Question for 7mm fans?

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by cottontop, Feb 3, 2012.

  1. cottontop

    cottontop Guest

    If you have a 7mm, i.e.; a 7mm-08, 7x57, 7mm Rem. mag., etc., what bullet do you find to be the most accurate? I have been loading the Speer 7mm 120 grain in my 7x57 and accuracy is good, but not great. I realize that there are other factors in reloading that affect accuracy besides the bullet, but I figure this is a good place to start. I have on hand Hornady 139, 154, and 175 grain bullets as well as some Speer 160 grain that I am going to try. So, what is your favorite 7mm bullet?
    cottontop
     
  2. jpattersonnh

    jpattersonnh Active Member

    5,360
    3
    38
    Generally the 7x57 works best w/ 139gr to 175gr bullets.
    My 7mmRem mag is a tack driver w/ 129..175gr.
     

  3. MrWray

    MrWray New Member

    6,424
    0
    0
    I have a 7mmwsm, and i use 140g winchester ballistic silvertips..ive always had really good accuracy with it
     
  4. Snakedriver

    Snakedriver New Member

    848
    0
    0
    My 7mm Rem. Mag. loves the 160 and 162 grain bullets and does well with the 140 and 150 grain bullets too.
     
  5. cottontop

    cottontop Guest

    7mm


    This actually makes a lot of sense. The 7mm is not really designed to efficiently and consistantly shoot the 120 grain and lighter bullets accurately. I will stick to the 139 grain and above for my 7mm. I might look for one of the .25 calibers or 6.5's for bullets in the 115 to 120 grain weight.
    cottontop
     
  6. Gatoragn

    Gatoragn Active Member

    3,935
    1
    38
    139 grain Hornady SST my .280 (aka 7mm Express). My 7mm mag likes the 140 grain Nosler Accubond, but I am confident the 139 SST would work also.
     
  7. Gonzilla

    Gonzilla New Member

    2,056
    0
    0
    I like weight and 160 is approx all you can get to break 3K barrier. (BC)
     
  8. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

    7
    1
    0
    i usually use a 150-160gr in my 7mm Rem. Mag., and a 130-140gr in my 7mm-08. either Sierra Matchking or Gameking bullets. i also use some Nosler and Speer bullets from time to time. my main goal is tiny holes in targets.

    after seeing what some others are using, i am giving some thought to stepping up to at least 160-170gr for my 7mm rem. mag. and see what happens in accuracy.
     
    Last edited: Feb 7, 2012
  9. mrb1982

    mrb1982 New Member

    177
    0
    0
    I think the 150-160gr is the best out of the Rem Mag personally. I've shot 150gr with good consistancy and I have some test loads built with 162gr Hornady's that I am going to see how they group. I have heard ofa lot of people having good luck with the heavier stuff too but when I start getting up in that 175gr+ I like some other calibers better.
     
  10. Snakedriver

    Snakedriver New Member

    848
    0
    0
    The Hornady 162 gr. SPBT's Interlocks are superbly accurate in my Savage 116 in 7mm Rem. Mag. I tried some H4350 initially with pretty good results, but the IMR 4831 has turned into my "go-to" powder choice. It works great in my gun! :cool:
     
  11. hardluk1

    hardluk1 Active Member

    2,879
    4
    38
    What your shoots best could depend on barrel twist to a point. 120gr NBT is a tougher light weight bullet that tends to shoot well. A small powder weight change can make a big difference in how well it shoots . If your useing a older mauser miltary rifle it may need a heavier bullet to be more accurate.
    I have only shot a few bullets in my 7rem mag. 1-9.5 twist barrel. 139gr sst 140gr NBT or NAT are very accurate. The 139gr sst has been my deer round for 12 years. But I have handloaded 168 gr hpbt match kings. That would group half the size of the 140 class bullets.
     
  12. mtbfarms

    mtbfarms New Member

    54
    0
    0
    My 7wsm and my 7 mag both love berger 168g vld bullets. One is a custom gun with a fast twist and the other has a standard twist. Both are under 1/2 MOA.
     
  13. jpattersonnh

    jpattersonnh Active Member

    5,360
    3
    38
    I have a few 175gr left, very accurate. IMR 4831 is my go too. I load everything for my Savage 110 w/ it.
     
  14. bowguy

    bowguy New Member

    19
    0
    0
    Over the years I tried most available weight bullets in both 7mm R.M. and STW. What I have settled on are the Nosler 160 grain Accubond. Excellent accuracy as well as superb hunting round.