.5mm bullet cartridge. If you don't reload start reloading and look into the 6.5mm's haha.
  7. MudRunner2005

    MudRunner2005 Well-Known Member

    Oct 13, 2008
    I have a 7mm-08 that I've had for 15 years. Dad bought it for me for my first bolt-action deer rifle. It's taken many whitetails out to 400+ (free-hand shooting). I still have that old Ruger sittin in the safe, but these days my main deer rifle is a Browing A-Bolt II Composite Stalker w/ BOSS in 7mm Rem Mag.

    The BC of a bullet doesn't change from caliber to caliber......Each individual bullet (projectile) has it's own BC, that varies from brand, model, and bullet weight, whether it's loaded into a 7mm-08, or a 7mmRUM, or anything inbetween. I think what you are meaning to ask is how will it's trajectory or ballistics be for shooting deer at that range.

    Either way, I think the 7mm-08 is a great round, I shoot 140gr Nosler Accubonds out of my handloads, and for factory ammo I shoot Hornady 139gr SST's. I'm not sure, but I'm sure someone (probably Nosler Custom) offers 7mm-08 factory loads with Accubond bullets.

    If you are wanting a nasty 7mm caliber that is perfect from 100-1000+ I'd suggest looking into a 7mm Rem Mag, or a 7mmSTW. But is a very expensive caliber to shoot if you don't handload.