After a long series of load development I have 3 very good loads that have repeated at least 3 times each in my 7mm Mag
1) 175 gr Sierra Match Kings with 57 gr H4350 - 3 group average of about 5/8" - 3.29 COL 2) 150 gr scirocco with 68 gr IMR7828SSC - 3 group average of just over 5/8" - 3.36 COL (35/1000ths off lands) 3) 120 gr Barnes TTSX with 72 gr Re22 - 3 group average of 7/8" - 3.24 COL (way off lands as suggested by Barnes)
All with Win std large rifle primers. All cased trimmed to same length.
So, all you 7mm deer killers: What would be your choice from these 4 loads?
Consider that my shots will be from 30 yds out to maybe 300 yds tops.
I am leaning on the 120 gr Barnes for the sole reason that I won't have lead fragments in any meat.
I loaded 5 rounds of each load for my next range trip just to totally confirm earlier results.
This is the only Scirocco load that has done better than 2" so I was tickles to see that they can shoot.
Hornady 154gr interbonds and interlocs were my all time favorites for whitetails out of the 280 Rem and 7mag, (some ole timer at a gun show recommended them to me, and man was he spot on) I'd say out of your three choices I'd say the Barnes for the same reason you have stated..
Post by wilmsmeyer on Sept 2, 2014 20:30:57 GMT -5
Thanks guys. I guess they would all work inside 300. Just not wanting to blast a deer to smithereens or be chewing on lead/copper frags. This gun came to me, I didn't come to it. I shoots awesome. It's very accurate and easy to carry.
I am a layman with 2 other center fire. Until 4 years ago a center fire was only a way to kill woodchucks and shoot paper. I have a big heavy .243 Rem Model 700 with a 26" bull barrel and a Marlin 336 in 30-30. All deer killers. I reload for them all and have many choices of recipes. The 30-30 is the easiest to carry and has all you need to kill a deer but limited in range to 200 yds or less. The 7mm is a tack driving thunder stick and carries very well. 20 years ago I would carry the heavy .243 but not anymore.
Tough tough decisions from someone who had to carry a Savage ML to get a leg up on the sluggers we had to use. Now we have it all.
Hunt a stand that commands the 30-30 with short shots in the woods. BUT....on your way to the stand there are opportunities that are above what the 30-30 has to offer. On your way out, you may have long shots after you leave the woods.
With what I have, I may carry the 7mm exclusively while after bucks with big racks. In late season, the 30-30 will get the nod. That's why I am leaning on the coppers.
One day I will acquire a medium sized bolt action .243 and be done with it. Load it with coppers or 85-100 gr partitions and have the best of all worlds.
I have been really impressed with the bench results of my new...old...7mm Mag. Having "mastered" trigger control...and accepting recoil with a hot loaded Savage Ml... this gun is easy to shoot, Even the stout loads seem easy to squeeze well with....after doing the same with 80 gr H4198 and a 250 TMZ in the Savage at 2,800+fps