Head to head 308 Win vs 7mm-08 Rem


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Kachok
January 2, 2013, 11:14 PM
This is a topic I see discussed at length on the forum, and seeing as I shoot and handload both I felt the need to address this topic. Many would suggest that the 7mm-08 is the vastly superior cartrage for shooting any real range but let's look at some real numbers.
Say you want a reasonably fast flat shooting load for deer hunting that will retain a healthy amount of energy out to 500yd. Lets use max load data from Nosler #6 as a reference point.
168gr Ballistic Tip 308 Win 52.5gr Big Game 2910fps (24" barrel) w/.490BC
The trajectory w/200yd zero is -7.07" at 300 -20.44" at 400 and -41.07" at 500yd.
Energy is 3159 ft/lbs at the muzzle and 2074, 1791, and 1539 ft/lbs respectively at range.
140gr Nosler Ballistic Tip 7mm-08 47.5gr Big Game 2953fps (26" barrel) w/.485 BC.
Trajectory is -6.86" at 300, -19.84" at 400 and -39.91" at 500
Energy is 2711ft/lbs at the muzzle, and 1776, 1532, and 1315 ft/lbs respectively at range.
In an 8lbs rifle recoil for the 308 checks in at 19.3 lbs and the 7mm-08 with a 14.4lbs.
At no point of this comparison does the 7mm-08 hold any large advantage over the 308 in trajectory, the difference in fact is hardly noticeable. The only real noticeable difference is in the energy/impact of the heavier 30 caliber bullet and the lower recoil of the 7mm-08. Take that with a grain of salt though because in the case of my rifles (a Model 70 Featherweight and a Browning A-Bolt) my 308 has less felt recoil because of a few ounces more weight and it has a better recoil pad. I like this comparison because Big Game powder is the fastest for both calibers and the only variable is the 2" more tube on the 7mm-08 which makes up the 43fps difference between them. The sectional density of the 168gr 308 and 140gr 7mm-08 is very nearly the same.
I could compare lighter or heavier bullets if you wish, the matchup between 180gr 308 and 160gr 7mm-08 is a close one too, though in that case the 7mm-08 holds a tiny bit more of an edge in trajectory, still a very close race though.

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TexasPatriot.308
January 3, 2013, 12:09 AM
I own some of both, use some of both, whatever suits my fancy when I open my safe. both do the job and please me.

greenlion
January 3, 2013, 12:09 AM
http://youtu.be/FtlwoNCNnFA

Interesting video if you haven't seen it yet.

I would love to see a mainstream .270-08 cartridge sitting between the .260 Rem and the 7mm-08. I think it might be the perfect balance between low recoil and high BC.

browningguy
January 3, 2013, 12:13 AM
Firstly, I've never heard anyone suggest that the 7mm-08 is vastly superior to a .308. LEGAL NOTICE:I own one .308 for hunting and one precision rifle in .308 and would not replace either of them with a 7mm-08. I do also hunt with a 7x57, because you can load heavy for caliber bullets that will penetrate just about anything. I think the 7mm-08 is fine for the ladies and young children :), but it gives up to much powder space to run the heavy bullets efficiently (162 and 175 gr.).

With that out of the way, no one shooting long range cares much about bullet drop, that's simple physics and can be easily calculated, and adjusted for altitude, temperature etc. Now wind drift, that's the issue with long range shooting and it gets reduced by running bullets with a high Ballistic Coefficient at a reasonable speed.

I actually shoot a .243 for long range shooting (600 yards and over). Running 107 SGK's it has a pretty significant advantage in wind drift over my .308 with the 175 SGK. And all of the winners in long range competition use 6, 6.5 and 7mm rounds, all due to the ability to shoot high BC bullets at reasonable speeds and reduce wind drift.

Kachok
January 3, 2013, 12:45 AM
Same here, there is absolutely no doubt that a stout 7mm-08 is more then enough for any deer that ever walked, and as I said my 7-08 is the lighter and the more compact of my short actions, it is my newest rifle and I have yet to harvest any game with it yet, but if my 6.5x55 can drop all those deer with a 140gr at 2740fps I have no doubt my 7mm-08 would not do just as well with it's 140s at 2877fps.
I have often wounderd why there has not been a commercial .257 and .277 version of the 308 case since that is the standard short action nowadays. A .270-08 should give about 3000fps with a 130gr only 60-80fps behind the long action 270 win, handloaders might be able to hit 3100 before it runs out of case.

