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What is the best deer rifle between a 7mm, a 7mm-08, and a 308? And what is the difference between the 7mm and the 7mm-08? Whats your opinion on each of them?

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from Sarge01 wrote 2 years 20 weeks ago

Your question is confusing. The 7MM includes the 7MM Mauser, the 7MM-08, the 7MM Rem Mag, the .280(which people fail to class as a 7MM) and other 7MM's. I prefer the 308 for bullet selection but the 7MM-08 and the .308 are so close to each other it really dosen't matter. The 7MM is a .28 caliber and the .308 is a .30 caliber so for your information the difference between the two is 2 thousandths.

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from country road wrote 2 years 20 weeks ago

Sarge01 summed it up pretty well. I own both a 7mm Rem. Mag. and a 7mm-08. I prefer the 08 because it kicks less and although I've killed dozens of deer with the Mag., I think it's more gun than is needed unless you are taking really long shots. Afer all, how dead can you kill a deer? I've never used the .308, but everyone says that it's just fine. Good hunting.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 2 years 20 weeks ago

I hunted everything in the West with a .308 Winchester until those deer and elk started wearing body armor and I found that I needed to up-gun!

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from Beekeeper wrote 2 years 20 weeks ago

Good descriptions all above!

If you are not a handloader the .308 is probably the finest over the counter "Deer" gun there is. Ammo selection is sterling and almost a wide as that for the .30/06.

If you handload the 7mm-08 is a dandy deer gun and covers a broad spectrum of hunting from varmints to game up to Elk. It can be loaded with a wide range of bullets from less than 100 grains to 175 grains.
I find the round at its best for deer loaded with 140 grain bullets. If you are recoil sensitive a good handload with the 120 grain Barnes TTSX will handle any deer you come across.

All together the 7mm-08 is mild of recoil and effective as far as anyone has any business shooting a big game animal.

Another interesting big game 7mm is the .280 Remington Ackley Improved, aka the .280 AI. It will get really close to 7mm Remington performance with less recoil and muzzleblast and noted for its accuracy.

7mm rounds are typically noted for accuracy and mild to moderate recoil.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 2 years 20 weeks ago

Not to sound mean or anything, but if your experience level prompts you to ask the question, a good question BTW, I would stick to the .308 Win unless you are a handloader. But there are several good factory loads for deer with the 7mm-08, too.

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from fliphuntr14 wrote 2 years 20 weeks ago

i hunt with a 7mm-08 and i have used a 7mm mag both very nice guns and are good deer rifles, i think the mag is a bit more an all around big game gun. i use remington corelok bullets.

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from WhitetailHunter706 wrote 2 years 20 weeks ago

.308 is a great gun i have 3 and love to shoot them when i can esspecially for someone looking to start,...as it sounds you are!
Good luck and Good Hunting

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from Sarge01 wrote 2 years 20 weeks ago

I hunted with my 300WSM and my .280 this season and killed my buck with my .280 shooting 139 grain Hornady SST's. I usually have some kind of 7MM around. I had a .308 Tikka T3 Lite but gave it to my Grandson. It was a find gun and caliber.

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from country road wrote 2 years 20 weeks ago

Bee---That's a definite affirmative on the 120 gr. Barnes TTSX. It will put a deer flat on the ground without even making much noise.

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from deerslayer99 wrote 2 years 20 weeks ago

I would prefer 7mm. More power in my opinion

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from RES1956 wrote 2 years 20 weeks ago

Country,
139 gr Hornady Spire points do a great job too. Scoff at Hornady if you will, but that bullet shoots MOA in the three 7mm/08's we have in this house when seated atop 48.5 grs H4350 @ about 2900 fps.
I do think I will try some of the Barnes offerings just for the sake of doing it.

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from country road wrote 2 years 20 weeks ago

Res, I think you'll be well pleased with the way those Barnes bullets perform on game. I got real good accuracy, too, once I found out what load my rifle liked. (43gr. RL15) Good shooting.

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from Sarge01 wrote 2 years 20 weeks ago

I shot the 139 Hornady SST's in my .280 and everytime to the range if I do my part I get a nice cloverleaf with them. I shot my buck with them and I like the way they perform on game too. I am partial to Hornady bullets because of the success I have had with them both with accuracy and performance on game. The only firearm that didn't really like them and I could only get an 1 1/4 inch group with them was my 300WSM. I had to go to the Nosler Accubond for it.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 2 years 20 weeks ago

RES,

For deer, I think the Hornady Interlock and Interlock SST bullets are proven performers. I have had accuracy issues with Hornady factory ammo with Interbonds in particular, as have several of my Crimson Tide buddies. We all switched rather than fight the issue. I have shot a variety of handloaded Hornady bullets in several calibers with good accuracy, but for a high velocity magnum, I prefer a Barnes TTSX when launched well above 3,000 fps.

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from RES1956 wrote 2 years 20 weeks ago

I am sure that the Barnes bullets do a great job, but after seeing the results of what this bullet has done on various (100+ over the last ten years that the boys and I shot) whitetails, it would be hard to imagine a more perfect whitetail bullet than this one. It works well on 65 pound does and 265 pound bucks, from 5 yards to 385 yards. But different is always fun, if I can get them to shoot in all 3 rifles with the same load. That's the primary reason I have made this load/bullet pretty much standard fare for our hunting. Saw some today at Bass Pro in B'ham., about $35 for 50, in line with Nosler Partitions price wise.

