7mm-08, Need Input


January 9, 2011, 07:32 PM
Have spent sometime reading up on the 7mm-08, would like info from owners and shooters, pro and cons; also read it's a great reload as the cases seem to last for more reload's than most others!

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January 9, 2011, 07:53 PM
I have never reloaded for a 7mm-08 so I won't be able to help in that regard. However, I think it is a really neat cartridge and I fully intend on eventually owning one and reloading for it. 140 gr bullet going 3000 fps out of a short action rifle. That's a great whitetail recipe.

Blue Line
January 9, 2011, 08:02 PM
Reload is the way to go, factory ammo is pricey. I paid the same for 7mm RM as 7mm-08 @ Cableas. If I knew it was that high I'd bought a 308 and I still may. Save the 308 cases to reform for 7mm 08 and save even more when you reload.

It is a nice comfortable round to shoot deers and vermin with although.

Art Eatman
January 9, 2011, 08:33 PM
I figure the 7mm08 is a .308 with ten grains less bullet, for the common deer load. I've been lucky; I get the same group size and point of impact from Rem CoreLokt as i do from my Speer handloads. I'm quite content with mine...

January 9, 2011, 08:44 PM
I'll say this first. I'm not a proponent of using converted brass for one cal to another, period. I bought a Wx Vanguard carbine last winter and spent spring/summer reloading for 120, 130 & 140's. All three weights are sub MOA. I used it for deer season this year. Two shots, two dead whitetails at 287 & 235 yards respectively "range finder" with two instruments, mine & my buds. The trigger was horrible, as most factory ones are, and was replaced with a 1.25 pound Timney. It's a pleasure to shoot and easy to carry around seeing it has a 20 inch barrel. I've not known anyone who owns the caliber to be disappointed with it's performance regardless of the brand name. The nice thing about it is bullet selection weights from 110 thru 175. Factory ammo is spendy though if you don't reload. But then, what ain't expensive? You got my vote on the caliber

January 9, 2011, 08:53 PM
3rd rifle i ever owned was a rossi cmbo rifle with a 7mm 08 barrel. With 140 grain federal standard rounds accurate and with plenty of power for hogs and whitetail. Heard of people taking bear would know never tried for myself.

January 9, 2011, 08:57 PM
Pacsd; the rifle i'm planning on purchasing is the Wby. Vanguard Syn. Package, haven't shot one but have handled them in the store, like the fit and balance. Any cons with your Wby?

January 9, 2011, 09:00 PM
More recoil than the .243 Win., less recoil than the .308 Win., and more accurate than either.

My 7mm-08 Rem. Mod.7 LSS likes Speer SPBT 130 gr. and IMR4064 which makes for a great deer round.

January 9, 2011, 09:17 PM
I came across a deal I couldn't pass up on a TC Encore chambered in 7mm-08. I don't hunt but from what I'd heard I thought it would make for a nice long range precision shooting platform.

My first shots from it were reloads since a couple of stores I checked with didn't have any factory ammo or it was horrendously expensive.

I've got scope issues with a used scope so the gun has not had a chance to shine yet. But the round itself is a nice one to shoot. Lots of personality but not too over the top where you would not want to shoot your fill over the course of a range session.

In reading about it whenever I cross over threads like this there's no lack of folks that have taken moose with this round with well placed shots as well as all sizes of deer. It seems like it doesn't get all that much respect in todays magnum this and super fast that world.

January 9, 2011, 10:51 PM
7mm-08, probably the most ideal cartridge (other than .308), low recoil, flat shooting, accurate, I love mine, next one will be in a quality rifle, my Stevens 200 shootss dime groups, ugly but I love it, just want a better looking 7-08.