R.W.Dale
January 3, 2013, 01:14 AM
Kachok I'm rather surprised that you've not had the revelation most of us handloaders have given time messing with enough different cartridges.

That revelation is that as you neck a cartridge DOWN at the same pressure the velocity potental per given bullet weight DECREASES

All you gain by necking down is a reduction in recoil. Because to shoot bullets at similar BC and velocity you must reduce bullet mass. Very rarely does necking down result in a cartridge actually shooting "flatter" with bullets of similar suitably for game.

This is why I like to chuckle at and tweak your nose a little when you get to waxing all romantic about 6.5x55 because other than kicking less it really doesn't do anything special compared to say my most awesome 30-06


Another think its easy to get caught up on BC and SD, for deer hunting any bullet above 100g@6mm and 125@7.62 is sufficient in SD for whitetail inside 300 yards and BC really doesn't matter till your beyond 300 at wich point you really should be comparing Magnum cartridges.

The deer I've killed with a 55g 223 @ 15yds was just as dead as the one I killed with a 125g b-tip from a 7.62x39 @ 280yds wich in turn was just as dead as the one shot with a 180g CT from a 300wby @150

Put a bullet of suitable construction in the right spot and you're golden. Shoot deer beyond 200 and you must not only know the range but your loads drop to that range at wich point what does it matter that one cartridge takes four clicks of come up vs five for another?

Short answer is it doesn't.




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Kachok
January 3, 2013, 01:39 AM
Kachok I'm rather surprised that you've not had the revelation most of us handloaders have given time messing with enough different cartridges.

That revelation is that as you neck a cartridge DOWN at the same pressure the velocity potental per given bullet weight DECREASES

All you gain by necking down is a reduction in recoil. Because to shoot bullets at similar BC and velocity you must reduce bullet mass. Very rarely does necking down result in a cartridge actually shooting "flatter" with bullets of similar suitably for game.

This is why I like to chuckle at and tweak your nose a little when you get to waxing all romantic about 6.5x55 because other than kicking less it really doesn't do anything special compared to say my most awesome 30-06


Another think its easy to get caught up on BC and SD, for deer hunting any bullet above 100g@6mm and 125@7.62 is sufficient in SD for whitetail inside 300 yards and BC really doesn't matter till your beyond 300 at wich point you really should be comparing Magnum cartridges.

The deer I've killed with a 55g 223 @ 15yds was just as dead as the one I killed with a 125g b-tip from a 7.62x39 @ 280yds wich in turn was just as dead as the one shot with a 180g CT from a 300wby @150

Put a bullet of suitable construction in the right spot and you're golden. Shoot deer beyond 200 and you must not only know the range but your loads drop to that range at wich point what does it matter that one cartridge takes four clicks of come up vs five for another?

Short answer is it doesn't.




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Really??? How about a 35 Whelen vs the 280 Rem? I would run the numbers for you but they are laughable to say the least.
Truth is that there are ideal ratios of case capacity to bore for a given situation, and please understand that a 35 Whelen or 338-06 will in no way compete with a 280 or 6.5-06 for long ranged trajectory. I am not knocking the 35, it is a fantastic cartrage for real world hunting ranges (under 300 yards) but if you are shooting 500 or better it is easily outclassed by the 120+ year old 6.5x55.
I own and hunt with a 30-06 as well, but for deer class game my 6.5x55 shoots flatter, faster and more efficiently with alot less recoil and no deer has ever lived long enough to notice the difference between the two, that is why it is my favorite. I highly doubt anything larger then a 25-06 or 6.5x55 (120gr @3000fps with either) could kill a deer any faster, but for larger game my 30-06 with 165-200gr bullets gets the nod, not that my Sweed could not do the job but because a 30 cal is more appropriate and ethical.

R.W.Dale
January 3, 2013, 01:53 AM
35 whelen and 280 is a tricky comparison because there's no bullet weight overlap and 35 caliber bullet development has been stagnant for awhile.

However if you compare projectiles with similar BC and SD I think you'll find that the axiom still holds true.

Once you move beyond the fantasy that what constitutes a great long range target round has anything do do with what makes a great deer round you'll come to the not so fun realization that virtually no cartridge does anything special

Again what difference does four clicks up vs 5 or 6 matter when shooting at a deer you've already had to lazer range and build a good shooting position up on?