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from Sarge01 wrote 2 years 20 weeks ago

Your question is confusing. The 7MM includes the 7MM Mauser, the 7MM-08, the 7MM Rem Mag, the .280(which people fail to class as a 7MM) and other 7MM's. I prefer the 308 for bullet selection but the 7MM-08 and the .308 are so close to each other it really dosen't matter. The 7MM is a .28 caliber and the .308 is a .30 caliber so for your information the difference between the two is 2 thousandths.

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from Beekeeper wrote 2 years 20 weeks ago

Good descriptions all above!

If you are not a handloader the .308 is probably the finest over the counter "Deer" gun there is. Ammo selection is sterling and almost a wide as that for the .30/06.

If you handload the 7mm-08 is a dandy deer gun and covers a broad spectrum of hunting from varmints to game up to Elk. It can be loaded with a wide range of bullets from less than 100 grains to 175 grains.
I find the round at its best for deer loaded with 140 grain bullets. If you are recoil sensitive a good handload with the 120 grain Barnes TTSX will handle any deer you come across.

All together the 7mm-08 is mild of recoil and effective as far as anyone has any business shooting a big game animal.

Another interesting big game 7mm is the .280 Remington Ackley Improved, aka the .280 AI. It will get really close to 7mm Remington performance with less recoil and muzzleblast and noted for its accuracy.

7mm rounds are typically noted for accuracy and mild to moderate recoil.

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from fliphuntr14 wrote 2 years 20 weeks ago

i hunt with a 7mm-08 and i have used a 7mm mag both very nice guns and are good deer rifles, i think the mag is a bit more an all around big game gun. i use remington corelok bullets.

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from RES1956 wrote 2 years 20 weeks ago

Country,
139 gr Hornady Spire points do a great job too. Scoff at Hornady if you will, but that bullet shoots MOA in the three 7mm/08's we have in this house when seated atop 48.5 grs H4350 @ about 2900 fps.
I do think I will try some of the Barnes offerings just for the sake of doing it.

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from country road wrote 2 years 20 weeks ago

Sarge01 summed it up pretty well. I own both a 7mm Rem. Mag. and a 7mm-08. I prefer the 08 because it kicks less and although I've killed dozens of deer with the Mag., I think it's more gun than is needed unless you are taking really long shots. Afer all, how dead can you kill a deer? I've never used the .308, but everyone says that it's just fine. Good hunting.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 2 years 20 weeks ago

I hunted everything in the West with a .308 Winchester until those deer and elk started wearing body armor and I found that I needed to up-gun!

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 2 years 20 weeks ago

Not to sound mean or anything, but if your experience level prompts you to ask the question, a good question BTW, I would stick to the .308 Win unless you are a handloader. But there are several good factory loads for deer with the 7mm-08, too.

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from WhitetailHunter706 wrote 2 years 20 weeks ago

.308 is a great gun i have 3 and love to shoot them when i can esspecially for someone looking to start,...as it sounds you are!
Good luck and Good Hunting

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from Sarge01 wrote 2 years 20 weeks ago

I hunted with my 300WSM and my .280 this season and killed my buck with my .280 shooting 139 grain Hornady SST's. I usually have some kind of 7MM around. I had a .308 Tikka T3 Lite but gave it to my Grandson. It was a find gun and caliber.

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from country road wrote 2 years 20 weeks ago

Bee---That's a definite affirmative on the 120 gr. Barnes TTSX. It will put a deer flat on the ground without even making much noise.

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from deerslayer99 wrote 2 years 20 weeks ago

I would prefer 7mm. More power in my opinion

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from country road wrote 2 years 20 weeks ago

Res, I think you'll be well pleased with the way those Barnes bullets perform on game. I got real good accuracy, too, once I found out what load my rifle liked. (43gr. RL15) Good shooting.

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from Sarge01 wrote 2 years 20 weeks ago

I shot the 139 Hornady SST's in my .280 and everytime to the range if I do my part I get a nice cloverleaf with them. I shot my buck with them and I like the way they perform on game too. I am partial to Hornady bullets because of the success I have had with them both with accuracy and performance on game. The only firearm that didn't really like them and I could only get an 1 1/4 inch group with them was my 300WSM. I had to go to the Nosler Accubond for it.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 2 years 20 weeks ago

RES,

For deer, I think the Hornady Interlock and Interlock SST bullets are proven performers. I have had accuracy issues with Hornady factory ammo with Interbonds in particular, as have several of my Crimson Tide buddies. We all switched rather than fight the issue. I have shot a variety of handloaded Hornady bullets in several calibers with good accuracy, but for a high velocity magnum, I prefer a Barnes TTSX when launched well above 3,000 fps.

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from RES1956 wrote 2 years 20 weeks ago

I am sure that the Barnes bullets do a great job, but after seeing the results of what this bullet has done on various (100+ over the last ten years that the boys and I shot) whitetails, it would be hard to imagine a more perfect whitetail bullet than this one. It works well on 65 pound does and 265 pound bucks, from 5 yards to 385 yards. But different is always fun, if I can get them to shoot in all 3 rifles with the same load. That's the primary reason I have made this load/bullet pretty much standard fare for our hunting. Saw some today at Bass Pro in B'ham., about $35 for 50, in line with Nosler Partitions price wise.

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