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7mm-08

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by roc1, Nov 17, 2009.

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  1. roc1

    roc1 Member

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    I am considering a new rifle in this caliber and was wondering in regard to recoil is it as bad as the 308 or is it closer to the 243? accuracy show to be as good as the 308?
    Thanks for any help
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  2. Gunther

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    I own several 7mm-08's and it is my favorite deer rifle in a Model 7. Recoil is quite similar to the 308. My 81 year old father can't shoot Magnums anymore and he loves his T/C Encore in 7mm-08. We have used it on Antelope too and it makes'em dead. Good Luck!
     
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  3. bigred94

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    the 7-08 that i bought my wife has the recoil less then a 308 but more then a 243. its a wood browning x-bolt.
     
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    A little less than 308, but more than 243. Weight of rifle is a factor, obviously. 7mm-08 is a great deer round and adequate for elk at reasonable distances. Excellent cartridge!
     
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    Recoil (to me) is killer in a Model Seven youth in this caliber, but it's a very light rifle. A heavier rifle or different stock design might improve that, though.
     
  6. roc1

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    The rifle is a 7lb Ruger Hawkeye. I have looked at the 308 also. I shoot 06 for years but would like something a little less punishing for just shooting on a Sunday afternoon.
    Thanks again
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  7. Ol` Joe

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    Recoil is closer to the 308 then the 243.
    The difference between a 140gr and 150 at almost the same velocity isn`t worth trying to figure.
    The 08 is however a good choice for deer and wll do well with 120gr bullets where recoil will be reduced from 308 levels.
     
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    Just set up a savage mod 16 in 7-08 for a friend very soft shooting rifle was very supprised and shot under MOA .77 with Rem corelokt 140s.
     
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    Exactly. Similar charge weights and same weight projectiles will produce near identical recoil, so 150's in the 7mm will feel identical to 150's in .308. The lighter 120's will back that down a bit; 100's in the .243 will really back down the pop, even though all share the same case. Don't write off the .260 rem; may be the best compromise of all if power & recoil on the .308 case are the top priorities, assuming you do not like the .243. I happen to like the little 6mm quite a bit; it is perfectly adequit for any central Texas game.
     
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    i've had allot of different deer rifles over the years and the 7mm-08 remmington 700bdl is the best hunting rifle i've ever owned at 100yds it shoots a 3/4 group
     
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    my niece just got one........ now im debating it i love that roudn so much after sighting in her scope


    very fun gun but ammo for the .308s cheaper
     
  13. Maverick223

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    Recoil is comparable to the 30-30, perhaps slightly more. Pretty much dead between a .243 and .308. It can be loaded just as accurately as the .308 and has a more favorable trajectory, however match grade rounds are not available to my knowledge, so reloading is compulsory for this cartridge (for making small holes in far away paper).

    :)
     
  14. Kernel

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    Given an eight pound rifle (your seven pound rifle with a scope, rings, and a sling) would have:

    8.6 ft-lbs of recoil in a .243 with a 85 gr bullet.
    14.2 ft-lbs of recoil in a 7-08 with a 120 gr bullet.
    17.5 ft-lbs or recoil in a .308 with a 150 gr bullet.

    Basically, the .7-08 is closer to a .308 than it is to the .243. Bullet weight is the determining factor. All three use the same case design and therefore have the same powder capacity and energy potential.

    Just for grins consider a .375 H&H:

    42.8 ft-lbs of recoil with a 270 gr bullet! :eek:

    Or a .223 Remington:

    3.2 ft-lbs or recoil with a 55 gr bullet.

    No wonder the Army likes their poodle popper.
     
  15. interlock

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    7mm08 is a really great round. Recoil can be mild... speer 130 gr spitzers with 42 gr of N140 is really mild recoiling and very deadly (2794fps 2253ftlb) . or quite heavy speer 145 gr spitzers 50 gr of re19 (2900 fps 2400 ftlb). my favourite current load is 120gr sierra prohunter with 46 gr of N140 at 3059 fps 2494 ft lb (also quite stout recoil)

    however this is in a remmy model 7 (velocity figures increased to give scale against 24 inch rifles using quickload). the remmy is a small and light rifle. If recoil is an issue use a heavier rifle and a moderator (where permitted).

    the 7mm08 is an excellant, efficient and accurate game getter. using quicker powders it is economical to reload for excellant performance. componants are widely available. 308 brass can NORMALLY just be necked down in your press.

    Buy one, you wont regret it
     
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