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Old February 15, 2001, 11:43 AM   #1
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I've got a 4 day weekend ahead and a sunny forecast, so plan on spending some time at the range.

I'm building up some new loads for 7mm-08 and 45/70. Any suggestions that have worked well for you? The 45/70 is a reasonably strong single shot, but not as strong as a Ruger #1.

Also, I'm going to load up some Barnes-X bullets in both calibers, so any info relating to that would be helpful.
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Old February 16, 2001, 02:07 AM   #2
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shunt, I don't have my logbook with me, but Varget has proven to be the best powder for my m7 7-08. My preferred bullet for whitetails is Barnes' XBT 130gr.
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Old February 16, 2001, 07:38 AM   #3
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My favorite 7-08 load is 3031 and a 100 grn seirra bullet and 4064 and 120 or 139 grn seirra bullets.

Very Very accurate out of my 700bdl.
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Old February 16, 2001, 09:53 AM   #4
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I've had excellent success in 7mm-08 with Accurate XMR-2015 and 140 Nosler Ballistic Tips. Averaged .64" groups with my Savage Scout rifle.

The Varget was not far behind with .89" group average and a little more velocity. The Varget proved better with 120 gr HP loads.

I've got some 140 gr Barnes X Boat Tails and was planning on loading up some with both powders.

I'm going to load the 45/70's with 300 gr. Sierras and 350 gr. Hornaday RN. My 300 gr. Barnes X didn't come in my last order, urrgh. I was planning on trying out H4198 and Accurate XMR-2015. I've been told that both are good for 45/70.

What about magnum primers? Would those be recommended considering the large case size? And, is it really necessary to crimp 45/70 for a single shot? I can sure understand it with a lever action, but I'm not convinced that it is necessary in a single shot. Thoughts?
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Old February 16, 2001, 11:25 AM   #5
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Winchester's 760 works well for me in the 7-08. I usually use the Hornady 139gr SP but will try most any bullet in that weight range. The 45-70 is one of the things I haven't gotten around too.
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