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7 mag bullet for deer and bear

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Durby, Jul 31, 2007.

  1. Durby

    Durby New Member

    Jun 8, 2007
    SF Bay Area, CA
    I hunt black tail deer here in CA, but recently have been getting a bear tag too. Our deer are small, a monster for our area field dresses at 140 pounds, more likely to be about 100-120 pounds though. Last year I saw a black bear that was, as best I can figure, about 400 pounds. Even if I was exagerating, which I don't think I am, lets say 350 pounds. I personally saw a 450 pound bear that was killed in our area though.
    So I want to load a bullet that will expand enough on our tiny deer, yet penetrate enough for a 400 pound black bear. The gun I will be using is most likely going to be a Remington 700 in 7MM Rem Mag. I have used Nosler (partition) bullets in my other deer rifle and was extremely impressed with accuracy (the first load I worked up went under an inch at 100 yards with no tweeking - good luck I know) so I am kinda leaning towards Nosler. I was thinking the 160 grain Accubond might be a good choice? the polymer tip for expansion, the bonded core for weight retention.
    Any thoughts? Range will be close, I doubt I will be shooting more than 150 yards, so the bullets will still be traveling pretty quick.
  2. glockman19

    glockman19 Senior Member

    Mar 16, 2007
    7mm should be fine and the bullet you're using should work. It seems to me it's all about shot placement.
  3. Grumulkin

    Grumulkin Senior Member

    Dec 1, 2005
    Central Ohio
    I would try a Barnes bullet.

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