Following a few threads where people mentioned difficulty in sourcing 7mm-08 ammunition, I thought Iíd mention some interesting factory loads that exist but that I havenít seen here. However the fact that I havenít seen them here doesnít mean much, as I havenít seen much generally, and London is clearly not the best place to go looking for factory ammunition. Anyway, I had a look at my ďLe Chasseur Francais Hors-sťrie armes et munitionsĒ, which is essentially the catalogue of everything, and in addition to the Remington and Federal offerings, there are a few others that Iíd like to try out if I could.
Thereís a standard Norma 140gr one, which is hardly an exotic brand but I havenít heard it mentioned here. Thereís also a Hornady one, which I also havenít seen any trace of. More interesting though are one by Sauvestre and four by Sologne, both French manufacturers and made for the specific requirements of the domestic market, in other words driven big game including boar. The Sauvestre one uses the FIP (Fleche Interieure or Internal Arrow) bullet, which is their own proprietary design and is a hollowpoint copper bullet with an insert in the point made of another metal that ensures expansion on impact Ė http://www.sauvestre.com/?lang=en ). Itís pretty light, but also very fast. Itís specifically designed for driven hunting and a quick trawl of French forums suggests itís very effective indeed, despite itsí weight.
Sologne load rounds with well-known offerings from Sierra, Nosler etc, and some of these are pretty standard, but there a 162gr load thatís worth mentioning. They also use another all-copper proprietary bullet called the GPA (Grand Puissance díArret, or High Stopping Power) which again is designed for driven shooting Ė http://www.cartouches-sologne.fr/gpa.html.
They sound interesting but I really donít know how Iíd get hold of some. Can I buy some when Iím in France with my EFP and bring them back here to try out? Or canít I carry expanding ammunition back? Actually, Iím pretty sure you canít take ammunition on Eurostar. Not sure about the ferry, and I never go on the Ďplane.