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I'm still trying to achieve the best level of performance from my 7mm-08, and my question this time is, "What is your favorite bullet, specifically for performance on whitetails? What puts them down the best?" I'd like to stay away from ballistic tip bullets because of meat damage. The Accubond by Nosler is accurate, but doesn't seem to give me good expansion---seems to be designed for heavier game. Looking for information and opinions.

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from country road wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

Sorry, I forgot to specify "---bullet for that particular cartridge."

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from MarylandHunter wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

Reminton core-lokt ammo is very good and can be shot to 1 inch groups. Spire points in 150 grain are good or you can always use the trusted accurrate boat tail bullets. Finally you could resort to handloading so you can really have accurate, customized ammo. Good luck

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

country road

The only thing I ever killed whitetails with my .308 (closest thing to a 7-08 that I have) was with 165 grain Trophy Bonded Bear Claws and Speer Grand Slam 150 and 165 gr back when Speer made the Nitrex brand of loaded ammo. I still think the Speer Grand Slam and the Speer Hot-Cor SP would be a good choice. Since Mule deer are no different to kill, I highly recommend the Barnes Triple Shock in a 140 grain for 7mm. I shoot a 150 gr Tipped Triple Shock in my 7mm Weatherby for deer or elk, but honestly have not shot at a deer with that load. A 165 gr TSX in .30-06 puts them right down.

A friend of mine's daughter has used 140 gr Core-Lokts with great success.

I think Beekeeper could give you a better recommendation since he and his wife use 7mm-08 for deer.

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from country road wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

Yes, I remember Beekeeper reporting that he and his wife had gotten deer with that rifle this year. How about it, Beekeeper?

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from 99explorer wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

My brother-in-law shoots 139 grain Hornady Light Magnums in his 7mm-08, and it seems to kill deer like a thunderbolt.
I personally think the issue of meat damage is secondary to one-shot quick kills.

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from matt wasson wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

it seems certain guns like cetain types of ammo, one guns loves the federals the other likes the hornadays and the other loves the remingtons, I had fun at the range figureing this all out! My bro and I split the cost and did some shooting! too much fun!

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from sgaredneck wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

Country Road,
I'm glad you are posing this question because I have been using BT's for as long as I've been handloading and I'd love to find something less destructive that would fly as good as they do. I have tinkered with some of the Barnes stuff but not enough to get swayed away from the Nosler Ballistic tip. I've admitted tearing up meat on here and now I am wondering how much meat I have lost over the past with them. Should I be using something else?

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from country road wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

sgaredneck

Thanks for weighing in. I shot one deer, a doe, this season with the 120gr Barnes TSX and it did a good job, but the shot was through both shoulders and I don't know how much part the bone had to do with the expansion I got. There was not as much meat damage as I would have expected, which leads me to wonder how much internal damage would have been done with a lung shot with only chest tissue or maybe a rib involved. I'm really leaning to trying the Hornady 139gr BTSP, since that bullet has been doing a fine job for me in .270. The reason I was loading the Nosler and Barnes bullets was because I was having an accuracy issue with the 7mm-08 and was trying to get the most accurate bullets around. I may have to go to the ballistic tips, but I've used them before and there were a lot of shoulders that ended up in the gut bucket. I was hoping to get some suggestions from experienced folks because trying all the different bullets and powders is getting expensive and with the economy the way it is, there isn't nearly as much disposable income lying around my house as I'd like. Oh, the joys of working for yourself. (Cue violins.) Good hunting to you.

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from BigBboy25 wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

Well I'd say a Nosler Ballistic tip but seeings you want to stay away from "meat damaging" bullets I'd look at sierra gamekings or nosler partitions.

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from AlaskanExile wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

I shoot 160 Grain Barnes TSX bullets in my 7mm Remington Mag. Great for deer, hits, expands, goes right through, stops deer fast. 140's would be good too in your 7mm-08. Some rifles won't shoot them accurately, but so far I've been lucky and and they work in everything I've tried.
AKX

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from Sarge01 wrote 4 years 14 weeks ago

I shot 139 Grain Hornady SST's in my 7MM-08. The plastic tip on this bullet is for getting through the air. Underneath is a Hornady interlock bullet. Seemed to work well for me.