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R.W.Dale
January 3, 2013, 02:09 AM
Here's a thread from a few years back that explains what I'm trying to say here.

http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=493296




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taliv
January 3, 2013, 02:19 AM
maybe i shouldn't post after midnight, but are you saying necking a 308win down to 260rem or down further to 243win, with their corresponding 175/140/105g decreasing bullet weights and increasing velocity 2700/2850/3100 fps doesn't result in flatter shooting?

maybe i'm misunderstanding, but my experience watching trace is that for the same pressure, i can shoot a 6mm way flatter to 1000 yards than a 308win.

R.W.Dale
January 3, 2013, 02:32 AM
maybe i shouldn't post after midnight, but are you saying necking a 308win down to 260rem or down further to 243win, with their corresponding 175/140/105g decreasing bullet weights and increasing velocity 2700/2850/3100 fps doesn't result in flatter shooting?

maybe i'm misunderstanding, but my experience watching trace is that for the same pressure, i can shoot a 6mm way flatter to 1000 yards than a 308win.

Normal hunting rifles with 24" or shorter barrels and factory or saami spec handloads don't launch 105g 6mm bullets much faster than 2900fps much less 3100. In fact they shoot 100g bullets of similar BC about as fast as a 308 does 150g projectiles.

Also note this thread isn't about 1000 yards its about hunting inside 500. We understand you long range guys need to wring every ounce of ballistic performance out of your loads, but as I point out above what makes a good f-class setup really doesn't have much bearing on Bambi shooting inside 400




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R.W.Dale
January 3, 2013, 02:49 AM
If I take your 105g 6mm load at face value and assume a .500bc

I get from a 200yd zero 17.5" to 400 @ 1300ft lbs

I'm going to assume its a pretty hot load so ill compare it to 150g hornady superformance w a sst bullet BC .415 @3000fps

On the same zero the 308 drops a mere 2.5" more yet hits with over 200 ftlbs more energy.

Now if I trim your load back to 2950 fps as would seem a bit more realistic for a 24" bbl there's only A HALF INCH difference in drop to 400 and almost a 500ft lb disparity of energy with the 243 barely making 1000 ft lbs








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stubbicatt
January 3, 2013, 09:29 AM
I am confused real good now.

As I understood the original post, as bore diameter decreases, the velocity attainable from a projectile of the same weight goes down. Ferinstance, a 120 grain 308 bullet compared to a 120 grain 6.5 bullet. The velocity attainable through the 308 bore with the same weight projectile is greater, at least that's how I understood the OP. If so I think this is true.

That said, even with a higher velocity, I suspect that the 308 bullet will run out of steam before the 6.5 mm bullet, assuming they are optimized each one for good BC.

Did I get that or am I still foundering....??

Kachok
January 3, 2013, 09:46 AM
R.W. Dale While I don't load 243 I don't think it would have as much trouble reaching 3k as you think, 44.5gr of N560 drives a 100gr partition to 3144fps in a 24" tube and yes that is a modern published load.
The 280 Rem and 35 Whelen comparison is fair enough if you always assume that the larger caliber always has better external ballistics, the 280 beats it without a doubt and by a pretty wide margin. They are based on the same case are they not? Sure they don't have any overlapping weights but the 7-08 and 308 were not compared at the same weights either, you know why? Because it would be silly, a more realistic comparison would be of similar SD and BC which is what I did.

R.W.Dale
January 3, 2013, 11:30 AM
Kachok we cannot have a discussion about external ballistics as long as you labor under the illusion that the velocity given in the manual is anywhere close to what you may actually get out of a rifle.

I have load notes and experience loading for these cartridges in various firearms and actual Chronograph data to fall back on.

Whereas your nosler manual if full of nothing but hopes and dreams for velocity figures, ever moreso the more overbore a cartridge is.

