I have been trying to use a Ruger Model-1 7mm Mag for deer. The problem is that on the last two animals I shot, the bullets exploded and I ruined A LOT of meat. I shot a muley at 40 yards in the neck about 10 inches down from the jaw, and I had shrapnel all the way down the first 10 inches of the back strap! (No need to even talk about the condition of the neck roast) The shock to the animal was so great that the back strap on the side I hit him on actually
detached all that way down the length of the spine. Weird aye?
Could some one steer me to 7mm ammunition that won’t explode on impact ?
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September 17, 2007, 03:11 PM
Do you reload?
What grain bullets were you shooting?
September 17, 2007, 03:13 PM
At the ranges you describe I suggest using only the heaviest controlled expansion ammo. What ammo were you using.
September 17, 2007, 04:25 PM
Try Remington's low recoil line. The 7mm mag load is 140 grains at an advertised 2710 fps, which essentially turns your gun into a 7x57 with a funny looking case.
If you want to use a full power load (why?), what krochus said. You want a heavy, tough bullet that won't fragment. A-Frames, Barnes X, Trophy Bonded, etc.
September 17, 2007, 06:22 PM
The answer is 7mm Mauser.
September 17, 2007, 06:57 PM
Federal has Nosler Partition loads, also look for someone that loads Barnes TSX bullets. Here are the loads at Natchez: