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Old 05-28-2013, 02:48 PM   #21
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Bullets I like in 7mm
140gr Game King (they should have named them Deer King)
150gr Ballistic Tip.
160gr Game King
160gr Deep Curl
and 120gr Pro Hunter which I use in my super accurate low recoil load, kicks like a 243 at 2950fps and punches one semi smooth hole at 100yd with H380
Have fun with the 280 you should be able to get about 100-150fps more then my 7mm-08.

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Apex I really like the 7mm-08 it's an excellent deer cartridge,I liked it so much it was the first high powered cartridge I purchased for my son when he was 9 years,15 years ago and he still hunting with it.

That's one fine cartridge the 7mm-08.

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Apex I really like the 7mm-08 it's an excellent deer cartridge,I liked it so much it was the first high powered cartridge I purchased for my son when he was 9 years,15 years ago and he still hunting with it.

That's one fine cartridge the 7mm-08.
yes it is! has become one of my favorites. excellent cartridge. mild recoil, very accurate and very easy to reload and can use many different powders and bullets.

of all the rifle calibers i shoot and reload for, the 7mm-08 is probably my most shot and reloaded cartridges.
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Yeah the little 7 is a fantastic design, I rank it in the top 10 hunting cartridges of all time right up there with the 30-06, 6.5x55 and the 375 H&H, while suitable for larger elk class game it's purpose in life is to be the dang near perfect deer cartridge, it can drive bullets of 10gr more weight and near identical BC at the same speed as a 260 Rem using about the same amount of powder.
Load one up with a 150gr Accubond LR (.611BC) and Hunter or RL19 powder and you could easily hit 2750fps in a short barrel which would give you an effective range of aprox 925 yards on deer class game, over twice as far as I have ever shot anything. And all for a tiny 14.5lbs of recoil in an 8lbs rifle which comes out less then a standard 130gr 270. Combine that with a reputation for being highly accurate, easy on barrels and hard of deer and you have a fantastic all around setup.

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yes it is! has become one of my favorites. excellent cartridge. mild recoil, very accurate and very easy to reload and can use many different powders and bullets.

of all the rifle calibers i shoot and reload for, the 7mm-08 is probably my most shot and reloaded cartridges.
Yes it's a nice cartridge,i've taken a couple deer with the 7mm-08 whenever my Son allows me to shoot his rifle And have always been impressed with the 7mm-08 performance on deer size game.
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over the last few years i have become a 7mm caliber fan. the first one i got was the 7mm Rem. Mag. the second one was a Marlin XS7 in 7mm-08. had been wanting a 7mm-08 for many years, but most for many years was out of my budget. i had recently replaced a 25-06 that i was lacking with a Marlin XL7 in 25-06 and loved the rifle and a few weeks later i ran across a XS7 in 7mm-08 and had to buy it. absolutely loved the rifle and loved the cartridge. it's just awesome to shoot and reload for.

early last year, when i was picking up a pistol i had ordered i was looking through the used gun rack at the LGS, and guess what i found? an older Ruger M77V in 280 Rem.! i had to have that rifle because i had been looking for that caliber for well over ten years and with it being an older tang safety M77, (circa 1978) that was just icing on the cake for me! it was worth the long wait in finding let me say. it shoots great and is very accurate. recoil is not mild, but not brutal either. simply one beautiful rifle in a great cartridge.

now i need to find a bolt action in 7x57 Mauser! love the 7mm's!

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I almost bought a Marlin XS-7 but the salesman was a rude ass, I walked out and bought my Browning from Bass Pro, paid $100 more for it but I was not dealing with that guy again. As I said before me and the 7mm-08 had a rocky start to our relationship, she did not want to work with me at first, many nights on the reloading bench trying to figure her out, but after some range time I got her right where I want her, now if Nosler could hurry up and get me some 150gr Accubond LRs I could make the perfect hunting rifle out of her, until then I have some 120gr Pro Hunters and 160gr Deep Curls to keep me busy and all woodland creatures scared out of their wits.
I would like to add a 280 to the collection as well, but I am kinna hoping to find one that fits me right, T/C is making one now but I have yet to see it in person.

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I almost bought a Marlin XS-7 but the salesman was a rude ass, I walked out and bought my Browning from Bass Pro, paid $100 more for it but I was not dealing with that guy again. As I said before me and the 7mm-08 had a rocky start to our relationship, she did not want to work with me at first, many nights on the reloading bench trying to figure her out, but after some range time I got her right where I want her, now if Nosler could hurry up and get me some 150gr Accubond LRs I could make the perfect hunting rifle out of her, until then I have some 120gr Pro Hunters and 160gr Deep Curls to keep me busy and all woodland creatures scared out of their wits.
I would like to add a 280 to the collection as well, but I am kinna hoping to find one that fits me right, T/C is making one now but I have yet to see it in person.
so far my Marlin XS7 in 7mm-08 has been easy to load for and get accurate rounds downrange. the Marlins are one dang good rifle for the money.

Ruger also offers the M77 in 280 currently. not cheap though.
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Yeah I figured out it was the rifle and not the 7mm-08 that was picky. Here is the weird part though, the rifle was not bullet picky as my Savages always are the rifle is powder picky something that I have never heard of and did not know existed. All those bullets I was failing with using 4350, 414, RL19....etc all instantly worked with H380 and Big Game that is the second weirdest thing I have ever seen in all my years of reloading, interestingly both H380 and Big Game are smooth shereical powders.....that one has my brain melting, I cannot for the life of me figure it out.
Never owned a Ruger, I don't know much about them except they have been coming up in the world as of late, with their rifles anyway.

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Yeah I figured out it was the rifle and not the 7mm-08 that was picky. Here is the weird part though, the rifle was not bullet picky as my Savages always are the rifle is powder picky something that I have never heard of and did not know existed. All those bullets I was failing with using 4350, 414, RL19....etc all instantly worked with H380 and Big Game that is the second weirdest thing I have ever seen in all my years of reloading, interestingly both H380 and Big Game are smooth shereical powders.....that one has my brain melting, I cannot for the life of me figure it out.
for my rifle calibers i use IMR powders. so far have had really good results out of the IMR powders in all my rifles. i might venture into some different brands of powders later when they are a little more plentiful at my LGS. the RL19 is one i want to try out for my XS7VH in 308.
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