Do you even own a Chronograph? Well I do and a 24" 243 is in fact struggling to get 2950 with 100g and if you shorten the barrel ANY from there you merely have a glorified 30-30

http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=510646

Pay especial attention to the link in post 19




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taliv
January 3, 2013, 11:52 AM
ok, i understand it is an irrelevant tangent for hunting inside 500 y.


i will continue to dispute your conclusion though outside the hunting discussion. i'm not going by any manual, just the fact that pretty much everybody in the PRS is running 105 berger hybrids with no pressure right up to the 3150 fps velocity limit using whatever flavor of short action cartridge you like (6.5Creedmoor necked to 6CM, 6SLR, 243win, 6XC, whatever) with H4350. granted, they're using 26-28" barrels.

at the same time, for matches that have antique military caliber restrictions (i.e. 308win only) i don't know anybody pushing 175g bullets faster than 2750.

the proof is in the dope. realistically you're looking at 6.2 mils vs 9+ mils to 1k.

and yeah, we chrono

jmr40
January 3, 2013, 12:09 PM
Just to add another perspective. There is no need for the heaiver bullets in 2013. An old school 165 gr 308 will lose anywhere between 30%-50% of its weight on impact which will result in a bullet weight of around 100-120 gr. We all know that works, it has for decades. But one of the 120 gr Barnes or other monolithinc bullets bullets from a 7-08 can be pushed to 3100 fps from a 22-24" barrel. That bullet will retain 100% of its weight, or darn close to it, and still expand to the same size as a 308.

The end result is a bullet that is at the same weight or heaiver driving through game, and starting almost 400 fps faster. You will get flatter trajectory and a substantal reduction in recoil. Of coures I can do the same thing with a 308/130 gr. Barnes bullet.

The mono bullets aren't perfect. Impact speeds need to be at least 2000 fps, and they don't have the BC for long range target shooting. But for hunting at 300-400 yards they work very well.


Kachok we cannot have a discussion about external ballistics as long as you labor under the illusion that the velocity given in the manual is anywhere close to what you may actually get out of a rifle.



On a different point. I've been reloading for a while, own a chronograph and have had no trouble reaching the velocites listed in my loading manuals. I cannot do it with just any old powder, but by trying differnt powders I've always made it work. I don't load 243, but with 30-06, 308, 338-06, 7mm rem mag, and 300 WSM I have always been almost exactly on the book velocity with a max load. I don't always get the best accurcy there, and with some loads drop down 1/2 grain or so. I don't see how a 243 would be any different.

My go to loads with Sub MOA accuracy are as follows.

30-06/150 @3025 fps - 60 gr H-4350
30-06/156 @ 2900 fps - 58.5 gr H-4350
30-06/180 @2800 fps - 57 gr H-4350
308/150 @2880 fps - 47 gr Varget
308/165 @2760 fps - 46 Gr Varget
308/130 @ 3050 fps - 48.5 gr TAC

Those are chronographed loads with a 22" barrrel

R.W.Dale
January 3, 2013, 12:16 PM
That's kinda my point Taliv. You guys are getting your numbers in 26-28" bores that are high end hand lapped affairs shooting bullets with reduced bearing surface in guns with very thight chambers to facilitate loads that I assume are over saami maximums.

Kachok reads this and looks in an optimistic manual and assumes he can get the same numbers from a 22" remchester deer rifle.

This is why I don't go to my notes and drag out load data from my 30" McGowan barrelled 308 and throw in the mix. Because its literally comparing apples to a toaster.

ETA: 175nosler CC from a 30" 308 2880fps avg. But yeah that's a THIRTY INCH barrel too.



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RPRNY
January 3, 2013, 12:48 PM
Firstly, I've never heard anyone suggest that the 7mm-08 is vastly superior to a .308. LEGAL NOTICE:I own one .308 for hunting and one precision rifle in .308 and would not replace either of them with a 7mm-08. I do also hunt with a 7x57, because you can load heavy for caliber bullets that will penetrate just about anything. I think the 7mm-08 is fine for the ladies and young children , but it gives up to much powder space to run the heavy bullets efficiently (162 and 175 gr.).


I respectfully submit that in this very post YOU are (correctly) suggesting that the 7mm-08 is superior to the .308.

The point is that with the ballistic coeficients and penetrating qualities of the 6.5 - 7mm bullets, anything that will drop with a 180 gr .308 bullet or less, will do so more efficiently, with less recoil in 6.5 - 7mm between 140 - 160 gr.

For normal ethical hunting ranges (which are much shorter than 90% of people believe they are able to accurately shoot), the discussion is academic and obscure. At the ranges at which 90% of people are "qualified" to hunt, the 30-30 will serve just fine, let alone the .308 or 30-06. However, once you get past 500 yds (which is utterly irrelevant to me, for example), the 6.5 - 7mm faimily of medium action cartridges are superior to all of the non-magnum .308 family. This is relevant to a small number of highly skilled shooters, internet Jesuits, and ballistics bickerers.

