I shoot 168 ablr, 180 eldm, and 140 hammers. It’s old gunwerks brass, which is made by adg but might have different volume. My max coal is 2.95 or so. 24” barrel. 4831sc is plenty slow for my stuff, it will be prime for the mid weights in 22” pipe. The only suboptimal results I got were from 7877. H4831 is one of the most stable and accurate and forgiving powders available and I could get it during the worst of times if I needed to. Fed 210 works great, I get accuracy anywhere on the map, and most guys I’ve talked used regular large rifle with a lot of success. The 168 ablr and 180 are both going off h4831 and I’m getting 2660 fps for the 180. I can’t remember the 168 velocity right now. 168 is around 58.5g and 180 is around 53g. The 140 absolute hammer is doing 3230 off around 63g Reloder 16. All of these are easily beer can accurate at600y. I have had zero problems using long bullets in a short action, very minimal tuning required. I haven’t shot a group over 3/4 minute, including ladder testing. Except trying the imr7877.
nobody thinks a 180 class bullet doing 26-2700 is low effort when a 30-06 does it so I never understand why it turns people off when a 7mm does it. I would absolutely hunt deer with it, but I decided to hunt the 140 hammer and had great success. Out to 600 and beyond the numbers for 140 are very, very good. The 160 class ticks a lot of boxes but I prefer the either-or approach. Happy to provide any data I have if you decide want to deviate later on, and don’t let anyone tell you what you can’t do with the saum. It’s been incredibly flexible with outstanding results across a wide spectrum.
Well, I hunt in an area of the country where trajectories, velocities, and proper ballistics at distance really matter. So for me, it’s important to find a balance between speed, accuracy, and bullet drop, and the ability to buck the wind. I still want a load that offers a flat shot, that has enough velocity for proper ballistics at distance. Most of my shots start at 300 yards, and that’s no joke.