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7MM08

Postby UTGrad » Tue Dec 03, 2019 7:59 am

I’m kicking around adding a 7mm 08 to the stable. Anyone use this caliber and can share its virtues?


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Re: 7MM08

Postby infoman jr. » Tue Dec 03, 2019 8:30 am

That caliber used to be very popular and recommended in this forum; it may still be. I have a 700 Titanium in 7-08. It's a handy little thing. There is a good selection of bullet weights available, and recoil is minimal. I shoot Barnes VorTX 120 gr in mine.
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Re: 7MM08

Postby DaveB » Tue Dec 03, 2019 8:53 am

The 7-08 is a pretty good cartridge. The 120 and 140 grain bullets shoot lights out in the two I own.

Downside used to be if you don't handload factory ammo was pricey or not generally available.

The recoil is indeed very manageable.

Deer Assassin only kills about 10-15 a year with the 120 Nosler Ballistic Tip out of a 7-08 so, yep, it kills dead for sure. And they aren't sitting on his doorstep either.

Hard to go wrong and even better if you load your own.

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Re: 7MM08

Postby UTGrad » Tue Dec 03, 2019 9:16 am

I think 7mm-08 ammo is more widely available now due to its popularity over the years.


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Re: 7MM08

Postby REN » Tue Dec 03, 2019 11:59 am

I love mine, have had a lot of success with it for deer and coyotes. Shoot 140 accubonds and 120 barnes out of it very well.
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Re: 7MM08

Postby gun nut » Tue Dec 03, 2019 12:57 pm

Love 7/08 I’ve killed no telling how many deer with mine
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Re: 7MM08

Postby UTGrad » Tue Dec 03, 2019 1:13 pm

I already have a 308. Would I be splitting hairs picking up a 7mm-08?


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Re: 7MM08

Postby DaveB » Tue Dec 03, 2019 5:22 pm

I own and shoot both.

The 7 is loaded with 120 NBT's.

The 308 is shooting 150 Accubonds

The light 7 recoil is a nice benefit and it can push that 120 PDQ downrange. And when you can get them the 120's are dirt cheap.

Another factor is my 7/08s can be shot left or right handed and I continue to try and shoot lefty.

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Re: 7MM08

Postby huntinkev » Tue Dec 03, 2019 6:01 pm

My daughter shot her first deer with 7-08 this year. Very impressed with the performance and recoil. She is shooting reduced recoil 120gr hornady's

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Re: 7MM08

Postby hunter0925 » Tue Dec 03, 2019 8:28 pm

UTGrad wrote:I already have a 308. Would I be splitting hairs picking up a 7mm-08?


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For most TN hunting, yes it's splitting hairs. However, the 7mm08 is an awesome round and having more guns is never a bad thing. I have a 260, 7mm08, 308, 30-06,300wsm, 280ai (2). They all have their place and I split a lot of hairs. Lol
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Re: 7MM08

Postby Chief44 » Tue Dec 03, 2019 9:02 pm

I own two rifles in 7mm-08. One wood/blued Rem model seven and a model seven HS Precision model. Both are great shooting guns. I have rifles in other calibers but one of the 7mm-08’s is usually in my hand during deer season. Great round.
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Re: 7MM08

Postby Stykbow » Tue Dec 03, 2019 9:54 pm

It’ll kill any animal in TN without a problem. Light recoil, pretty good bullet selection, and easy to find ammo in my experience. Yeah, I’m a fan.


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Re: 7MM08

Postby FTG-05 » Wed Dec 04, 2019 8:49 pm

Kills deer and hogs like the Hammer of God. Used my son's Rem Model 7 Youth model in 7mm-08 until he was old enough to use it. Then got my own Ruger American Compact, also in 7mm-08. Love the cartridge.
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Re: 7MM08

Postby jetwrnch » Thu Dec 05, 2019 9:35 am

UTGrad wrote:I already have a 308. Would I be splitting hairs picking up a 7mm-08?


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The 7mm-08 is a more efficient use of the 308 case. Better ballistic coefficient and higher sectional density for the same weight bullet with less recoil. Other than recoil there's not a huge difference between the two unless you need really heavy bullets, then the .308 wins.
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Re: 7MM08

Postby 280longshot » Fri Dec 06, 2019 11:20 am

No flies on the 7-08 and the 150 eld x.

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Re: 7MM08

Postby CHRIS WILSON » Fri Dec 06, 2019 12:19 pm

UTGrad wrote:I already have a 308. Would I be splitting hairs picking up a 7mm-08?


Pretty much...yes. One really won't out do the other as a deer cartridge. The 7mm-08 will give you a little less recoil with bullets of 140 gr or less but the 308 itself is not a harsh recoiling caliber. It really boils down to one question. Do you really want a 7mm-08? For whitetail, you won't be under gunned with either.
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Re: 7MM08

Postby Stalkhunter » Fri Dec 06, 2019 1:05 pm

Love mine I have it in a rifle and pistol


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Re: 7MM08

Postby JCDEERMAN » Fri Dec 06, 2019 2:14 pm

It came down to a 7mm/08 or a .308 for me too a couple months ago. I went with the .308 - mainly due to me finding 150 gr boxes of ammo for $12.87 a box....I bought 22 boxes - pretty much set for life.

The 7mm/08 ammo that I see is twice as expensive. The .308 is light recoil and you can get heavier bullets - that's what I liked about it.
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Re: 7MM08

Postby Kilby » Fri Dec 06, 2019 11:51 pm

JCDEERMAN wrote:It came down to a 7mm/08 or a .308 for me too a couple months ago. I went with the .308 - mainly due to me finding 150 gr boxes of ammo for $12.87 a box....I bought 22 boxes - pretty much set for life.

The 7mm/08 ammo that I see is twice as expensive. The .308 is light recoil and you can get heavier bullets - that's what I liked about it.



I see 7mm08 ammo all the time for $20 and under sure they have premium leadings all the way up to $50 but all calibers do
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