Continue, for I am none of the above :neener:

1858
January 3, 2013, 01:45 PM
Also note this thread isn't about 1000 yards its about hunting inside 500. We understand you long range guys need to wring every ounce of ballistic performance out of your loads, but as I point out above what makes a good f-class setup really doesn't have much bearing on Bambi shooting inside 400

I agree 100% with this. Also, long range target shooters don't give any thought to terminal performance either ... it's all internal and external ballistics, specifically pressure, velocity and BC = wind drift.

As for the discussion at hand, I don't see any real world advantage to the 7mm-08 Rem over the .308 Win for any kind of hunting situation. Like others I own rifles chambered for both and reload for both but if I had to choose one or the other it'd be the .308 Win without a doubt.

Art Eatman
January 3, 2013, 02:18 PM
When my legs went on strike against multi-mile walking hunts with a 9.5 pound .30-'06, I bought a Rem 700 Ti. I decided on the 7mm08, mostly from aesthetics. It sorta looks like an unsanforized '06; the .308 bullet diameter looks a little bit "too fat" in proportion to that case. (How's that for rational thought?)

So, looking at the numbers in several reloading manuals, I concluded that the 7mm08 is pretty much the same deal with 140 grains of bullet as is the .308 with 150 grains: Bambi will never know the difference.

So, for meddling around with Bambi, it's sorta six of one, half-dozen of the other and now it's time for a nap. :D

Kachok
January 4, 2013, 01:08 AM
R.W. Dale to answer your question no I don't own a chrono but my friend does, most loads come in a bit below published but I have seen some that come in higher then published as well, in one extreme case I have seen a load push over 100fps faster then it was supposed to (not my loads or rifle), many factors come into play when you are talking muzzle velocity, length of the barrel, how tight the chamber is, resistance of the rifling...etc.
And just to clear something up I do agree with you that the 30-06 is a simply fantastic cartrage and anyone who thinks it is old hat is either ignorant or has never used one, but the same could be said for the 6.5x55, it is the most accurate rifle I own, it is a joy to shoot, easy to load and kills deer as dead and as quick as anything I have ever used so what is wrong with me having a favorite that is not mainstream? Especially since I load my own anyway and the availability of factory ammo is not even a small concern.
I did not start loading 30-06 until recently, it is a superb cartrage in every way but loaded anything near it's potential it is an overkill on these small southern whitetail deer, it knocked a 6" hole in the last one! I am sure I would feel very differently if I lived in elk country.

Abel
January 4, 2013, 07:24 AM
I did not start loading 30-06 until recently, it is a superb cartrage in every way but loaded anything near it's potential it is an overkill on these small southern whitetail deer, it knocked a 6" hole in the last one! I am sure I would feel very differently if I lived in elk country.

It is the perfect amount of overkill for Southern Whitetails. I have owned two 308's now and I am now on my second 30-o6. The 308 has a vanilla factor that is hard for me to get over.

Kachok
January 4, 2013, 09:21 AM
308s are fun, I am on my second one, very much like the 06 just giving up about 80fps for a short action and a 10-15% reduction in recoil (to my shoulder anyway) I do find the 30-06 to be easier to work up accurate loads for, but that may simply be the difference in rifles. I do like the feel of my 308 more though but has less to do with it being a short action and more to do with it being a walnut FN Model 70 Featherweight :D My 7mm-08 is a Browning A-Bolt II which I do like the feel of but that is without a doubt the hardest rifle I have every used to develop an accurate handload for, took me several trips to the range and a bunch of experimental loads to find anything that shot under 2", it did not like anything factory either I tried SSTs, Core-Lokts, and Fusions they all looked like a shotgun pattern. All my friends who own A-Bolts swear theirs are super accurate, I may have just got a dud.

rcmodel
January 4, 2013, 01:04 PM
it knocked a 6" hole in the last one!You "might" be using the wrong bullets.

rc

Robert101
January 4, 2013, 02:11 PM
Head to head 308 Win vs 7mm-08 Rem

The deciding factor b/n these two rounds is not ballistics or energy in my opinion. Why? Because there really is no significant difference. Its like arguing 9MM, 40 S&W or 45 automatic. For me the difference is brass availability (cheap brass), and bullet selection. I like the 308 Winchester due to these factors and find the mainstream to work to my advantage in cost and quantity of reloadable ammo. I can always move my scope a click or two more or select a different mil dot for the 308. I use virtually the same powder all the time as well: Varget. No I don't think I boring.

