Now that archery is over and I did not harvest a buck for the first time in a long time I am rifle hunting this year. I have always used my trusty 30.06 but I recently picked up a 7mm08. My question is are there anybody out there that use the 7mm08 or would rather use it over the 06? I know that the deer wont know the difference and its all about shot placement but how is the knockdown power and the blood trailing when the do run with the 7mm08. Thanks guys.
im 24 now and up till about 2 years ago ive always used a 7mm08 im running a 270wsm but i only bought that because i just like collecting guns but i have never lost a deer with it and you are right its allot about shot placement i usualy tried for neck shots on does and they always droppped in there tracks and for bucks right behinf the front shoulder they usualy dropped right away but there were a few times ive shot them and they ran 150yds only to my amazement when i was gutting them there heart looked like jelly and i reload my own but i usualy went with 140gr nosler combined technology and that put them down good also ive made shots with it at 300 yds and it just dropped them like a bad habbit in my opinion you cant go wron with the 7mm08its an all around good deer gun
My dad used an '06 all his life until he had shoulder surgery and had to go with a little less recoil. We got him a 7mm-08 and he LOVES it. Every deer he has shot with it has been a bang-flop. No issues with that round on deer. If you don't drop a deer with it, it's because you didn't do your part, not because of the cartridge's capabilities. Good luck.
Nothing wrong with the 08 but I never got the bang-flop every talks about with good shot placement. I guess I'm the dissenting voice I'd rather the 06. Of course the type of bullet makes a difference also.
As RobOz said, flip a coin. I too have them both and that's pretty much what I do. Although I seem to take the 7mm-08 more often. Mainly because it is synthetic so I don't have to worry about the weather with it but also for deer, it is more than enough.
7mm-08. It's an outstanding deer cartridge. 30-06 is also a great cartridge. I like my 7mm-08 with 140 grain core-lokts, easy on the recoil, accurate, and it can be found in light weight rifles. All of the deer I've harvested with it have been quick efficient kills, if I do my part. What make and model do you have?