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from alabamariverman wrote 4 years 14 weeks ago

Have had excellent results with 140 gr Berger VLD's in a .260 Remington but have not loaded these in a 7mm 08

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from MarylandHunter wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

Reminton core-lokt ammo is very good and can be shot to 1 inch groups. Spire points in 150 grain are good or you can always use the trusted accurrate boat tail bullets. Finally you could resort to handloading so you can really have accurate, customized ammo. Good luck

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

country road

The only thing I ever killed whitetails with my .308 (closest thing to a 7-08 that I have) was with 165 grain Trophy Bonded Bear Claws and Speer Grand Slam 150 and 165 gr back when Speer made the Nitrex brand of loaded ammo. I still think the Speer Grand Slam and the Speer Hot-Cor SP would be a good choice. Since Mule deer are no different to kill, I highly recommend the Barnes Triple Shock in a 140 grain for 7mm. I shoot a 150 gr Tipped Triple Shock in my 7mm Weatherby for deer or elk, but honestly have not shot at a deer with that load. A 165 gr TSX in .30-06 puts them right down.

A friend of mine's daughter has used 140 gr Core-Lokts with great success.

I think Beekeeper could give you a better recommendation since he and his wife use 7mm-08 for deer.

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from country road wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

sgaredneck

Thanks for weighing in. I shot one deer, a doe, this season with the 120gr Barnes TSX and it did a good job, but the shot was through both shoulders and I don't know how much part the bone had to do with the expansion I got. There was not as much meat damage as I would have expected, which leads me to wonder how much internal damage would have been done with a lung shot with only chest tissue or maybe a rib involved. I'm really leaning to trying the Hornady 139gr BTSP, since that bullet has been doing a fine job for me in .270. The reason I was loading the Nosler and Barnes bullets was because I was having an accuracy issue with the 7mm-08 and was trying to get the most accurate bullets around. I may have to go to the ballistic tips, but I've used them before and there were a lot of shoulders that ended up in the gut bucket. I was hoping to get some suggestions from experienced folks because trying all the different bullets and powders is getting expensive and with the economy the way it is, there isn't nearly as much disposable income lying around my house as I'd like. Oh, the joys of working for yourself. (Cue violins.) Good hunting to you.

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from Sarge01 wrote 4 years 14 weeks ago

I shot 139 Grain Hornady SST's in my 7MM-08. The plastic tip on this bullet is for getting through the air. Underneath is a Hornady interlock bullet. Seemed to work well for me.

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from sgaredneck wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

Country Road,
I'm glad you are posing this question because I have been using BT's for as long as I've been handloading and I'd love to find something less destructive that would fly as good as they do. I have tinkered with some of the Barnes stuff but not enough to get swayed away from the Nosler Ballistic tip. I've admitted tearing up meat on here and now I am wondering how much meat I have lost over the past with them. Should I be using something else?

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from AlaskanExile wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

I shoot 160 Grain Barnes TSX bullets in my 7mm Remington Mag. Great for deer, hits, expands, goes right through, stops deer fast. 140's would be good too in your 7mm-08. Some rifles won't shoot them accurately, but so far I've been lucky and and they work in everything I've tried.
AKX

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from country road wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

Sorry, I forgot to specify "---bullet for that particular cartridge."

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from country road wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

Yes, I remember Beekeeper reporting that he and his wife had gotten deer with that rifle this year. How about it, Beekeeper?

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from 99explorer wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

My brother-in-law shoots 139 grain Hornady Light Magnums in his 7mm-08, and it seems to kill deer like a thunderbolt.
I personally think the issue of meat damage is secondary to one-shot quick kills.

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from matt wasson wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

it seems certain guns like cetain types of ammo, one guns loves the federals the other likes the hornadays and the other loves the remingtons, I had fun at the range figureing this all out! My bro and I split the cost and did some shooting! too much fun!

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from BigBboy25 wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

Well I'd say a Nosler Ballistic tip but seeings you want to stay away from "meat damaging" bullets I'd look at sierra gamekings or nosler partitions.

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from alabamariverman wrote 4 years 14 weeks ago

Have had excellent results with 140 gr Berger VLD's in a .260 Remington but have not loaded these in a 7mm 08

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