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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 11-08-2018, 08:05 AM Thread Starter
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Got a New Rifle

Just got it into my head recently that I wanted a new rifle. I got my son a Ruger American in 6.5 Creedmoor for Christmas last year and we went to the range. I shot his gun and my 300 Weatherby back-to-back and came to a couple realizations. The Weatherby is heavy and long. It also kicks like a mule. The little 6.5 was light and handy and pointed like a shotgun. It also kicked very little.

So, I got myself a Savage Axis in 7mm-08 Remington. I got a Herters scope from Cabela's and will be mounting it tonight. Gun was $304 and the scope was $50. I'll be shooting it this weekend.

By the way, the Herters scopes are a great deal. I got one for the 6.5 and it's awesome. I love it. I'll bet the don't stay cheap for long.
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My wife shoots that Savage Axis 7mm/08, but hers has that Flamingo hunter stock on it. I could not believe what a solid shooter it is. I handload her a 139 gr Hornady interlock, and they are running like a dream! Good luck with it, she knocked her buck down on the spot last year!
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New guns are always nice.How did it shoot?

Bob Seger,till it shines.
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My wife shoots that Savage Axis 7mm/08, but hers has that Flamingo hunter stock on it. I could not believe what a solid shooter it is. I handload her a 139 gr Hornady interlock, and they are running like a dream! Good luck with it, she knocked her buck down on the spot last year!

My son has a TC Venture 7mm-08 .. I loaded the same bullets for him. Shoots very nice groups! I really enjoy shooting his gun. I did find that 162 gr Hornady ELD-x and HPBT produce an even slightly tighter of a group out of his gun.

If I ever want something other than my 30 cals for deer - it'll be a 7mm-08
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The gun shot great. Not the best trigger, but still good enough to shoot 1.25" groups at 100 yards. I tried 140 grain factory core-lokts, 140 grain factory Hornady Interocks and handloaded 140 grain Barnes Triple Shocks and 150 grain Banres Tipped Tripple Shocks. The two 140 grain factory loads and the 140 grain Barnes hand loads hit in the same spot. Which is good. I love the 150 grain Barnes in a higher velocity round but feel like I want a little more than the 7mm-08 can push it to get maximum expansion. The 140 grain X bullets are moving faster, so they are perfect. The only problem is that I only had a few left. But, since they print the same as the factory, I will load Barnes X bullets in the magazine and have a few factory 140 grains in my pocket in case I need them.

Anyway, gun feels great to shoot. Fits well, points easy, and recoil is mild. Took it out bear hunting in the deep snow and it was an easy carry.
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I did find that 162 gr Hornady ELD-x and HPBT produce an even slightly tighter of a group out of his gun.
What kind of velocity are you getting with those bullets?
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Yeah, there's no reason to lug around a 300 Weatherby. I mean all there is to hunt here is deer and black bear. It's not an African safari around here. I like the 7mm-08 too.

"A 30-30 is all you need. If you use a 30-06 you'll just hit a tree" -My Grandpa
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Yeah, there's no reason to lug around a 300 Weatherby.

Sure there is !!!


More than one....


1. They are WAY cool.

2. They work VERY well for just about anything at any sane distance.

3. They kick a little less than the .340 Wby and WAY less than a .375 Wby for those days when you're feeling a tad less froggy.

4. You want to

5. You can.

I'm sure there are several more reasons I didn't think of off the top of my head.

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My wife decided after 39 years she wanted a new rifle and give the 788 to the grandkids to hunt with. We stopped at the shop to check them all out and working actions and kicking tires, a Tikka T3X compact in 7mm08 was ordered. A Leupold 2.5 x 8 v3 was installed on it with Warne rings. I left everything up to her and let her decide what she wanted after looking at all the alternatives. Shoots like a Tikka, smooth and tight groups.
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Sure there is !!!


More than one....


1. They are WAY cool.

2. They work VERY well for just about anything at any sane distance.

3. They kick a little less than the .340 Wby and WAY less than a .375 Wby for those days when you're feeling a tad less froggy.

4. You want to

5. You can.

I'm sure there are several more reasons I didn't think of off the top of my head.
I think you covered all my reasons in the above.

When I was a kid, I read a lot of hunting and shooting magazines. The 300 Weatherby was the holy grail and I always wanted one. Finally made it happen when I was 30 years old. Hunted with it faithfully for 17 seasons. Shot a couple bucks with it and a good amount of doe. I served me well. For the next few seasons, it will be a special occasion gun.
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