Best 7mm for 500 yards and less

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by nctta, Feb 10, 2014.

  1. nctta

    nctta Well-Known Member

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    Looking to build a deer rifle for girlfriend where she will shoot a max of 500yards. She has no issue shooting my 7WsM or 7SAUM, shes not recoil sensative, but was leaning toward a 7-08. I defiantly want to stick with a 7mm, but not sure is there is a better choice when sticking to factory ammo choices than the 7/08??
     
  2. Jud96

    Jud96 Well-Known Member

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    The 7mm-08 does have a lot of factory ammo available for it, but why don't you just stick with the 7mm WSM or 7mm SAUM? These will offer a lot more knock down power at the farther ranges and you already have one so you could both swap shells if you had to.
     
  3. MudRunner2005

    MudRunner2005 Well-Known Member

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    7mm-08 will do it with no problems, but I think you'd be happier with a flatter trajectory, based on your caliber suggestion options. So I think the regular old 7mm RemMag with a VAIS brake will be just fine for what you want. Plus, lots of commonly found factory ammo options out there for it.
     
  4. Jud96

    Jud96 Well-Known Member

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    +1 the old tried and true "Big 7" would be great as well. It has A LOT of factory offerings out there as well. If you ever want to get past 500yds the 7mm Mag is also one of the best to do it with.
     
  5. sendero72

    sendero72 Well-Known Member

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    7-08 is a great choice for her. She can shoot cheaper and shoot more rounds which equals fun. If you decide to get into reloading, then you can easily extend her range.
     
  6. elkaholic

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    For 500 yard max, 7-08 hands down.....Rich
     
  7. Creedmoor shooter

    Creedmoor shooter Well-Known Member

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    If she isnt recoil sensative then just go to the 7mmRm. Get more firepower and range out of that than a 7-08
     
  8. adam32

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    280 ai.
     
  9. Varberger757

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    When sticking to factory ammo I'd support Mudrunner's opinion with the 7 RM, otherwise I'd strongly recommend 7x57 Mauser. Very similar to the 7-08 but also capable to shoot bullets up to 175gr with reasonable velocity. gun)
     
  10. nctta

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    Thanks for the replies. I think I'm going 280ai. I've got the dies and plenty of 280 brass to load with and nosler has 280AI ammo if I need it. I sold a 280ai two years ago and regretted it so I think I'll do another. The 280ai I had shot factory remington 280 loads pretty good anyway.
     
  11. elkaholic

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    That's a good choice if you want more pop. Just a thought, you might want to consider the 7 SAUM if that is the energy range you are looking for. It is on a short action and would be a little more compact and lighter for your wife. It is ballistically the same as the A.I.......Rich
     
  12. MudRunner2005

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    I love the .280 AI, but didn't suggest it since you seemed adamant about easily finding ammo on the shelf. If you build an original Ackley version of the .280 AI you should be able to shoot factory ammo no problem, but I have been told the new Nosler/SAAMI spec .280 AI is .014" shorter, so stuffing factory loads in there might not fit. But if you already have a reamer to match the dies you were using before, you should be good to go.

    I am wanting to build one of those very soon. I was going to build one out of my Browning A-Bolt II 7RM, but since I can't seem to find a standard bolt head anywhere, and Browning is wanting to be a bunch of punks about selling me one, I decided to just go with a .264 WinMag. Since I have almost all the parts for that (minus barrel blank) I'll go ahead and get it built. However, once I get a couple more actions for my builds, I'll be ready to start my .280 AI and .300 Ackley builds.
     
  13. jfseaman

    jfseaman Well-Known Member

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    Factory ammo: 7-08, 7RM or 7WSM. All very fine chamberings. I chose a 284 but am not concerned about factory ammo.
     
  14. nctta

    nctta Well-Known Member

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    I love my 7saum and 7wsm and would build her one too, but I'd like to replace my old 280ai and restock it if she wears out her welcome.