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Thread: Tikka T3 7mm-08 work out

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    Tikka T3 7mm-08 work out

    I finally had some time off on a nice, sunny day with now wind, and got out with the T3 Lite in 7mm-08 which replaced my T3 SS .30-06 ( a very accurate rifle ). I had shot this 7mm-08 with a target scope at 12x, and the factory 140-gr Rem Core Lock and Winchester shot all 5 overlapping. So did the Hornady 139-gr.

    My plan was to mount a Burris Fullfield E1 or FFII ballistic plex, both of them 2-7x35mm, to keep it light.
    Before I did that, I decided to try even lighter, a Hawke 4x32 Mil Dot like the one on my .22 LR.
    Same small groups, shooting 2 of each brand into a 6-shot group of 0.85 inches.

    I shot with the dots to see what the actual MOA was at 100 yards, then moved the zero to +1.5 inches at 100 yards. No use shooting any handloads or heavier bullets, yet, as I may still put on one of the Burris scopes. But right now, I am taking it deer hunting in some very rugged mountains, where I can look at some long distances, use it at dawn and dusk, and see how it does plinking into a hillside at 200 and 300 yards with the dots on my friend's 600 yard range behind his cabin.

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    I've only ever used a 6.5x 55 and whilst I'm happy with it, I do get tempted by the 7mm-08. Good ballistics and soft on the shoulder. Let us know how it groups at 300.

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    Glad you got out, Amigo. Sounds like a good shooter.
    I am off with mine into the high country tomorrow morning. In this place the 150 grain Sierras win the pole position. Big deer! ~Muir

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    Yes, I wish I could still get the 150-gr Core Lokt bullets to load for my 7mm-08, 7x57R, 7x64, and .280 Remington. The 150-gr Rem ammo shoots so well in my .280. The first box of 150-gr Sierras I spy, I will grab up. But I really like the 154-gr Hornady line.

    My .30-06 was almost a free floating barrel, to about 2 inches ahead of the receiver. This 7mm-08 is bedded about 3/4 of the way, opening up the last 2.5 inches. Makes me wonder what they intended on each rifle. Well, they both shoot, and if I get this to shoot like that .30-06 shoots, I will be a happy camper.

    It was beautiful out hunting today and yesterday, but the foliage is still thick on the trees, in brilliant color. Where I was hunting, in the mountains in a river gorge, there was 16 inches of snow the week before, with the leaves still in brilliant color on the trees. Today, it was 31, then up to 61.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Southern View Post
    Yes, I wish I could still get the 150-gr Core Lokt bullets to load for my 7mm-08, 7x57R, 7x64, and .280 Remington. The 150-gr Rem ammo shoots so well in my .280. The first box of 150-gr Sierras I spy, I will grab up. But I really like the 154-gr Hornady line.

    My .30-06 was almost a free floating barrel, to about 2 inches ahead of the receiver. This 7mm-08 is bedded about 3/4 of the way, opening up the last 2.5 inches. Makes me wonder what they intended on each rifle. Well, they both shoot, and if I get this to shoot like that .30-06 shoots, I will be a happy camper.

    It was beautiful out hunting today and yesterday, but the foliage is still thick on the trees, in brilliant color. Where I was hunting, in the mountains in a river gorge, there was 16 inches of snow the week before, with the leaves still in brilliant color on the trees. Today, it was 31, then up to 61.
    I woke up to 13 F degees and snow. High of +8F tomorrow with a low of -5F. Good day to hunt!
    ~Muir

    Let me know if you need any Sierra 150 GKs, I have 2000 of them, I think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Muir View Post
    I woke up to 13 F degees and snow. High of +8F tomorrow with a low of -5F. Good day to hunt!
    ~Muir

    Let me know if you need any Sierra 150 GKs, I have 2000 of them, I think.
    Well I might as well join in! Off in ten minutes with my 7mm-08 and 140gr SGK to find some Red deer. Back later. . .

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    Quote Originally Posted by The deer man View Post
    Well I might as well join in! Off in ten minutes with my 7mm-08 and 140gr SGK to find some Red deer. Back later. . .
    . . . well two days later and after having seen a number of Red deer with this years young and no singletons I left them, for a month or two. However ended today shooting over a friends stalking with my first Chinese Water Deer and this isn't for the dealer - we're going to eat it!

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    Didn't realize you had Chinese Water Deer there. Very cool. Any photos?

    Here is where I was hunting on Saturday, in North Carolina, near the Tennessee border. This is about 1,900 feet elevation.
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    I went upstream a mile from the river photos, where I was about 300 feet above the river, with about 350 feet of slope above me.
    The foliage is too thick to show the river below, but this is a trail at the "flattest" section, about 45 degrees, sloping up to my left, about 75 degrees down to my right. I am having to walk on a well worn animal trail. So the strategy here is to still hunt, moving slowly, and looking for game above and below, then finding a good spot where I can watch a big area, glass for tracks in the sand, and wait for a deer, boar, or bear, which are all out today.

    Last week, there was 16 inches of snow here. This his 62 degrees. High tomorrow is 27.
    Thiese mountains are about 1 billion years old, once were like the Himalayas, now 2,700 to 6,000 feet. Volcanic activity about 800 million years ago, covered by two glaciers. The last Ice Age did nor reach them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Southern View Post
    Didn't realize you had Chinese Water Deer there. Very cool. Any photos?

    Here is where I was hunting on Saturday, in North Carolina, near the Tennessee border. This is about 1,900 feet elevation.
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    Great country!
    Like an idiot I never took a pic. Apart from these of the two (friend got the other) CWD and a Red hind I got this morning now hanging in my chiller. I don't see CWD over my area so was quite surprised as to how big they were, 33 lbs and 35 lbs, the hind was 182 lbs, larder weight
    Unfortunately I boiled the tusk out last night, went for a bath and forgot about it! You guessed, a black pan, upset wife but worse a blackened and scorched tusk!

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    Ever seen "Deliverance" ? Take care.....great photos.
    Those who can, do it. Those who can't, teach it.

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