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7mm 08 bullets

I have a very nice winchester model 70 in 7mm 08. It was given to me by my father-in-law. I have tried several factory loads and don't like them. I will have a friend do some reloading for me this spring. Any recommendation on bullets?? I am thinking about Barnes Triple Shock X in 140 grain. I shoot 120 grains Nosler partitions in my .257 Roberts. And may consider the Nosler for the 7mm 08 as well. This will be used solely for Whitetails.
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Re: 7mm 08 bullets

I load the 120 grain Nosler Ballistic tips for my wife's 7mm-08. I don't know that they'd be the bullet of choice for the faster 7mm's but they hold together well at '08 velocities. I recovered a bullet out of a doe's thigh that she shot at a steep quartering towards angle. The bullet went through the front shoulder and lodged in the rear leg with better than 50% weight retention. All broadside hits have been pass throughs.

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Re: 7mm 08 bullets

If going with Barnes TSX's, I would choose 120's for the 7-08.
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Re: 7mm 08 bullets

I've used imr 4350 with 140 ballistic tip and accubonds with great success. Recently found a load for the encore barrel with H4350 & 154 gr hornady interlock bullets. You cant go wrong with the interlock or partitions.
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Re: 7mm 08 bullets

Lot's of good 7mm bullets out there, and everyone listed here is good. The nosler 120 bt is a tough bullet, actually tougher than the 140 gr bt. Barnes makes great bullets, and love speed. Rob's suggestion of the 120gr is spot on for the 7-08. 120gr TSX,or the 120gr TTSX. In your shoes i'd buy two different bullets, and have your friend load some with some of the compatable powders he has on hand until you find what works.Varget,h414,either 4350,RL15,RL17 are all good powders to try.
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Re: 7mm 08 bullets

Hard to beat the 120 b-tip with 4350 for accuracy also easy to load for
With RL 17 or varget. I only shoot 120gr b tips from mine worked a load up
And never found reason to change

It may be a poor choice of words but I am smart enough to understand what you meant.
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Re: 7mm 08 bullets

How bad did factory ammo shoot??

My first thoughts were loose mounts/bases/bad scope or fouled up bore...

If you don't personally reload I wouldn't wanna rely on a friend from ammo...just my thoughts....I wanna be the source of my ammo supply...whether I buy it or roll it myself.....again..that's just me....
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Re: 7mm 08 bullets

And was the rifle thoroughly cleaned before use and cleaned during the ammo sight in/selection process?

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Re: 7mm 08 bullets

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If going with Barnes TSX's, I would choose 120's for the 7-08.
My Tikka loves 120 TSX with varget powder....

Shot two deer this year with this combo....DRT !!
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Re: 7mm 08 bullets

I shoot 139 grain Hornady sst out of mine with Varget. It shoots very well. I have also tried some reduced youth loads with 120 grain Nosler ballistic tips with H4895. They also shot well with almost no recoil.
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