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#620440 - 02/18/08 03:10 PM Who shoots a 7mm-08
Rackseeker
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I'm considering one for my next rifle. I'm in the need for a light rifle. Considered a .260 but theres not a good selection of factory loads. Want kind of rifle(brand) is your 7mm-08. I'm thinking about a Browning micro hunter, or Remington model 7. Thanks.........
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#620461 - 02/18/08 03:21 PM Re: Who shoots a 7mm-08 [Re: Rackseeker]
Tikkabuck
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I'm a 7mm-08 nut,really.
Two customs,a Mauser Varmint,a Remington 788 20" tube.
A Tikka Whitetail Hunter and a Remington 7600 uncataloged. Next I want one in a pistol.
Don't know why but my 788 kicks like a mule but it was a kicker before when it was a .243,I know it's the design of the stock, that will be a project at a later date.
All the others are awesome,the Tikka has a 22" tube and weighs in at about 7lbs.
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#620495 - 02/18/08 03:44 PM Re: Who shoots a 7mm-08 [Re: Tikkabuck]
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I've got a 7-08 Rem 700 mountain rifle....it is like a feather until you hit the trigger. Hornady light magnum factory loads shoot real well in it, but don't let any body tell ya they don't kick haha.
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#620499 - 02/18/08 03:46 PM Re: Who shoots a 7mm-08 [Re: Thunderroost]
Trapper John
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I've been shooting a Remington 700 in 7mm-08 since 1995. If I were to buy another one it would probably be the Browning.

I don't see a need to change so when I do buy another rifle it'll be another 7-08.

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#620545 - 02/18/08 04:16 PM Re: Who shoots a 7mm-08 [Re: Trapper John]
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Factory ammo choices for the 7mm-08 are not very good. You will be limited to certain bullets and weights.

If you don't reload, the 308 is a better choice IMO.
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#620563 - 02/18/08 04:27 PM Re: Who shoots a 7mm-08 [Re: Model70Man]
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I have a Kimber 84M Montana in .308. Its about the lightest gun available unless you want to spend big bucks. I believe the 7mm08 version weighs 5.5 lbs without scope. Recoil isnt bad with my .308, but muzzle flip is noticeable. If you reload I would go with a 260, IMO it gives away nothing to a 7mm08 with bullets up to 140 gr, yet gives you more versatility with the lower 90-100 gr bullet weights. Model70man has a Browning Micro .308 that is scary accurate.
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#620613 - 02/18/08 05:08 PM Re: Who shoots a 7mm-08 [Re: Kimberman]
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Would this be a suitable caliber for a 11 yr old. She has been shooting a 243 for a few years. The next rifle I purchase, I would like for her to be able to shoot it as well.
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#620784 - 02/18/08 06:57 PM Re: Who shoots a 7mm-08 [Re: Rackseeker]
UPSman
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The 7-08 with 120gr Remington Core-Lokts should be just fine for an 11 year old. You can choose from 140 TSX bullets, Accubonds, Ballistic tips and Partitions in factory ammo also. Some of it gets expensive but you can just use these for actual hunting instead of just range rounds.

I have 3 7-08's and you cannot go wrong with one. Good luck.
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#620840 - 02/18/08 07:24 PM Re: Who shoots a 7mm-08 [Re: UPSman]
Tikkabuck
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Yes I would say. After rasing 3 boys that all started with a .308 ,I wish I would have started them all with the 7mm-08 now that Grandkids are up and coming thats what they are going to start with. My Tikka and the the 7600 with 140's have hardly no kick unlike the 788. And the Varmint feels like shooting a pop gun with 120's.

I've shot a Mod.7 in 7mm-08 and for a kid I'd shy away from it,it did shoot really good but the recoil is about the same as my 788.

Nice thing about the 7mm08 to is if ya want it's a good Elk gun at the right distance. I have a buddy that use's his for Elk and Moose. It's a Rem mountian rifle.
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#620847 - 02/18/08 07:31 PM Re: Who shoots a 7mm-08 [Re: Tikkabuck]
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Heres some info for ya.

Shoots flatter than the 30-06 Springfield!
100 yard energy is four times greater than a 44 Magnum revolver!
Recoil is a little more than a 243 Winchester!
Tack driving accuracy is inherited from the 308 Winchester!
Point blank range is over 300 yards (+/- three inches!
Cheap to reload and brass last longer than most!
Available in lightweight short action rifles!
Versitile! From varmits to moose!

Compare 7mm-08 to Factory Loads
Now you can see why the 7mm-08 is a giant killer! This comparison should end all campfire arguements!

Cartridge MV-FPS 300 YD(200 Zero) 400 YD(200 Zero) 400 YD Energy
7mm-08 Handload 120 GR BT 3100 -6.4 -18.8 1300
7mm-08 Handload 130 GR BT 3040 -6.7 -19.6 1350
7mm-08 Handload 140 GR BT 2950 -6.8 -19.8 1510
7mm-08 Handload 145 GR BT 2900 -7.1 -20.4 1540
7mm-08 Handload 160 GR BT 2700 -8.1 -23.2 1546
25-06Rem Rem PSPCL 120GR 2990 -7.5 -22 1100
264 MAG Rem PSPCL 140GR 3030 -7.2 -20.8 1389
270 WIN Rem BP 130 GR 3060 -7.1 -20.6 1285
270 WIN Rem BT 140 GR 2960 -7.2 -20.7 1465
270 WIN Rem SPCL 150 GR 2850 -9.7 -29.2 872
7mm MAG Rem PSPCL 150 GR 3110 -7.0 -20.5 1448
7mm MAG Rem BT 165 GR 2900 -7.5 -21.4 1689
30-06 SPR Rem BP 150 GR 2910 -8.0 -23.3 1298
30-06 SPR Rem BT 165 GR 2800 -8.2 -23.6 1500
300 MAG REM PSPCL 180G 2960 -7.3 -20.9 1859
338 MAG REM PSP 225G 2785 -9.1 -26.7 1633
OK! Stop screaming! Some of you long action and magnum lovers are saying your handloads will beat the 7mm-08 loads! Not by much! Even with magnum and long action hot loads, it is still difficult to beat the 7mm-08 by one inch at 300 yards!
For example; we are trying to show is that 7mm-08 handloads will match 7mm Remington mag factory loads. If the gun story writers say the 7mm rem mag will handle moose and bears with factory ammo, the 7mm-08 will do the same with handloads. Now for the real truth. Most factory loads don't measure up to the claimed FPS. Yes! An 7mm rem mag handloaded with data from 35 years ago will smoke about any hunting rifle cartridge.
I love the 7 mag, but the 7mm-08 made me a better shooter. I normally won't take a shot beyond 400 yards. I can shoot up 3 boxes at the range with no blue shoulder. At 100 yards I can shoot the teeth off a plastic fork one at a time. I can't do this with my 7 mag. I use the 7mm-08 year around shooting varmints, pronghorns, deer, elk, and anything in season. This has made me a better shooter and hunter.
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