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Thread: 7mm 08 bullet choice

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    7mm 08 Fallow bullet choice

    Hi Everyone,

    I need some advice on what bullet to choose for shooting mostly Fallow and some Roe with a 7mm 08. I have a semi custom Sako 75 with a 22" Walther Sporter barrel which I bought from Wardy 1 on here. Wardy had some loads developed for it and it sings with Nosler 140Gr BT's, but... I need to find a bullet that is a bit kinder to the carcase and will drop a large Fallow, so soft tips spring to mind. Nosler Accubonds don't work that well through it so they're out.

    Time is limited for me (5 kids and a business keep me busy and knackered!) so the lads at Broc and Norris are going to make some test ammo up for me so I can see which bullets work best for accuracy but I wondered if anyone had any experience of what bullet works best for doing the job in the field?

    Just another thought - has anyone got a good Fox round choice too?



    Thanks for any help.
    Last edited by Roelander; 17-08-2013 at 10:52.

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    why don't you take the rifle back to the guy who developed the load for it in the first place,have you actually shot the 140 BTs at a fallow yet as they will work perfectly

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    Nosler balistic tips are all I use in my 7-08. Works well on fallow. They are designed to stay together and are not like the light weight varmint bullets designed to fragment.

    I also use them on fox. Never had a runner.....



    If intent on changing I would go with a TTSX solid copper bullet.
    "If you can't see it, you can't shoot it"

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    I used to use accubonds they are an excellent bullet with minimal carcase damage but very exspensive now I use sierra gk 140 grain they perform very well when not driven to silly velocities

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    Never had a problem with any of the Nosler offerings, BT and Accubonds shot to same POI , Partitions v slightly different. Muzzle velocity with 140Gn over RL15 was spot on the Nosler Book loads. I've been told that the TTSX is another good choice, and I'm looking to try them in the 7x57.

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    Quote Originally Posted by see it shoot it View Post
    why don't you take the rifle back to the guy who developed the load for it in the first place,have you actually shot the 140 BTs at a fallow yet as they will work perfectly
    No I haven't shot Fallow with them yet but I know someone that has and said the opposite - so I thought I would ask to see what everyone thought. This thread is less to do with load development and more to do with bullet/carcase effectiveness. There are a few stalkers who really don't like BT's too so I thought I'd try and find an alternative but having said that I'd really like to keep using the current load if possible as they are bullet on bullet.
    Last edited by Roelander; 17-08-2013 at 12:43.

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    I shot a fox and a roe buck at the weekend with 120gr Hornady SP bullets. Good expansion and instant kills. I would have no hesitation in using them on Fallow.
    I moved over to the 7mm-08 after shooting a fallow doe with a .243 and the bullet failed to exit. The doe ran 25 yards but the heart shot was effective. I want a bullet that exits so I can track anything that runs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roelander View Post
    No I haven't shot Fallow with them yet but I know someone that has and said the opposite - so I thought I would ask to see what everyone thought. This thread is less to do with load development and more to do with bullet/carcase effectiveness. There are a few stalkers who really don't like BT's too so I thought I'd try and find an alternative but having said that I'd really like to keep using the current load if possible as they are bullet on bullet.
    if I was you I wouldn't listen to what others say until you have tried them yourself,accuracy kills,velocity causes meat damage.I know for a fact how your rifle performs so get out there and knock something over.
    do not confuse hunting BT with varmint BT there a totally different constructed bullet

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    Quote Originally Posted by see it shoot it View Post
    if I was you I wouldn't listen to what others say until you have tried them yourself,accuracy kills,velocity causes meat damage.I know for a fact how your rifle performs so get out there and knock something over.
    do not confuse hunting BT with varmint BT there a totally different constructed bullet
    Thank you for your advice but with respect, I am not talking about how my rifle performs nor am I suggesting I haven't used it to knock over any deer yet. I have used it and it is a brilliant rifle in every respect and I have no complaints what-so-ever. I have complete confidence in it.

    My question was quite simply - what other alternative bullets are there to the Nosler BT's. If I wish to experiment that is my choice, I am only asking for advice from people on what they have found to have worked for them.

    Regarding the person who told me of their experience with Nosler BT's on Fallow, the guy is a regular on SD as well as working in the trade, plus he also shoots the same round as me. I fully appreciate some people may mistake the Nosler BT as a Varmint round but not in this case, hence my original question.

    I will using my present load, which is far from hot, to try out on the Fallow soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roelander View Post
    Thank you for your advice but with respect, I am not talking about how my rifle performs nor am I suggesting I haven't used it to knock over any deer yet. I have used it and it is a brilliant rifle in every respect and I have no complaints what-so-ever. I have complete confidence in it.

    My question was quite simply - what other alternative bullets are there to the Nosler BT's. If I wish to experiment that is my choice, I am only asking for advice from people on what they have found to have worked for them.

    Regarding the person who told me of their experience with Nosler BT's on Fallow, the guy is a regular on SD as well as working in the trade, plus he also shoots the same round as me. I fully appreciate some people may mistake the Nosler BT as a Varmint round but not in this case, hence my original question.

    I will using my present load, which is far from hot, to try out on the Fallow soon.
    nothing wrong with testing different bullets,but what you have has been tested and performs well as you say you have complete confidence in it,as to who told you they don't work is a very good friend of mine.
    I know the load is far from hot "I developed it to shoot 1/4 MOA"

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