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Old November 4, 2012, 09:13 PM   #9
idek
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The ONLY reason for a 7mm08 is if you prefer a short action rifle.
Taken from recoil chart on Chuck Hawks website:

7mm-08: A 140 grain bullet at 2,860 fps muzzle velocity out of an 8-pound gun has 12.6 ft-lbs. of recoil energy.

.280 rem: A 140 grain bullet at 3,000 fsp muzzle velocity out of an 8-pound gun has 17.2 ft-lbs. of recoil energy.

In that situation, you're giving up only 5% muzzle velocity, and 9% muzzle energy by choosing the 7mm-08, but dropping recoil energy by 27%.

I'd say that's a good reason for choosing the 7mm-08 in some cases.
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