Your most accurate 7mm-08 hunting load?


December 28, 2008, 09:03 PM
I am looking to work up a new load for my 7mm-08. I currently shoot 140 grain Nosler Ballistic Tips over 41 grains of Varget. I am bored, and would like to try something else. What do you shoot?

I am getting Approx. 1.5" groups with this load. If you shoot the same bullet and use a special technique or use a different powder, I'd like to give that a try.

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December 28, 2008, 09:45 PM
What rifle are you using? My 7-08 will shoot 3 shots touching with surplus 4895 and 140 gr. Remington Corlokts. The 7-08 is really easy to find sub MOA loads for.

December 28, 2008, 10:24 PM
I get good results out of re-19. I don't have a load really nailed down but my holes touch each other if I do my part.

December 28, 2008, 11:57 PM
I am using a Savage 110.

December 29, 2008, 12:38 AM
My Savage 7-08 shoot sub moa @ 100 with 120 Nosler BT's and 120 TSX's using Varget. Some 7-08's really like the 120 versus the 140's. 120 TSX is good enough for b bear and elk. 120 Nos BT's work great of white tail and mulies.

December 29, 2008, 01:10 AM
I've thought about going with the TSX bullet. I was assuming I'd use the 140 grain because I hear that is the sweet spot for the 7mm-08.

December 29, 2008, 10:25 AM
139gn Hornady Interlocks powered by IMR 3031 provides sub MOA in my 700

December 29, 2008, 11:06 AM
Win 760 or IMR 4895with 140 or 145 gr bullets works well in my 18-1/2" model 7

December 29, 2008, 12:03 PM
45.5 gr of H4895 with 120 gr prohunter with cci primers and full lengthed remmy brass.



December 29, 2008, 02:04 PM
I haven't had the success with the 140 Nosler BT (best is .88 with 39.8 H335) that I have had with other bullets. I am shooting a Browning with a BOSS. I have had good luck with the 140 Sierra (3 in .27 using 42.0 W748) and the Barnes 140 XBT (3 in .23 with 42.0 Varget). On a whim I got 20 rounds in 2.0 with a 145 BT Speer (42.0 IMR 4064).

Changing OAL from 2.800 to 2.801 can also make a huge difference in my rifle with some loads.

Good luck and be sure to work up to any of these loads in your rifle.

Caution: Just because they work well in my rifle doesn't mean they will in yours. Check to see what your max case length is as exceeeding that will cause pressure to go way up. Also, check to see where each brand and weight touch your rifling and back off .02 (.050" with the Barnes) or so. As everyone correctly says, each rifle is a rule unto itself. Otherwise my best load would also be yours.

December 29, 2008, 02:49 PM
I also have a Savage Model 10 and it shoots the 120g Sierra Pro Hunters sub MOA with 44g of Varget. It's also been very effective on deer. With the 140s I've used 48-50g of RL19 with good results.

December 30, 2008, 09:52 PM
i had a heavy barreled 700 & it loved anything hornady made & 748 powder .
anything else it sprayed.
& winchester 308 brass necked down was the ticket!!!!

i kept my 36x scope though!!!!!!


Brian Williams
December 30, 2008, 10:25 PM
42.4 gr of 4064 with 150 gr Sierra spbt.

Cover Dog
December 30, 2008, 10:48 PM
This load was developed for a Rem. Mtn. rifle in 7mm-08. After much testing and chrono work this is what we came up with. THIS LOAD IS A LITTLE HOT...BE CAREFUL when working this load up to your gun potential. Load is very accurate.

45.2gr IMR 4064
Hornady 139gr SST bullet
CCI 250 primers
Remington Brass
OAL 2.770
2975 fps

This was used on an antelope in Wy. several years ago. Range was 286 yds. bullet entered right side shoulder a little low, took off the top 2/3's of the heart and exited the off side shoulder exactly at the same place it had entered on the other shoulder. The goat never took a step, fell on his nose and kicked his rear leg once. End of Story.

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