I have a 7mm RM which has been rebarrel with a Hells Canyon Armory carbon barrel. Currently I’m shooting 155 Hammer Hunter bullets. Because I ordered a shorter barrel to compensate for a muzzle brake I’m only getting a muzzle velocity of 2800 FPS before I start seeing pressure signs. I’m using Nosler brass and Retumbo powder. The rifle shoots my reloads into 3/8”- 5/8” @ 100 yds.
My question is with that bullet and muzzle velocity what should I consider my maximum shooting distance on elk should be. I understanding shot placement is always very critical. Thanks for any input.
I shoot 168gr Berger VLD's with 69grs of H1000 at 2950fps, 0.26 MOA @ 100yds out of my 7mm RM. Schneider 22" barrel with a muzzle brake. I could go a bit hotter but my rifle likes that round.
Two comments which were previously mentioned: 1) You should be around 3,000fps. 2) 1500ft-lbs on-target is the generally accepted minimum energy necessary for a good kill.
I would add that you might want to experiment with how far you are off the lands to improve accuracy although the math says it's good for the mission. I found that closer is better (Bergers are like that) but every rifle/ammo is different. I'm 0.002 off lands with CBTO of 2.705.