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7mm-08 accuracy

Old 11-26-2010, 09:50 AM
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I wanted to get a new gun for next dear season. I currently have a .270 but i wanted to go with a SA. What is the accuracy and knokdown on a 7-08. Most shots would be around 200 but up to 500. I shot a deer this year at 415 so up to 500 is realistic. I am open to other rounds and opinions.

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Old 11-26-2010, 03:30 PM
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Originally Posted by bharv View Post
I wanted to get a new gun for next dear season. I currently have a .270 but i wanted to go with a SA. What is the accuracy and knokdown on a 7-08. Most shots would be around 200 but up to 500. I shot a deer this year at 415 so up to 500 is realistic. I am open to other rounds and opinions.

Wayne van Zwoll of Petersen's Hunting magazine wrote: "Efficient case design and a bullet weight range suitable for most North American big game make the 7mm-08 a fine choice for all-around hunting. Civil in recoil, it's a perfect match for lightweight, short-action rifles. It has also courted favor on metallic silhouette ranges, where its 140-grain bullets reach 500-yard targets faster and with as much energy as 150-grain .308s. He also described it as "deadly" for elk.
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Old 11-26-2010, 03:31 PM
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Go on federalpremium .com you could compare the ballistics on the 7mm 08 to the 270 and other calibers.
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Old 11-26-2010, 03:39 PM
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I had both the 270 and the 7-08. I always swore by the 270 and it is still one of my all time favorite cartridges. But over the years I gradually swung to grabbing the 7-08 more and more. In the Browning Micro Hunter it is light, fast and easy to carry all day as compared to my old 700. I ended up selling that 700. I think you will find that the 7-08 is very comparable to the 270 balistically.
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Old 11-26-2010, 04:13 PM
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I've been looking into a new rifle & I'm between the 270,7mm 08 & 308. Ballistically,according to the charts anyway,the 270 has the edge.But........the ballistic charts don't tell you anything about bullet SD. I'm not expert on this but there are some guys on here that could explain it.
What I do know is that the 270 & 308 shells are $20 a box & the 7mm 08 are $26. Also the 270 & 308 more readily availible where I live. I'm interested to see what's going to be said about this thread.
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Old 11-26-2010, 05:26 PM
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I own a 270 and a 7mm-08. I think they are equivalent on knockdown and accuracy and each deer I've killed with both have been clean, one shot kills. If I had one short action to pick I'd pick the 7mm-08, and I guess I did. I prefer to use the 7mm-08 in the woods and the 270 in fields or more open areas.
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Old 11-28-2010, 05:33 AM
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I guess I forgot to mention the accuracy issue in my earlier post. Like all rifles, they are individuals. Can't relate to accuracy from factory loads because I can't remember the last time I shot factory rilfe or handgun ammo. But I have 2 different 7-08s and although both are accurate rifles, they are so with entirely different loads. My Browning likes the 154 gr bullets while the Savage eats up the 139 grain weight (both Hornady). Without referring to my reloading notes, I believe they also prefer different powders.
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Old 11-30-2010, 07:01 AM
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Not to confuse the issue, why don't you look into the 280? Necked down 30 06 case and there are more bullets available for reloading. In between the 308-7mm and the 7 mm magnum. I have an 7mm mauser which is a longer case that the 308-7mm but uses the same bullets and with a 140 gr at 2750 clover leafs or better at 100 yds. The 308 7mm can do the same with less powder.
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Old 11-30-2010, 09:22 AM
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The 7mm-08 is a dandy. High BC, affordable hunting bullets like the 139gr SST that do the trick near and far; somewhat lighter.....just a great round
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Old 11-30-2010, 01:41 PM
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The 7mm-08 is a great round, the only problem I have is that they just don't make enough factory loads for it. For that reason I would alway turn to my 243, but now that I got into reloading that 7mm-08 really starts to shine with the 120 grain bullets.
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