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Thread: .243 rebarrel. 7mm08?

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    .243 rebarrel. 7mm08?

    I'm considering rebarreling my Sako 85 .243 Win in 7mm08 so that I have one rifle that is legal for all species of Deer and also Boar throughout the UK. Also hoping to shoot in France in the near future and 7mm08 seems to be legal there for Boar?

    I'm thinking of using 120gr Nosler BTs for Fox and head/neck shooting Deer and then using 140/150gr Nosler Partitions or Accubonds for Boar. Is anyone else shooting similar loads for these applications? This also brings me onto my next question.

    What twist rate/barrel length will be best suited to this range of bullets? Going by the latest Nosler reloading manual they list a 1:9 as being able to handle everything from 120gr - 175gr, but with a 26" barrel. Ideally looking for a barrel no longer that 24" as will have a 5" mod for UK use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jax View Post
    Also hoping to shoot in France in the near future and 7mm08 seems to be legal there for Boar?
    You don't need to worry about the calibre restriction in France anymore, it's over since last September. Now that said, 7mm-08 is lovely, and will do for boar, although it isn't ideal.

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    Not there is anything wrong with 7mm-08 but have you thought about re-barrelling to .308w instead. Ammunition and reloading components are more freely available with a wider selection, and it will be easier to sell a .308w any time should you decide to move it on. As PM says there is no longer a restriction on using .308w in France for hunting.
    It's the calibre of the shooter that counts not the calibre of the rifle.

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    Thanks for the replies. I probably should have said I mainly shoot foxes and the smaller species of deer, but also have land with Reds. I will mostly likely only shoot Boar a few times a year so don't necessarily need a more boar orientated calibre if you get my drift. I was considering the 7mm08 as the ballistics seem good and the calibre won't put off some land owners that I shoot for (even though it's almost a .308), but at the same the 7mm08 covers me for everything in the UK and further afield. At this point in time I don't particularly want two centre fire rifles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jax View Post
    I'm considering rebarreling my Sako 85 .243 Win in 7mm08 so that I have one rifle that is legal for all species of Deer and also Boar throughout the UK. Also hoping to shoot in France in the near future and 7mm08 seems to be legal there for Boar?

    I'm thinking of using 120gr Nosler BTs for Fox and head/neck shooting Deer and then using 140/150gr Nosler Partitions or Accubonds for Boar. Is anyone else shooting similar loads for these applications? This also brings me onto my next question.

    What twist rate/barrel length will be best suited to this range of bullets? Going by the latest Nosler reloading manual they list a 1:9 as being able to handle everything from 120gr - 175gr, but with a 26" barrel. Ideally looking for a barrel no longer that 24" as will have a 5" mod for UK use.
    I have barrels and reamers for both if you decide to go either way.

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    had my .243 rebarreled in 7mm08, i shoot nosler 120g ballistic tips and they worck just perfect!

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    The 7mm-08's popularity here seems to be snowballing a bit of late...

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    Just for interest I'm planning a similar move but had in mind a 6.5mm barrel i.e. .260Rem. I've no idea what the situation is in France with that caliber (but will no doubt find out shortly!) but for those bullet sizes and other applications you've mentioned it could be worth considering......?

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    The whole calibre restriction thing in France is over. They recently clarified some initial uncertainties and essentially you can now use any calibre you want for hunting. Local associations can place further restrictions in terms of minimum calibres for example, but that's a separate matter. 6.5x57 is quite popular in France, although until last September, 6.5x54MS and 6.5x55 Swedish were banned. I don't think they'll catch on much now because they don't have very much more to offer. It does look like .30-06 and 8x57IS are going places though.

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    7mm-08 and just use 140gr SP as it's a great all-rounder. They turn a fox inside out, mind you so did the 150g I used the other day!

    If you re-load and really keen on a fox round there's always the Sierra 100gr HP. Also if you wanted a heavier bullet 160gr works well in the 7mm-08 and I run them at 2,609 ft/s and 2,419 ft/lbs from a 22" barrel (a 24" barrel may give approx 2.659 ft/sec and 2,512 ft/lbs for the same load).

    Why not just use a 140gr SPBT for deer and fox and something heavier for boar? Personally I think all these BT's, SST's, Accubond, Molycoated sound suppressing supersonic heat seeking bullets overrated and overpriced for our deer when the good old soft point of correct weight will do the job equally well if not better!

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