if i may be so bold as to ask for them that is. I just ordered, a xs7 in 7mm-08. Im trying to get a list of things to start reloading for her. the direcction im looking at going is barnes (i know their expensive but i like them), and maybe the hornady 139ng sst's. and powder i was hoping to try some varget powder.
I dont want to limit and ill definatly take a look at everything, but i want to jump into this and get some lead/copper down range. thanks for any direction, and i did try and search but i couldnt seem to find one thread with 7mm-08 pet loads and maybe this could start a one thread for all 7mm08 loads? or im just grasping to high. have a good weekend.
I have not done very much load work for my Tikka 7mm-08 but I will be glad to share what little I have. In about three months, I'll have a full page or so to share. Of course, we all know every rifle is different.
I am a big fan of Varget and it is all I use for my .308. For the 7mm-08, I am going with the Nosler BT and Nosler Accubond for this rifle. I bought this rifle for hunting pronghorn, possibly mule deer, and coyotes (since I gave my Ruger .243 to my son.) I have had the best groups with the Accubond and 41.6gr of Varget. I have had a few groups less than .500" but I have a lot more work to do with it. The Nosler BT groups were in the 1.00" area consistently with 42.0gr of Varget which isn't too bad but I know it will do better.
I like Barnes bullets too but they are really expensive as you say. I have tried them in my .308's in the 168gr TTSX. I had good groups but I have more work to do with these too. I might try the 140gr TTSX in the 7mm-08 this spring.
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well ill keep things updated here then. Im really leaning towards the 140tsx and the varget(of course the barnes manuel only lists a load with varget for the 120tsx. ill just start off low and work to where i get my accuracy.
I have shot thousands of 7-08 rounds in HP silhouette competition; and the 7-08 is my go to deer gun here in central Pa. I have always used IMR 4064. I found, especially for silhouette use that Varget was lacking in the velosity department. For hunting I have always used 39.0 grs. of 4064 over a 160 Sierra Gameking. This combo has put a lot of venison in the freezer over the last 20 years. 4895 would be a good powder also.
I haven't used these loads hunting yet but I've found these loads to be very accurate:
120gr Nosler Ballistic Tip; 50grs of Ramshot Big Game; WLR primer; 2.855 OAL.
130ge Speer BT; 45.5grs IMR 4064; WLR primer; 2.750 OAL or .010 off rifling.
Both loads 1 hole groups at 100yrds.
Another bullet you might want to consider is the Speer 130gr Hot Core. My 7mm-08 and 7x57 loads all center around that bullet. It's one tough bullet and shoots absolutely great from my two 7mm-08's and my 7x57. I've never recovered a bullet or even a piece of one from deer,
and the deer just crumble in heap. Whenever I'm hunting with my Rem Model 7 in 7mm-08 I feel like I am hunting with a light mini 270 Win.
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I'm in the process of sorting out some favorite loads for my 7mm08 also. I hope to get back to the range this week for the Barnes 120TTSX trial loads, and the Speer 160 HotCors. I have found Varget to work well in my Kimber, and the Sierra 120 Pro Hunter is awesome with it. I try to find two loads for this kind of rifle; a light/fast for combo coyotes/deer and either a tougher lightweight ( i.e the Barnes 120TTSX) or heavier (I like the 154/160 for this rifle) for combo deer/elk/hogs.
The 120 Vmax shot well in my rifle with H4895. I bought some factory Hornady Superformance 139 GMX to try, just "cuz", ha.
But, I think all of us 7mm08 guys would discover that the Barnes 120TSX or TTSX will do it all in this caliber! A heavier Barnes just isn't necessary, and I base this on using the lighter weights in several calibers for game in the past. I love Barnes, but I love the old cup/core heavies too.
I shot one head of game with the 139SST Light Magnum ammo, years back, on a sheep ( compared in body size to a Southern Whitetail) around 200yds, it didn't exit, seemed pretty soft...great for deer, but I would not choose it for cow elk. I do believe, however, the 154SST around 2600 would do swell on hogs/elk. In cup/core bullets, I don't think the Speer 160 Hotcor would ever fail you, my friend killed a humongouse cow elk with my handload in his 280AI with this bullet ( it was only going around 2700, cow as hit at 125yds or so.) I look at the 7mm08 as a modern 7x57....but I just picked up an old Model 93 in 7x57 to shoot strictly 173gr factory loads! You should see what that 140TTSX does in my 7mm RUM!
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thanks everyone, i meant to keep this updated but.... well i havent been shooting much. alot going on at work and at home. I did get out and give the 139gn sst and varget a go, and got somewhere around a 1" group at 100, decided that ill try a different direction and found a different powder from the bench and have a batch loaded up. Ill try and dig out those old targets in the next month, I know ill be shooting at somepoint in the next month also.
Also leaning towards getting some 120 or 140 tsx's since im familar with them and have had good luck with them in the past(308 win mag) both on and off the range.
My 120TTSX/Varget weren't so hot yesterday at the range (the range was hot!) but I did check/zero the Hornady Superformance 140GMX. I didn't shoot for group, just dialed it in, shooting one shat per adjustment, 3 shots and I was spot on. 2914 fps. Nice stuff.
I'll keep playing with the 120TTSX though, just need the right tweeking. I could hunt with what I got, but this rifle does better with what it likes.
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I've only loaded a few 115 and 120's and no 130's from my 7mm08. Most all my loading has been 139, 140, 150, and few 160's and 170's.
For the 115's and 120's, BLC2/Win748 gave best velocities and decent accuracy from my 20" bbl Rem Mod-7. (over 3,000fps, 3,100 w/115's).
With 139gr Hornady BtSpt, Win748 was my favorite with IMR4350 second due to lower velocity but better accuracy. However, since trying RL-17, it's my ONLY powder for the 7mm08.
Accuracy matches best of other powders and velocity is unexceeded. I'm using:
48.0gr with 139gr for 2,900fps.
47.0 with 140's (CorLokts, ProHunter, Nosler Partition),for 2,850fps (longer bearing surfaces than the 139gr boat-tails).
46.0gr with the 150's (Rem Corlokt, Sierra BT, Win PowerPoint, Nosler Partition for 2,750fps. -My favorite load/weight.
44.0gr for 160gr Sierra and 162gr A-max for 2,600fps.
RL-17 has lower volumn per weight than IMR4350 with less compression and higher velocities of H4350 but better accuracy....
With the 7mm08 a "premium" hunting bullet isn't really neccesary. The cup and core bullets are just fine at 2,700-2,900fps muzzle velocities of the 7mm08. In my experience, the Remington CorLokts actually out perform the Nosler Partitions for penetration with the 7mm08. And there is no contest in the price! Cor-lokts are 1/3 the cost of the Noslers and just as accurate.
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