Kachok
January 4, 2013, 08:13 PM
You "might" be using the wrong bullets.

rc
That was a 165gr Game King at 2800fps, I think the hole would have been a little smaller had it not made fragmentation device out of the spine on the way out the base of the neck, I'll try and upload some pictures when I get home. I would load them down a hair but my hunting buddy hunts with my 06 more then I do, and he loves the overkill so I will continue to load them for him.

Art Eatman
January 4, 2013, 08:50 PM
Kachok, if that Game King was the HPBT, it was just a hand grenade waiting to go off. Below 2,500 or 2.600 they might not do as much ruination, but I guarantee you that at around 3,000 they do make a mess.

I was going for a neck shot on a doe at maybe 30 yards one time, cross-body from a tree blind, and she took a step just as I pulled trigger. The bullet took the full upper "ball joint" from the off foreleg. Fist-sized exit wound. (Max load, '06, 26" barrel.)

Ky Larry
January 4, 2013, 09:03 PM
Let me stop the turnip truck for just a moment. If I understand the OP, in a hunting situation on deer, there is very little difference between the .308 Win and the 7mm-08. I thought we had all agreed that Shot selection, bullet choice, and bullet placement were more important than crunched numbers. Oh well, carry on.

Kachok
January 4, 2013, 09:33 PM
Kachok, if that Game King was the HPBT, it was just a hand grenade waiting to go off. Below 2,500 or 2.600 they might not do as much ruination, but I guarantee you that at around 3,000 they do make a mess.

I was going for a neck shot on a doe at maybe 30 yards one time, cross-body from a tree blind, and she took a step just as I pulled trigger. The bullet took the full upper "ball joint" from the off foreleg. Fist-sized exit wound. (Max load, '06, 26" barrel.)
No that was the 165gr SP, I do have a box of the HPs but after seeing what the SP did I am afraid to use them. The shot only passed through about 6-7" of deer (very small doe) so it had enough time in target to expand but not enough to slow down, combine that with hitting spine and you have the perfect storm of exit wound, mind you that load already give some impressive wounds (2-4" wide) even if it does not strike any heavy bone.

dvdcrr
January 5, 2013, 08:57 PM
If you neck down but keep bullet weight constant you have a longer projectile. This takes up case capacity which partly why speed is reduced. Seat out farther with a long throat and it's moot. Necking down helps by putting a lighter skinnier spitwad in front of all those grains.

kludge
January 7, 2013, 05:24 PM
... but let's look at some real numbers...

Nosler #6 as a reference point.

168gr Ballistic Tip 308 Win 52.5gr Big Game 2910fps (24" barrel) w/.490BC


Please post pics of the chronograph. I might believe 2800fps.

Kachok
January 7, 2013, 08:41 PM
Please post pics of the chronograph. I might believe 2800fps.
That is the listed speed, seems a bit fast to me too as does the 140gr 7mm-08 at 2953fps. I had to use max load data or someone would be raising hell at me for not being fair LOL. I have both of those loads but have yet to get a chance to chrono them. The 52.5gr Big Game load is very much a compressed load, in fact I cannot use it with boat tail bullets in anything but Winchester brass, I tried in Federal and the boat tail was pushing powder out the neck before the bullet would seat. Nosler lists it at a 114% compressed load!

R.W.Dale
January 7, 2013, 08:45 PM
I wouldn't believed that speed till I saw it on a digital readout from my 30" 308. From a 24" barrel its another reloading manual farie tale




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Abel
January 7, 2013, 09:29 PM
I think that Game Kings are perfect for 22" barrels and non-max loads. In 30-o6, MV of 2650 is plenty to make them do what they do.

Gtscotty
January 7, 2013, 09:39 PM
That was a 165gr Game King at 2800fps, I think the hole would have been a little smaller had it not made fragmentation device out of the spine on the way out the base of the neck, I'll try and upload some pictures when I get home.

