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Old 05-15-2017, 07:36 PM   #1
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My daughter's boyfriend has been hand loading his hunting ammo for years, and offered to reload some of my 7mm Rem Mag brass (I have around 40). I'm shooting the 140 grain Barnes Vor-tx which I shot a 3-shot group inside a 1" bullseye at 200 yards with the Tikka T3 a couple weeks ago- I'm not looking to experiment with new loads at that weight.

I was thinking loading some heavy bullets 180 or heavier for future moose or bear hunting. Any better ideas so I can take him up on the offer?


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Old 05-15-2017, 08:16 PM   #2
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I love berger bullets in my .308 calibers. Working up 168 gr berger loads for my dads 7mag right now. We are using retumbo.
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Old 05-16-2017, 07:26 PM   #3
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I could recommend the Barnes 145 gr LRX bullet. I shoot it in my 7mm RUM and it is Barne's long range bullet. I have shot everything from 110 gr to 160 gr Barnes bullets in my RUM and they all shoot very well.
I also use H1000 powder for all of those bullets.
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Old 05-16-2017, 08:13 PM   #4
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Heavy bullet:

http://www.bergerbullets.com/7mm-195...-elite-hunter/

Reloading info:

http://www.bergerbullets.com/reloading-data/


I must say, the tech people at Berger are first rate. I have called a couple of times with questions, and they have been fantastic.


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You need to verify your rate of twist before stepping up to anything too big and long like the bergers. I would stick with a bonded bullet like an accubond for normal hunting bullets if you don't need to be shooting very far.
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Old 05-17-2017, 07:53 PM   #6
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Spec sheet says 1 in 9.5 twist rate. I'm not looking for longer distance than a 140 or 160 will do, it was for hunting larger game (moose if I can draw a tag).


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Old 05-18-2017, 03:11 PM   #7
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Spec sheet says 1 in 9.5 twist rate. I'm not looking for longer distance than a 140 or 160 will do, it was for hunting larger game (moose if I can draw a tag).


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Was that the spec sheet for your rifle? If so then you should be able to handle up to a 180. The 195's need a 1:9 twist typically to stabilize. I've been slinging 180 Bergers out of my Remington 700, but I rebarreled it with a Bartlein 1:9 barrel.
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Are you limited to lead free bullets?
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You need to verify your rate of twist before stepping up to anything too big and long like the bergers. I would stick with a bonded bullet like an accubond for normal hunting bullets if you don't need to be shooting very far.
Spot on trophy8! Before I went to Africa I tried working up 175 gr Barnes TSX bullets in my 7mm RUM. They would not stablize and were key holing so bad at 100 yards it was incredible.

I dropped down the 160 gr Barnes TSX and dialed it in to put 5 shots in quarter at 100 yards.
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Spec sheet says 1 in 9.5 twist rate. I'm not looking for longer distance than a 140 or 160 will do, it was for hunting larger game (moose if I can draw a tag).


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160 accubond. Done and done.
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Thanks guys for sharing the information.


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I have some 160 gr AccuBonds on the bench right now going into my 7mag brass. I tested a few powder charges the other day and found one that resulted in a 3-shot cloverleaf at 100 yards.
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