January 10, 2011, 12:33 PM
1st I want to make a correction from my previous post. It should have been 187 yards instead of 287. Anyway, the only thing was the trigger. I'm pretty fussy about them. I replaced it with a Timney before I even pulled the trigger. If I was interested in another caliber I go with another Wx Vanguard. However, I don't think I'll be looking at another caliber. I've got a hard enough time now making my mind up if which one I'm gonna carry on any given day but, the 6.5 X 284 is tempting.

January 10, 2011, 01:09 PM
I think if you're going to shoot long range, and don't handload already, a .308 is better, if you handload, a .260 is the way to go.
7-08 is good for deer though.

January 10, 2011, 01:11 PM
A couple of years ago, I bought a gunshow pig in a poke Mauser.
The gentleman carrying it around did not know what caliber it was in and no one around the show seemed to be able to figure it out. Since it was sitting in a pretty nice piece of wood and was a complete rifle, I offered him $125.00 for it.
He carried it around for a while longer then came back to our table and accepted my offer.
I tried every cartridge that we had to see if I could find out what it was to no avail. We finally cast the chamber and it turned out to unfinished. I reamed it out to 7mm-08 and refinished the entire piece.
It's a dead accurate, good looking rifle.
Best $125.00 I've ever spent

January 10, 2011, 01:23 PM
I've got one. I'ts a good deer round. It has an almost identical effect on deer as my .270 Win., .243 Win., .444 Marlin, .44 mag pistol, .41 mag pistol, 12 guage buckshot, and compound bow.

Vern Humphrey
January 10, 2011, 01:33 PM
The 7mm-08 is essentially a short-action 7X57 Mauser, which is a fine cartridge and adequate for anything on this continent.

The 7X57 is loaded to fairly low pressures because so many of these rifles are old military surplus and not as strong as modern rifles. They are also long-throated because the original military load was a long, heavy blunt-nosed bullet. So a modern 7mm-08 can be loaded hotter and will probably shoot better with short, light bullets since it is throated differently.

January 10, 2011, 01:41 PM
LOVE the 7mm-08.

An excellent blend of accuracy, power, low recoil.

There will always be a 7mm-08 in my line up.

January 10, 2011, 01:45 PM
Quote from above post:

"More recoil than the .243 Win., less recoil than the .308 Win., and more accurate than either."

Interesting statement. Meaning that your 7/08 is more accurate than your personal .243 and .308 rifles? Or all rifles in general? If so, please explain.

January 10, 2011, 08:12 PM
Waiting on my Bullberry in 7mm-08 to arrive any day !!!!

January 10, 2011, 08:31 PM
While there is no such thing as a more accurate round than another, there ARE some rounds that seem to hit the accuracy range a bit higher than others. Mainly because of comfort to shoot as well as good bullet profiles with better BC than others. The 7mm.08 falls into this group very well. Mine are very easy on the shoulder and there are several bullet makers out there with 450+BC bullet choices. And if you neck size, it is true that the cartridge does seem to out last many others as far as case life goes. It is a dream for white tail deer and in my personal opinion, it is what the .308 TRIED to do but just didn't quite get there. It is a little on the close side for Elk but very capable of taking a good sized Elk bull with proper bullet construction and within 250 yards. I've dropped some pretty hefty hogs with mine out to ranges of 200 with shoulder shots and never lost a hog yet. I USED to load Hornady SST's but they did have a slight tendency to blow up a bit if I was within 50 or so yards. I switched to 139gr Interbonds for deer and 154gr Interbond for Hog. Not had a problem since.

Im just not a big fan of Weatherby and haven't been for years. I guess they are an alright rifle but Im just not a fan of Japanese made firearms. Ill stick to spending my hard earned money at companies based right here in the good ole US of A and show some support for my country and its companies.

January 11, 2011, 12:16 AM
FF in IL; After doing some research i learned that Wby. purchases barrels and receiver's from Howa but final assembly and QA work are done in the USA. Not fully American made; the work is done by the same guys that make the Mark V's (these are now fully American made). Thanks for you info, I plan on purchasing a Lee reloader kit this spring and reloading my on. Thanks again!

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