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Apex-Predator 03-30-2013 06:02 AM

7mm-08 hunting bullet?
 
I am new to 7mm-08 and need some help picking a bullet to use, I have a few that have grouped well for me and wanted some input on what you would use for smallish southern whitetail.
120gr Pro Hunter, 3100fps shoots one ragged hole at 100yards with H380
140gr Game King 2900fps shooting .75" with Big Game
150gr Nosler Ballistic Tip shooting 2750fps and .75" groups
160gr Deep Curl, 2600fps shooting just under an inch
I have always used pretty heavy for caliber bullets in the past but that little 120gr is confidence inspiring and alot of fun to shoot with it's near zero recoil, but I have alot of faith in the terminal performance of the Ballistic Tips and Game Kings seeing as that is what I have used alot in the past, and the newfangled Deep Curl is fascinating with it's huge expansion but even pushing the limits is kinna slow in the little 7mm-08.
Deer around here are on the smallish side and shots will be close for the most part, all of ours were within 200yards last year, and the largest one was around 170lbs.

Gatoragn 03-30-2013 06:05 AM

140 grain Hornady SST, I use the 150 in my 308.

Apex-Predator 03-30-2013 06:11 AM

Funny that you should mention the 139gr SST (yes it is 139 and not 140gr) because that was the bullet I planned on using, but sadly my rifle HATES that bullet and won't even keep me on the paper at 100yd with it, does not like the 154gr SST either. That Browing is very bullet picky I have tried a dozen bullets in it with as many powders. My 30-06 and 308 both like the 150gr SSTs though.

303tom 03-30-2013 03:16 PM

They don`t call em Game Kings for nothing................

JimRau 03-30-2013 05:59 PM

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Originally Posted by 303tom (Post 1196669)
They don`t call em Game Kings for nothing................

It looks like you have a 'keeper' with this rifle!:cool:
I would go with the game kings, but it sounds like they all are very accurate in your rifle.;)
What rifle is it?
I think the 7-08 is the best 'southern' caliber out there!;)

Apex-Predator 03-30-2013 06:06 PM

Browning A-Bolt II, after a year I am just now getting it dialed in well, and it has been a challenge I mean to tell you. I almost sold it out of frustration on a couple occasions.

Apex-Predator 03-30-2013 06:33 PM

Only concern with using the Sierra bullets is overexpansion, that is above both of their intended impact speeds, my 06 likes a 165gr Game King at 2900fps too but it is so destructive on deer inside 100 yards that I hate to use it, ever seen a 9.5" exit wound? That thing is plain nasty, my brother loves it though and has shot several deer with it, all of them hit anywhere near the neck or vitals was DRT the only one that made it 15 feet was the doe he accidentally gut shot. Exit wounds all range from fist sized to OMG! Meat damage was worse then ballistic tips but I don't fault the Game Kings for that, they are designed for longer ranged hunting with impacts a couple hundred fps below that.

JimRau 03-31-2013 02:49 AM

You did say small deer did you not? If you put the bullet in the 'boiler room' the only 'damage' would be to the ribs. But if you are concerned about the shoulder and you want the option to take quartering shots try the Nosler Partition (140 gr), they are old but they work VERY well for all around big game hunting.:cool:

Apex-Predator 03-31-2013 03:24 AM

Yes I know all about Partitions, I have them for my 6.5x55 and 270s but sadly have not found any reasonably priced for my 7mm yet, BassPro has them but for $40 a box of 50! I paid $26 per box for my other calibers at the local gun store. I practice with what I hunt with and practicing with Partitions at $40 a box could get real expensive real quick, besides penetration is often not an issue on these deer only the local hogs. Accubonds are nice too, but again no luck on the 7mm I have them for everything else.

mongo43 03-31-2013 04:39 AM

I don't know what kind of area you are hunting. But this is how I would look at it. If you hunting dense woods I would use the 120's for more open area jump up to the 140-150's. For those shots over in the next county go with the 160's.

Since I hunt small southern deer also in very hilly wooded area's I use 7.62x39 with 125gr SP. Since 75 yards here is a long shot then there is no reason to get a bullet that i can shoot 1000 yards with. JMHO.


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