Here's a pic taken yesterday showing similar damage from almost the same load you used. This doe was shot at about 20 yds with a 165 gr Gameking running 2900-ish fps. The bullet hit the leg bone on exit and opened up a decent hole. I really like these Gamekings, that's just kinda what happens when you hit bone.

http://i49.tinypic.com/1zwhfmr.jpg

p.s.~ I actually tagged a 100 lb hog with the same load on Saturday... it was a good weekend!

p.p.s~ The shot was angled sharply downward, hence the low exit.

kludge
January 8, 2013, 12:54 AM
That is the listed speed, seems a bit fast to me too as does the 140gr 7mm-08 at 2953fps. I had to use max load data or someone would be raising hell at me for not being fair LOL. I have both of those loads but have yet to get a chance to chrono them. The 52.5gr Big Game load is very much a compressed load, in fact I cannot use it with boat tail bullets in anything but Winchester brass, I tried in Federal and the boat tail was pushing powder out the neck before the bullet would seat. Nosler lists it at a 114% compressed load!

I was just bustin' your chops, I know it's a book load. ;) Ramshot lists 49.0gr max and 200fps less - THAT I believe.

114% compressed ? LOL! :what:

HOOfan_1
January 8, 2013, 01:08 AM
Here's a pic taken yesterday showing similar damage from almost the same load you used. This doe was shot at about 20 yds with a 165 gr Gameking running 2900-ish fps. The bullet hit the leg bone on exit and opened up a decent hole. I really like these Gamekings, that's just kinda what happens when you hit bone.
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I just shot one Saturday at 70 yards with a 150gr. Gameking from my .30-06 2850-2900 fps (estimated)....hit the leg and completely severed the bone. Tore a big chunk out of the brisket too.

My load is 52 grains of IMR 4064.

Kachok
January 8, 2013, 06:10 PM
Once me and my friend get the same day off I want to chrono those loads, my bet the 308 will come in 120fps lower then advertised. 60 fps because of my short 22" barrel and the other 60 from not being shot under labratory conditions. Just my wild guess, I know they are both noticably faster then factory because they group higher at 100yd, and the recoil is a tad more.

Kachok
January 9, 2013, 01:39 AM
Nice shot scotty but check out the hole my 06 made LOL. 57gr of 4350 and a 165gr Game King, I think the 06 or any high powered 30 cal is a bit much for whitetail but as long as you keep it out of the tasty parts why not. Sorry it took so long to post I had to wait for my friend to send it to me off his phone since the camera on mine sucks.

shaggy430
January 9, 2013, 10:30 AM
I see no real world advantage to the 7mm-08 over the 308.

Dthunter
January 9, 2013, 02:44 PM
And I see No "dis"advantage of the 7mm08rem. Over the .308

I have shot a pile of animals with both cartridges, and Cant say I have noticed one out performing the other.

I will continue to shoot either caliber to suit my mood more than anything. I do however wish more TACTICAL platforms were available in 7-08. That would save me from having to custom make another rifle. I hate waiting for custom work!

Paul7
January 9, 2013, 08:01 PM
Really??? How about a 35 Whelen vs the 280 Rem? I would run the numbers for you but they are laughable to say the least.
Truth is that there are ideal ratios of case capacity to bore for a given situation, and please understand that a 35 Whelen or 338-06 will in no way compete with a 280 or 6.5-06 for long ranged trajectory. I am not knocking the 35, it is a fantastic cartrage for real world hunting ranges (under 300 yards) but if you are shooting 500 or better it is easily outclassed by the 120+ year old 6.5x55.
I own and hunt with a 30-06 as well, but for deer class game my 6.5x55 shoots flatter, faster and more efficiently with alot less recoil and no deer has ever lived long enough to notice the difference between the two, that is why it is my favorite. I highly doubt anything larger then a 25-06 or 6.5x55 (120gr @3000fps with either) could kill a deer any faster, but for larger game my 30-06 with 165-200gr bullets gets the nod, not that my Sweed could not do the job but because a 30 cal is more appropriate and ethical.
What would you think about a 6.5x55 for cow elk?

Kachok
January 9, 2013, 09:03 PM
What would you think about a 6.5x55 for cow elk?
Not my first choice but it will do the job for sure, they sure use them enough in Europe for that purpose, moose too. I am no elk hunter but if I had a chance to go my Savage 30-06 would be close at hand, my 200gr Accubonds will do a number on anything shy of brown bear.
If you use a 6.5x55 for larger (CXP3) game be very picky about your choice of bullets seeing as many of them are designed for old Mauser speeds (2500ish fps) and would overexpand/underpenatrate on thicker boddied game. Nosler Partitions are a proven bullet at moder Sweed speeds their 140gr is dang near perfect when deep penatration is required.

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