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    7mm-08 bullets

    Oh, no! I just bought a bolt gun. Well, at least it is a Marlin XS7. What is you favorite bullet for our deer? Here in NC most of adult deer will weigh between 80 and 180 lbs. Seems a lot I'm reading about the cup and core bullets 140 gr and up work really well. Looking for performance on game first with acceptable groups ~1.5" or less. Bullets in factory ammo or for reloading. Shots will likely be kept less than 200 yards and probably 100 yards or less. Just wondering what has worked for y'all. Leaning toward 145 gr or even 160 gr. Setting this one up for my lady to hunt with.
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    years ago I had a 7-08 I shot 140gr. ballistic tips. today when in applicable I use sierra game king BTHP they are fantastic! I have some 140gr in that bullet for my 7mm mauser but I haven't shot a deer with one yet but I promise you they will work well,,,,,,,,,,
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    I have been shooting the 120 gr Nos BT. The jackets on the 120 gr BT is thicker than the jacket on the 140 gr making for a great bullet. You can't go wrong with the 120 gr or the 140 gr. I use Varget powder exclusively in both my 7-08 Rem 700's.
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    Did a BLR 7mm-08 for a few seasons. Settled on the 150 gr Nosler Ballistic Tip at around 2600 fps from that short barrel, highest velocity with accuracy was H414 or Win 760. Accuracy was very good, and the bullet gave awesome expansion and penetration at woods ranges. With the 140 gr bullets, the Ballistic Tip over expanded with limited penetration on close range strikes, and the Nosler Partition didn't seem to expand much resulting in runners that made it 50 yards or so.

    I'm back to the 150 gr Nosler Partition but this is with a 7mm WSM BLR which is running 500 fps hotter.
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    The only deer I have taken with my 7-08 was with a factory Winchester 140gr round (60 yds front shoulder, quartering to me. Bullet never came out, but dropped the buck in his tracks. I was not reloading yet at that time. Since then, I have tried the Hornady 154gr Inter lock bullet with IMR 4895 and Varget. They both shot decent. I have settled on the 130gr Speer HotCor flat base bullet over a max charge of Varget though (supposed to be about 3,000 fps). It is plenty accurate and I like a faster, smaller bullet for the 7-08. I'm using the 154s in my 7mm mag now.
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    I have had profound terminal effects with the Hornady GMX bullets. I've used them in .270 W and 7 mm mag. My Marlin X7 is 1/2 moa at 100 yards with off the shelf ammo. The Hornady Superformance GMX. I hear the SST is good to but why change if it works, right.
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    Last time I checked deer weren't wearing armour plate.

    The 7mm-08 has limited powder space for its calibre so the lighter to mid weight bullets work best. IMHO 120gn to 140gn are adequate for all but the largest deer (think Elk).

    Personally I prefer using good old Sierra Pro Hunters (soft point, flat base) in 140gn for mature Red deer. Bang ... flop.
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    I have a Savage bolt action in 7mm08 and it absolutely loves the 139g Hornady SuperPerformance SST. It is my most accurate rifle that I have ever owned, well my son owns it now. It still resides in my safe, so I still claim it right now.
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    I came into a deal on a bunch of 150gr Nosler Ballistic Tips for my 708. I worked up a load with H4895 that shoots great.


    Ive killed a bunch of deer with NBT’s in other cals and have never been disappointed in performance so I figure these will be much the same.


    Lots of really good 7mm bullets available.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OLSKOOL View Post
    years ago I had a 7-08 I shot 140gr. ballistic tips. today when in applicable I use sierra game king BTHP they are fantastic! I have some 140gr in that bullet for my 7mm mauser but I haven't shot a deer with one yet but I promise you they will work well,,,,,,,,,,
    I like the Serria Gameking BTSP 130 gr. in my Rem. 700 chambered in Win. .270. IF I wind up reloading I may go with a 140gr Gameking.


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