What is the best weight bullet for the 7mm08 ?

Idaho Lefty

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@ LVJ76,.. Yup,.. If you ever hear anyone, "bad mouthing" a Partition Bullet, you'll know that, they don't know "chit" about,.. Killin', Big Game ! Not, the highest BC around but, freakin',.. DEADLY ! Usually, a "pass thru" as they, Penetrate, well.
Our Family and friend's, have shot, a lot of Big Game over, the years with them, at reasonable ranges. Deer, Elk and Bear, with, .270's, .30-06's and the .338 Win Mag.
Can't even remember, anyone,.. having to shoot, twice !
 

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I've been shooting a 7mm-08 since 1982. My wife didn't like the recoil of a 30-06 so I traded in one of my 1100's and some cash and got her a Rem 700. It didn't have a recoil pad on it when we got it and she didn't like that either! So it became mine. It's a flat out shooter with any bullet I've reloaded it for, 110 TTSX's up through 140 partitions. Killed my first moose with it using a 140 partition. Shot numerous caribou with it, my daughter and I used it in Africa. She used it for Kudu, Springbok and Steenbok. I used it on an Ostrich running full blast at about a 45 degree angle, one shot. Probably the best shot I've ever made. Ostrich's can really run. H414 and Varget are favorite powders. I've been testing some CFE223 loads recently and they shoot pretty well, with good velocity. I just loaded up some 145 LRX's and they shoot under an inch at 100yds for three shots too. I've just started thinking about doing some longer range stuff and I'll be tested some heavier bullets in the ol 7mm-08. By the way the wife is much more recoil tolerant these days, she wants to get a buffalo, (AK drawing results come out tomorrow) and so I had her try a buffalo sized gun. She took my 375 H&H and shot freehand, two shots an inch from the bullseye at 100yds.
 

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Thanks. Lots of good information on this site and I'm playing catch up.
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I have 3 Remington 700's in 7x08, the 28" barrell one I use for competition and the other two have 24" bartells, these my wife and I use for hunting. I've found no need to use more than 139gr or 140gr bullets on them. But I have gone up to 162gr and I get sub MOA groups with them as well. All have 1 in 9.25" twist. On the competition one I've used 168gr Sierra MK's with sub MOA accuracy but like the performance of the 150gr MK's better.

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Wa ting to build semi custom 7-08 with legit 400 yd capacity for Mule Deer. Barrel twist and Hammer bullet suggestions?
 

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Wa ting to build semi custom 7-08 with legit 400 yd capacity for Mule Deer. Barrel twist and Hammer bullet suggestions?
For 400 yards with hammer bullets, I would do an 8.5 twist, and if your an experienced reloader, run the 140 Absolute Hammer. Check out the absolute hammer thread for some peoples loads, do a crimp on the bullet, and if you have a bushing die, run .003-.004" neck tension. These are not conventional bullets, so conventional load methods don't necessarily apply. However, you will likely get 3000 fps, maybe more from a 22"+ barrel. People are seeing 200-300 fps increase over standard lead core bullets with these.

If your somewhat new to reloading however, maybe consider the 131 Hammer. I would still run an 8.5 twist, to keep your options open if you ever wanted to go farther than 400 yards and run heavier bullets. Mule deer won't stand a chance with any of these.
 

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Lono time hand loader ( 50 plus years) new to Hammers however. Thanks for the intel. Sounds like another fun project.
 

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