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Looking for some real world deer loads for the 7mm.08. My brother just picked up a remington 700 mountain lss. He's a deer hunter so looking for some proven recipes, he is especially interested in using a bonded bullet.
Can't help with the bonded bullets, but my favorite is a 139gr Hornady SP with Hodgdon Varget 42.7gr and a Remington primer/Remington prepped case. Out of my 26" barrel it gives me 2775fps, and no signs of pressure.
As always, start with a 10% reduction of powder and work up carefully!
Hope someone has something closer to what your looking for?!?!?
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I am thinking that in the real world, someone elses load might not work in your rifle, probably won't. What is most important is the selection of the bullet and unless your talking about some awfully big deer, I stay away from the bonded core bullet. Problem is it may be to hard to give a more rapid preformance on deer. A good shot could appear to be a miss. I have had a number of hit's like that with my 25-06 and 6.5-06. To much bullet and the deer walks off looking like it was never hit.
That 139gr Hornady shopuld be a good bullet. In a 7x57 I used a 145gr Speer and 154gr Hornady RN with good results. If they work in a 7x57 they should work well in a 7-08.
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Maybe a bonded bullet may be too much for deer, that's just what he was asking about, and why I was asking the question about real world experiences. I was just wondering what real experiences anyone may have had so it would give us a starting point for load development for his new rifle. Thanks for any info provided.
A buddy of mine has the same rifle in 7-08 and he uses if I remember correctly the 140 partition with one of the 4350's. It puts the deer up here down pretty quick. I can give him a buzz and get his data for you if you like.
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For a starting load, I am shooting 154 grain HDY SSTs in my 7mm-08 26" bull bbl Rem 700 VLS. No Chrony data yet, but case dia. at the web went from .469 to .470 after firing. I used Wolf LRs and 43 grains of the new Hodgdon H100V. COAL is 2.835 as this is the absolute max for the Rem 700 magazine. My buddy runs a 7mm Rem. Magnum and uses the HDY 162 grain SSTs to good effect on deer. According to Varmintal's analysis this .001 set in the case at web diameter is indicative of 50,000+ chamber pressure.