7mm 08

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7mm 08

Postby DiscoDuck » Mon Jan 28, 2008 11:42 am

Have any of you guys or gals done any varminting with the 7mm 08? I notice that Remington is making a lighter varmint load, and there are probably a few others out there too. I want to pick up a 7mm08 so I can start taking my oldest daughter out for deer. But I'd like to be able to chase coyotes too. Any thoughts?
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Postby bgoldhunter » Fri Feb 01, 2008 12:23 am

I wouldn't see a problem with that at all. The 7-08 would make a nice first deer rifle, and has plenty of ammo available for it.

If the lighter loads don't shoot well, I wouldn't hesitate to use a heavier load for coyotes. Anything you shoot isn't going to be that fur friendly anyway...
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Postby orangefoot » Fri Feb 15, 2008 6:57 pm

7mm-08 is an awsome deer rifle!! :thumbsup:
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Postby jrockncash » Mon Mar 10, 2008 3:16 am

Good deer load, and should smack the hell out of a yote. Good luck post up if she whacks one.
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Postby Preacher1011 » Mon Mar 10, 2008 11:48 am

Personally, I'd go with a .243. Not much kick and it's a good predator and deer gun. I just have this thing for guns in metric, not much of a fan. All of my girl cousins started out with a .243 and all killed their first deer with it. As long as you use the right load it won't damage yote pelts either. The same can be said for the .30/06 too though, but that's a little big for you're daughter I think. :smile:
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Postby don taylor » Mon Mar 17, 2008 10:08 am

The 7mm-08 shoots like and kicks like a .308. Guns and ammo's Craig Boddington's daughter Brittany and Kimber lee miller Used 7mm-08's to hunt 800lb zebras in a article I just read in a old issue. Great caliber. I'd get a .243. but that's just me. Bullets selection in 7mm-08 is terrible unless you handload. Have fun finding anything except remington core loks in deer size weights. In .243 you start at 57 gr and go to over 100 gr. Lots less recoil too.
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Postby cjg » Wed Dec 17, 2008 11:18 pm

I hunted quite a few years with a Winchester Feather Weight Classic in 7mm08 and while I shot several deer, a few coyotes and a bear with it I was never impressed with it's killing power or accuracy. I have since gone back to a 30-06 for deer hunting and use a 22-250 for daytime varmints and a shotgun with #4 buck at night.
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Postby firemedic » Mon Jan 12, 2009 9:15 am

I agree with the .243 first, But i would start with the 55gr. ballistic tip, I also shoot the 7mm-.08 with a ballistic tip for deer, I hand load for all my guns and both have done well for deer and coyote. The last 'Yote' I killed with the 7mm-.08 never even flinched when she got hit. Muahhahahahaha !!!!! I sighted in the 55 gr .243 2" high @ 100 yds and the deer rounds still hit 1/2" bull @ 100. Good durable caliber. Good Luck
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Re: 7mm 08

Postby ctrfire » Fri Mar 27, 2009 5:21 pm

In all my years deer hunting the 7mm-08 has been my absolute favorite cartridge! Minimal recoil and for devistating power if used at reasonable ranges, say out to 250 yds. I know here in eastern Kansas shots for me beyond 300 yds are very uncommon. I have never had a deer that I hit with my 7-08's run more than 25yds and most just dropped in their tracks. I love the 7-08!
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Re: 7mm 08

Postby bgoldhunter » Sun Mar 29, 2009 12:00 am

Preacher, I just read your post....just think of 7mm as a .284 and you should be just fine. Missing a lot not shooting anything in that caliber.

However, I can't argue against a .243 either...
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