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    7x64

    I put up a post recently about having a Sako 75 in 25-06 re-barrelled to a 7x57. I'm still considering my options, one of which is going up a notch to a 7x64. I have no experience of this calibre. A lot of my stalking is roe on open ground and in woodland. Would it be a practical choice?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moonraker68 View Post
    I put up a post recently about having a Sako 75 in 25-06 re-barrelled to a 7x57. I'm still considering my options, one of which is going up a notch to a 7x64. I have no experience of this calibre. A lot of my stalking is roe on open ground and in woodland. Would it be a practical choice?
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    I've never used either 7mm chambering, but I do use a .270.
    I'd be inclined to go for 7x64 over 7x57, mainly because it seems to be a more-flexible .270

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    i have many rifles in all sorts off calibers and i would strongly suggest getting the 7x64 chambering.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moonraker68 View Post
    I put up a post recently about having a Sako 75 in 25-06 re-barrelled to a 7x57. I'm still considering my options, one of which is going up a notch to a 7x64. I have no experience of this calibre. A lot of my stalking is roe on open ground and in woodland. Would it be a practical choice?
    I have used a 7x64 and have the rimmed 7x65r as well as 7x57. Modern 7x57 is quite anemic - 140gn trundling along at 2600 fps or so, whereas then original loading was up at 2800 - about the same or a bit lower than 7x64. In my 7x65r I have a mild hand load with 139gn bullet at 2600 - minimal recoil but has a buck the other day out at 160 yds (measured after the event) - just put cross hair half way up and bowled over backwards - just like every other Buck I shoot with. Not a lot damage either. I also have RWS loads with 173 gn brenneke bullets going At 2750 and they are flat shooting with big thump. The 7x64 has the case capacity to push a big bullet fast. And my experience of the 7x65r which has the same case shape is the recoil is just a push. I have shot the full throttle loads without the scope - 7lbs weight and it's more comfortable than 16 bore barrel.

    On on the continent 7x64 ammo is everywhere - probably more available than 7x57. In the Uk you have to shop around a bit or reload.

    more info RWS centerfire rifle cartridges for hunters RWS | Rottweil

    And for 7x57 RWS centerfire rifle cartridges for hunters RWS | Rottweil
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    Hi MR. I've a 7x64 although I've yet to shoot it. Some say that it's the ultimate medium calibre, others that it's just the 30-06 necked down. Timeline wise that might be correct. Although Brenneke developed it from his 8x64 necked down.

    You'll have no problem in your .25-06 taking a 7x64 as both are the same length, give that odd 1mm, but? But why not .30-06 as it'll do all the 7x64 will but cheaper! My Redding 7x64 dies that I've just bought cost me 95. My Redding .30-06 dies that I've just bought cost me 50. Big difference!

    7x64 runs from 139 grains to 173 grains max. Your .30-06 will start at 150 grains and go through 165 grains and 180 grains up to 220 grains. Plus for practice "cheap" FMJ bullets are available in both 150 grain and 180 grain.

    My 7x64 is nice but in truth a .30-06 might serve you better here in the UK and on the continent where the Belgian and French "military calibfre" prohibition has long fallen. But...here's the things and I hope Pine Marten and Bavarian Brit will advise...in Germany then 7x64 is the acme.

    For your roe again if you put a separate post the .30-06 users will be along to advise best bullet weight and best bullet chpice.
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    If you do decide to re-barrel your 75 IV action into 7x64 make sure you check the Cartridge Over All Length (COAL) with the bullets you want to use in it compared to the length of internal of the magazine.

    As for which calibre, there is little practical difference at normal stalking ranges, and as a reloader for a 7x57 I can tell you that it is possible to load it up to very nearly .270 levels with a 130gr bullet. But factory ammunition can be a little asthmatic, although still effective at normal ranges.

    The 7x64 is a cracking longer range cartridge with all the benefits of the very aerodynamic 7mm bullets and a large powder charge, hence the liking for it when shooting at "Gams" in the mountains.

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    This is my fathers calibre, grhs, I'm now at the age of my father when I listened the most to him.
    I have shot and owned many, currently 25facair, 22hornet, 204, 243, 30-06 as these steps suit my shooting
    we had no deer as a boy just ducks and geese, but was invited to europe to shoot Keiler in exchange, so old man Elderkin sold us on a 7x64, that rifle is in my fathers box as well as his pipe/slipers/country clothing/8 bore and best book along with Oktoberfest hat and Fez (don't ask) also a load of other shooting stuff my mother felt should go with him...
    I guess what I'm saying is... if you are at that stage of life and the shooting fits 'it's the very best of calibre available' provided you can get or load all the variables it can shoot if not don't blame the 7x64
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    Quote Originally Posted by flytie View Post
    If you do decide to re-barrel your 75 IV action into 7x64 make sure you check the Cartridge Over All Length (COAL) with the bullets you want to use in it compared to the length of internal of the magazine.
    AFAIK the SAKO 75 was offered from the factory in 7x64 - so this might not be an issue.

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    I have not used the 7x64 but I have built several similar 280's. Splendid cartridge. I'm sure the 7x64 will handle any task you put it to.~Muir

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