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the 7mm/08 and varmints= does it work?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by awayne, Jan 24, 2012.

  1. awayne

    awayne New Member

    Apr 25, 2011
    i have decided to purchase a 7/08 steyer for what i trust will be my new "best all round" deer gun.

    i have one question, a question that haunted me as i tried to decide between a .243 and the 7/08: is it possible to load a true "varmint" round with the latter caliber. that is, can one expect to find a load that will be effective out to about 300 yds with bullets lighter than 75 grains?

    thanks for your patience with a guy who has only shot squirell and deer.
  2. LoonWulf

    LoonWulf Senior Member

    Jul 3, 2010
    If your willing to put up with the recoil, and blast, there isnt any reason NOT to use a 7mm-08 for varmints. I dont think youll find much lighter then about 100grn for the 7mm tho.

    I load 100grn sierras, and 120 grn hornadys HPs in my 7mm remington magnum, and my 7-30 waters. Smallest thing ive shot was a mongoose with the 7mm and sierras, pretty well splattered him, and then went to powder on the dirt just beyond. Its failed to exit on most of the goats ive shot, about the size of a coyote from what ive read, and usually turns most of whats inside to mush.
    The 120s are pretty hard, ive used them on deer, and goats. They usually penetrate all the way thru with the 7-30, about 2300fps, and about 6"-8"s out of the 7mm at 3400ish.
  3. DANNY243

    DANNY243 New Member

    Jan 20, 2010
    El Paso, TX
    7mm08 is an Excellent all around gun! As for loading "true varment rounds", however, its a good immitation of the real thing. The best you'll be able to do is load speer 110 gr TNT (b.c. 338) to about 3200 fps. I've shot this load before, the accuracy was ok and terminal ballistics were explosive on gallon jugs. That said, I think the speer 130 gr BTSP (b.c. 411) loaded to about 3000fps is a more accurate, flatter shooting, harder hitting, more explosive round. This round amazed me with IMR 4064 powder.

    If you want a true dual purpose varmint gun, .243 is the better choice. Your bullet options are abundant; from 55 gr BT's to 87 gr v-max's (90-100 gr bullets for deer). I like 60 and 75 grain sierra varminters and 70 gr nosler ballistic tips. Velosities are in the mid-high 3000's, good accuracy and explosive impacts. I remember the noslers dropping about 6-8 inches at 300 yards.
    Last edited: Jan 25, 2012
  4. BigN

    BigN Member

    Dec 17, 2010
    Adirondack Mountains, Waaay Upstate New York
    I load 100 gr HP for the 7-08. 120 Nosler ballistic tips for deer. It's very accurate with both but if you want lighter bullets, you'll have to go with the 243. Both 55 gr Ballistic Tips and 62 gr Varmint Grenades are devastating on coyotes in the 243. Dead is dead though and the 7-08 will take care of that.
  5. Kachok

    Kachok Senior Member

    Oct 3, 2010
    Palestine TX
    You can load 120gr Ballistic tips to 3200fps, that should give you 243 class trajectory though the recoil will be more noticable after a while. You would also have the benifit of being able to use the same load for everything from varmint to whitetail with great effect. Much like the 6.5 Sweed the 7-08 is a "do it all" caliber.

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