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Old December 7, 2012, 05:27 AM   #1
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7mm-08

New to the forum and to handloading, I have a model seven and a ruger 77 hawkeye in 7-08, just looking for some opinions on some good accurate loads for different bullets weights..
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Old December 7, 2012, 08:04 AM   #2
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My best load to date is 45.5grns of H4350, a Win LR primer and a 150grn Nosler BT/Accubond. 2700fps from my 26" barrel of my 700 but the accuracy is superb.
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Old December 7, 2012, 02:15 PM   #3
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I use a lighter load: 139 grain hornady SP over 39 grains of IMR 4064.
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Old December 7, 2012, 08:42 PM   #4
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I kill deer with my 20" SS Model 7 , shooting a 145 Speer Hot-Cor over 47 Gr. of W-760 ! WARNING , this is a grain over Max according to Speer #13 . So work your load up as you normaly would ! That is the only load I've ever ended up over published max , in 48 years of reloading . Works just like lightening .

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Old December 7, 2012, 08:48 PM   #5
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Every rifle's different...

What's the purpose? Target? Hunting?

Bullets are purpose driven. Pick the bullet weight/type, then talk about loads.

Just got the barrel screwed on my long range 7-08, and a box of 162 grain Amax's for load workup with H4350.

Reloader 17 is also a pretty popular choice here.
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Old December 7, 2012, 10:22 PM   #6
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Right now just target shooting, hunting season is over here in NH, will probably try coyotes in the spring along with some woodchucks next summer with 100 gr varmint bullets. PS: Thanks for the tips and keep em comin.. Like I said, I am new and appreciate all the help.
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Old December 8, 2012, 12:07 AM   #7
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140gr bullets= R-15 and Ramshot BigGame

160gr Bullets = Ramshot Hunter.

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Old December 8, 2012, 02:50 PM   #8
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Yes Steve, I am loading the re 15 behind the 140's, great groups out to 200yds, will have to find some of that Ramshot powder locally.. I tried some 150 match kings pushed by RE 15, nice and tight at 100, bout 3/4 in. out at 200 they were dropping over 6 inches..not good..
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Old December 8, 2012, 03:40 PM   #9
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Are you using a headspace gauge and OAL gauge/bullet comparator?

With the "old" barrel, my best was with the 150 SMK over 44.5 of H4350 at 2,571 fps- out of a 20" barrel. Five shot cloverleafs at 100, no problems banging a 10" plate at 600 yards with it- and that was with the Savage factory barrel.

I prefer the temp-stable powders...
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Old December 8, 2012, 07:10 PM   #10
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at 200 they were dropping over 6 inches..not good..
Sorry, but that's impossible- unless you were launching them at a measly 1700 fps...because that's the MV required to get that bullet (150 SMK) to drop 6" from a 100 yard zero at 200 yards.

Suggest you re-check your loads, because something is waaaayyy off.
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Old December 8, 2012, 07:53 PM   #11
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Sorry, but that's impossible- unless you were launching them at a measly 1700 fps...because that's the MV required to get that bullet (150 SMK) to drop 6" from a 100 yard zero at 200 yards.

Suggest you re-check your loads, because something is waaaayyy off.
Sounds more like a starting load.

According to JBM Ballistics, with a 100 yard zero, the 150gr MK would need to have a MV of about 2,450fps to drop between 5 and 6" at 200.

Most 150gr data for the 7-08 has starting load velocities around 2,500fps.

1,700 fps would have it almost 13" low.
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Old December 9, 2012, 02:02 PM   #12
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According to JBM Ballistics, with a 100 yard zero, the 150gr MK would need to have a MV of about 2,450fps to drop between 5 and 6" at 200.
I ran the calcs on JBM...
Thanks for correcting me...I looked at the wrong column (minutes instead of inches).
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Old December 9, 2012, 02:31 PM   #13
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I had good luck with BLC2 behind a 139 grain bullet.
taken four or five deer with it at over 300 yards, here in Arizona
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Old December 9, 2012, 06:20 PM   #14
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I just started working up a load with the 150Gr. Sierra MK's and Reloader 17 in my Marlin XS7. In theory RL17 should be a fantastic powder for 7mm-08 with heavier bullets and shorter barrels.

