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7mm-08 info

Discussion in 'Rifle Discussion' started by dmancornell, Apr 29, 2013.

  1. dmancornell

    dmancornell Portland, OR New Member

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    I just bought a rifle in 7mm-08, it's my first foray into this caliber.

    Question for experienced shooters, what kind of factory ammo has been accurate? Market price on brass? Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Shooter98

    Shooter98 McMinnville, Or. Member

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    Info on the 7mm-08 is pretty much everywhere. There's another forum that has oodles of info. The nice thing about the 7mm-08 is that basically all the info for the 308 directly correlates. It just uses slightly less powder. Ballistics wise, it's a little more superior, and harder hitting. There are plenty of factory loads out there as well. Question though, is it standard 7mm-08 or 7mm-08AI?
     
  3. dmancornell

    dmancornell Portland, OR New Member

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    Standard 7mm-08.
     
  4. DoubleTapDrew

    DoubleTapDrew Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Most accurate in my 700 was Remington 140gr core-lokt. In fact it took a while to find a handload that was more accurate.
     
  5. 2ndtimer

    2ndtimer SE Washington state Active Member

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    I would try to locate some Federal Fusion ammo. It has proven very accurate in the 2 cartridges I have tried it in, .243 Win and .338 Federal. Kind of the 2 extremes of the .308 Win case. I would not be surprised at all if it proved very accurate in the 7mm-08 in either the 120 gr or the 140 gr load. I never fired any factory 7mm-08 loads in the 7mm-08 Model 70 Lightweight Carbine that I had for a while years ago. It was all handloads with Varget and IMR-4064 primarily with Hornady 139 gr SP and Nosler 140 gr Ballistic Tips.
     
  6. DoubleTapDrew

    DoubleTapDrew Oregon Well-Known Member

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    This Is in a 18" lightweight mountain profile bbl. Very accurate (cloverleafs @100yds)
    I haven't tried any of the fusion loads yet. But the Remington was pretty much our benchmark when developing handloads.

    We since developed 160gr load I like that matches (or surpasses) the accuracy of the 140gr load but its what worked in mine so I'd give it a try. good deer medicine and puts it where you aim it.
     
  7. dmancornell

    dmancornell Portland, OR New Member

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    Thanks for the link.
     
  8. orygun

    orygun West Linn Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I've done some work with my wife's Ruger Compact 7mm-08. While I am usually very happy with Remington Core-Lokts for accuracy, this gun didn't shoot the 140gr load very well. Velocity was very uniform, but accuracy wasn't so hot. I had better accuracy with starting handloads using Nosler Accubond or Barnes XLC bullets.
    However Federal Premium with the Nosler Partition 140gr is a great shooter out of the same gun.

    All of the handloading I did was in Remington cases acquired as new ammo. I needed to be a little choosy with powder because of the Ruger's short barrel (16.5") RL15 was one of the best performers.
     
  9. DieselScout

    DieselScout S Clackamas County Well-Known Member

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    Perfect timing to bump this thread, just done done putting a 7mm-08 barrel on my Savage! Can't wait to get out and give it a try.
     
  10. orygun

    orygun West Linn Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Let's see a pic!
     
  11. DieselScout

    DieselScout S Clackamas County Well-Known Member

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    It's actually a Stevens 200, but it's looking pretty sharp with the new 24" stainless barrel.

    IMG_20130523_194950_802.jpg

    Next up is a new stock. I've been looking for a nice take off for a while, but think I am going to go with a thumb hole laminate from Boyds. We'll see.
     
  12. mrblond

    mrblond Salem OR Well-Known Member

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    Hey Dman, let us know how you like your new rifle. I am looking at getting something smaller then my 338-378 for whitetail this season.