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    Default 7mm/08 Load

    The following load works great in a Savage I built earlier this year using a factory 22" sporter barrel. Fully prepped RP brass, BR-2 primer, Nosler 120 grain BT pushed by 42.5 grains of Varget. I'm seating the Nosler .012" OTL. Chrono velocity is 2957 fps with groups of five into .632" at 100 yards. I've glass bedded the walnut stock I bought from Brownell's and floated the barrel. It's scoped with a Mueller 4.5X14 APV in Weaver 4X4 rings on a one piece EGW picatinney base. This charge is mid-range in the books so I would recommend working up to it in your rifle.

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    I've recently started reloading.My first load for my Weatherby markv in 7mm08 worked out pretty good.But I did have help from a veteran reloader.
    I used Winchester brass,Herters hollowpoint 139gr bullets,With 43.5gr of 4007ssc,Federal Match magnum primers.It produced 3/4" groups at 100yds.I'm hoping it will be a good load for deer,I think it will be.
    I'm a newbie So cut me some slack,Will ya?

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    42 grs of 4320 (work up for your rifle) & Nos partition 140 gr.
    Here's a moose in AK, my wife took with the load & a ruger international I barreled for her, to match mine in that caliber. Greg
    http://onfinite.com/libraries/1511141/5f4.jpg

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    First post here guys. I am working up loads for my 7mm-08 right now. Starting with W-760 and 140 gr. Ballistic Tips. I also have a can of Varget if the 760 fails me, however, I am hearing good things with this load data so will keep tweaking it.

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    Hope that you got all of the tweaking done before Deer Season come in. My 7mm 08 is very accurate with Nosler Ballistic Tips in 140 Gr and Varget.

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    What is all the hoopla with the 7mm-08 ?

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    Thumbs up 7mm-08 rocks

    Quote Originally Posted by 303tom View Post
    What is all the hoopla with the 7mm-08 ?
    Seriously!
    The 7mm-08 is a best kept secret.
    It will kill deer just as fast as anything else out there, and using the Nosler 140 Balistic Tip in front of 42.0 grains of Varget powder I get 2670 FPS out of a 20" Remington Model seven barrel.

    With this particular rifle and load I have made several violent one shot kills.
    The 7-08 has it all, killing power, short action, flatter shooting, and light easy to carry rifles that are fast handling. Did I mention that the accuracy ain't all that bad either.

    One last thing that I had to learn the hard way so all you "Nosler Ballistic Tip" bullet users listen up. The 140 grain Nosler ballistic tip bullet is not recommended for frontal chest shots which I found out the the hard way a couple of years back. I had a less than 50 yard, frontal chest, you can not miss shot but the buck spun and ran without much more than one silver doller patch of blood. I have switched to using the Nosler 140 Accubond bullet with the same powder charge. The very next year a deer coming head on out of the swamp was taken with one 140 Accubond to the chest and thats all that was needed.
    End of sermon!
    Last edited by tinbullet; 08-14-2011 at 03:39 AM.

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    Tinbullet said, "One last thing that I had to learn the hard way so all you "Nosler Ballistic Tip" bullet users listen up. The 140 grain Nosler ballistic tip bullet is not recommended for frontal chest shots which I found out the the hard way a couple of years back. I had a less than 50 yard, frontal chest, you can not miss shot but the buck spun and ran without much more than one silver doller patch of blood. I have switched to using the Nosler 140 Accubond bullet with the same powder charge. The very next year a deer coming head on out of the swamp was taken with one 140 Accubond to the chest and thats all that was needed.
    End of sermon!"

    I'll second that comment. When I shot a ecent sized Mule Deer just behaind the shoulder from a 7x57 Mauser shooting the 140 gr. Nosler ballisitc Tip, the bullet hit a rib and literally blew up. When I huried up the hill to pick up the trail, I twisted my knee on some loose rock, ripped the cartilige clean out and have walked with a bit of limp ever since. it's been 7 years now and I still have pain. Unable to walk at the time, the deer sadly was never recovered. I haven't used ballistic Tips on any game animal since.

    For the record, my handload was not one of the wimpy loads found in the manuals but a stiff load of W760 that delivered an honest 2800 FPS with that bullet. I do believe that's in the 7-08's speed range. I did load up to 2880 FPS but bolt lift was showing signs of being a bit sticky. That load might be OK during hunting season but I do my load work up during the summer when it's between 100 to110 plus degrees in the shade. Looking at my notes, it was 110 the day I worked up those loads.

    Recently, I bought some of the Barnes TSX bullets for the 7x57, the 120 gr. and 140 gr. weights.
    If they prove to be as accurate as they have been in my .257 Roberts and .35 Whelen, then I just might go with those on a permanent basis. One bullet that has worked well for me on deer is the 140 gr. Sierra Pro-hunter. Another is their sadly long gone 170 gr. round nose. When my little supply runs out, then they'll be all gone.

    That's the big drawback to the 7-08. Most guns, if not all have magazines too short to properly use longer and heavier bullets. The would take up too much powder space. Guess that's why I went to the 7x57 when I had my custom Mauser built up.
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    Default 7mm/08 loads and results

    In 2008 I shot and killed two Quebec Caribou with the 140Ballistic Tip over 42.5/Varget. This load chronoed over my Oehler 35P @ 2893 w/28fps ES. In 2010 I shot and killed a 340lb Russian Boar at 82yds with the Nosler 175Partition over 47.0/RL19. This load chronoed @ 2654fps with 17fps ES. The hog was a broadside shot I hit half way up the body, which does the spine and it fell over. I was in line with but over both lungs....as they lay very low in the body. In the heat of the moment I forgot and center punched the critter. Both the Caribou wandered around for about 5 or 7 seconds before tipping over, after broadside lung shots. Range on the Caribou was 185yds and 220yds. The barrel is a 26" PacNor Stainless Steel Super Match #3 contour, w/1:10" twist. I might play with other cartridges and calibers, but when I shove off to go Elk hunting this fall, the 7mm/08 will be with me. Some years past, I had one of the Ruger 77 7x57 rifles. I always had a semi often feeding problem. I finally went to the Ruger #1 in 7x57.
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    "I might play with other cartridges and calibers, but when I shove off to go Elk hunting this fall, the 7mm/08 will be with me. Some years past, I had one of the Ruger 77 7x57 rifles. I always had a semi often feeding problem. I finally went to the Ruger #1 in 7x57."

    I'm surprised your Ruger M77 gave feeding problems. I never had any feeding problems in the one I had. I'd probably still have it but this fellow wanted it real bad and I just could not turn down the offer. I have the Ruger #1A in 7x57 but when I got it, I learned it had a 2" throat and accuracy was non-existant. I sent it back to Ruger with a copy of what my gunsmith determined from a chamber cast and Ruger put a new barrel on the gun. Accuracy is now more than satisfactory.
    Paul B.
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