R-P Case
Fed. 210M Primers
45.2 Grains was most accurate (1/2" 100-yards)
C.O.L. 2.815" (0.01" off my lands)
22" Barrel Length

Hopefully, I will get the chrono set up next time so see where the velocity is at. I am going to push past 46.0 Grains and try to find the accuracy again. I had consistant velocity increase (by comparing the targets) and no pressure signs up to 46.0 Grains. Looked like a scatter group at 45.6 and 46.0, but I bet it comes back somewhere between 46.3 and 46.9. Just waiting on a Lee Case Length Gauge (becuase I can't find one in any store for 7mm-08Rem.) so I can trim my cases.

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I am also interested in trying out the 160 Grain Sierra HPBT Game King. Should be a good long-range bullet for deer and antelope comparable to the Hunting VLDs.

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Old December 9, 2012, 06:46 PM   #15
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I am going to try those 150 HPBT's again, maybe I did something wrong, they did real good at 100 so at 200 they should have been no more than a 2" drop. No I do not have a headspace gauge, but I do check my overall length. Funny thing also, I had 1 round left of the 150 BT's so I shot it out of my model seven at 200 and was just left and about 1.5 in low of the bull, Go figure.
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Old December 10, 2012, 09:29 PM   #16
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Why 150s

Maybe I'm just simple , but why would anyone want to target shoot with 150s out of a 7mm-08 ? Wouldn't 120s make more sence on paper targets at 200 Yards ? They sure would be more pleasent to shoot !
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Old December 11, 2012, 09:28 PM   #17
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If you load the Speer 120 or 130 grain bullets over H414/WW760, you can have a pretty good do-all deer and antelope load. Thank me later. CB.
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Old December 11, 2012, 09:33 PM   #18
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For my 280, I use RL-19 with 139 Hornady and 140 Sierras.
For my 260, I use RL-19 with 120s.

For your 7-08, like the 260, medium slow is the way to go.
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Old December 12, 2012, 05:08 AM   #19
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I have some 120 gr and some 100 gr. coming via UPS today. Like I said at the beginning of this thread, I am new to reloading and I am just playing around with alot of different loads, Thanks for all the good advice.
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Old December 13, 2012, 10:03 PM   #20
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@Oneoldsap,

I like the 150gr. (in theory) bullets for shooting at 500-600 yards. If I was staying within 200 yards I would choose the 130 SMK instead.
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Old December 15, 2012, 09:49 AM   #21
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^^^^

Heavier, higher BC bullets at long range...hence the 162's...
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Old December 15, 2012, 12:57 PM   #22
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140 grain nosler accubond, 46.5 grains of H-4350, CCI 200 LR Primers. Works really well in my rifle! I bought this rifle with thoughts of my wife being able to deer hunt with it without getting beat up from recoil, the rifle is a howa 1500 compact ranch with the rhogue rubber over molded stock, the trigger was HORRIBLE out of the box and nothing I could do to make it better and keep it safe, (I've adjusted many different triggers over the years and replaced a few that wouldn't adjust) I ended up putting a timney in it. When I bought the rifle I also bought most everything to reload for it but was hoping it would shoot factory 140 grain remington core lokts as I didn't want to set up and load for it with a super busy work schedule, the rifle WOULD NOT shoot the factory ammo, the best it grouped was 5 or 6" from a bench with caldwell rock up front and rear sandbags, I thought to myself well you ended up with a piece of junk with this one! I went home and started the reloading process to see what I could get out of it, the above load was the very first load I tried and the little rifle shot it sub moa! My wife killed her first buck with it last month, its a keeper
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Old December 16, 2012, 02:36 PM   #23
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My loaner rifle (Model 700) likes:
46.5 grains of H4350
CCI BR-2
Sierra 140 gr. Pro-Hunter.
2753 fps
2.81" C.O.A.L
1.5 MOA

It's a loaner cause it's right handed & I'm a lefty. It'd probably shoot better if I played with the load a bit. I probably never will because of the loaner status.
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