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Old 03-31-2013, 04:54 AM   #11
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I was thinking someone would opt for the heavier 150-160gr bullet, but it seems most every one would rather have the little extra speed from the lighter bullet even for under 200yd shots. There was a time when a 160gr 7x57 (very similar to the 7mm-08) was considered one of the premier hunting cartridges in the world, have our bullets really changed that much?

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Yes they have gotten better in the last 20-25 years. Shoot what you want since everything you listed is grouping very well.

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I was thinking someone would opt for the heavier 150-160gr bullet, but it seems most every one would rather have the little extra speed from the lighter bullet even for under 200yd shots. There was a time when a 160gr 7x57 (very similar to the 7mm-08) was considered one of the premier hunting cartridges in the world, have our bullets really changed that much?
I loaded the 160 NP for elk in the 7-08 but took white tails and hogs with that load. If you go with the 160 your SD goes way up and you will still get good expansion (not explosion) and good penetration. BUT you made a comment about how expensive the NP were, REMEMBER the bullet is the most important part of the hunt and a very small part of the total expense even if you spend $1.00 a bullet!
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No offense intended to the Nosler crowd because I will be the first to tell someone that they make some really good stuff, I have used BTs, AB and Partitions to great effect, but around here the Partitions are sky high expensive and hard as hell to find, plus seeing as I practice with my hunting loads and I shoot alot of high powered rifle (2000+ rounds last year) bullets that run almost a buck a pop would cut into my shooting quite a bit, that is why I opted to give the bonded Deep Curl a try, on game weight retention figures are very similar to the Partition around 90% at close range 7mm-08 speeds and around 70% at close range with a 7mm Rem Mag from what I have seen, and they shoot really well in the two rifles I have tested them in. Found them on sale for $26/100 and I bought a mess of them. I will give the Partition the edge in penetration though since the DC expand VERY wide, but I think it fair to say they are both very deep penetrating in heavy for caliber bullets like the 160gr 7mm. Seen a guy take a moose with a 160gr DC out of a 7mm-08 shot through both shoulders dropped him on the spot. I was impressed to say the least.
Given an unlimited budget I agree the NP is as good as it gets within real world ranges, and the Accubond is a fantastic performer at ranges beyond that.

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140 Game Kings (**Barnes 140 TSX)is what I load for my daughters (twins) 7mm-08's.. Ideally the 140 grain projectile is the perfect "fit" for the 7mm-08 but I will not delve into history/development. It's a great caliber that fits nicely into a broad spectrum of shooting/hunting applications.

**I'm really starting to become a fan-boi of these solid copper projectiles..

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Why not try a Sierra pro hunter or gameking 140gr?? With 140gr and below you get great velosity, excellent down range ballistics and energy transfer. Above the 140gr class it looses velosity and has no gain in retained energy. I load 140gr Barnes for my 7MM Rem mag, 160gr also. I would have to pass 400 yards for the 160gr to edge ahead. There is a 250fps difference between 140gr and 160gr in 7-08.
Here are some numbers I ran:

These numbers are at 350 yards.
160gr 2650fps mv Gameking 1442fpe, 2015fps velosity
140gr 2900fps mv Gameking 1436fpe, 2149fps velosity

Not to shabby.

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140 Game Kings (**Barnes 140 TSX)is what I load for my daughters (twins) 7mm-08's.. Ideally the 140 grain projectile is the perfect "fit" for the 7mm-08 but I will not delve into history/development. It's a great caliber that fits nicely into a broad spectrum of shooting/hunting applications.

**I'm really starting to become a fan-boi of these solid copper projectiles..
I need to forget ballistics!! You are correct.
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My 7-08 (a Ruger m77 mkII Compact Rifle) really likes both the 120 gr. Nosler Ballistic Tip and the 120 gr. Barnes TTSX. I like the lighter weight bullets in this gun because they offer excellent velocity, even from the rifle's short (16.5") barrel.

I have killed three mule deer bucks with the BT and have taken more than a dozen antelope with both the BT and the TTSX. The TTSX has even accounted for a couple of elk. I'm pretty happy with the terminal performance.

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It sounds like you have done your home work on the loads, and for your hunting purposes, esp. for deer, any of these would seem adequate. In my 7mm Rem. mag, I like the 160 gr. Game Kings or Nosler Partitions. The Sierras group just a tad better, but nothing any game at reasonable ranges could tell much difference. I like the Noslers,, although expensive, they will penetrate extremely well. I took a hog quartering towards me through the front right shoulder and the bullet exited the rear left haunch and it dropped like it had been poleaxed. The hog was about a 350 lb.'er, at about 90 yards.
A bison ran about 20 steps before tumbling over with the load, plus an elk and Red Deer. It is my pet load for my custom 98 Mauser and my confidence with it is very high. I think the bullet in the 7mm-08 would add to it's versatility and within a moderate range could be used for elk and black bear, should you hunt them. Good hunting,

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140 Gr. gamekings over varget for my 7mm-08. My favorite deer caliber.

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