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Old 01-13-2022, 03:39 PM
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Any tips for reloading 7mm-08 light?



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Picked up a nice second hand Steyr Hunter model in 7mm-08 recently. Intended for my wife to use while sharing a deer stand with me. Will have it fitted to her, and I plan to load rounds on the light side for her use. Here’s what I have for ingredients, load suggestions welcomed.

IMR 4350
CCI Lg rifle primers
Sierra 120 prohunter/140 game king bullets
Norma brass


I already reload for my 284’s, just need to pick up a set of 7mm-08 dies.
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Old 01-13-2022, 04:21 PM
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Light loads

I have no experience with the 7-08, but I used Varget to load down a 308 win for silhouette shooting. It worked very well for me for years .I still have an almost full jug of it. Too bad you donít live closer as since I sold my 308 I have no use for it any more.
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Old 01-13-2022, 04:24 PM
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Since you have already selected the components, the best bet now is to go to the loading manuals.

Sorry to be 'that guy', but I'd much rather consult printed loading manuals rather than use powder charges submitted online from others.
I have seen typographic errors occur on the forums that have indicated inappropriate charges.

The other thing is that I do not trust my fine rifles to reloading data from other individuals, without /much/ vetting beforehand.

With regards to true light / reduced loads, I have worked out a few outstanding reduced loads for .223Rem (for example), that ranges from slightly below 222Rem all the way down to 17HMR performance - with outstanding accuracy & minimal report.
I have learned that retaining excellent accuracy while reducing velocities do tend to require different powders than standard loads, however.

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4895 is one of the best in 308. I tried some old 4350 in a 243. Mehhh, the 4895 did just as well. I would suggest a heavy loading with 140 grain bullets or heavier. You may need 160s to get any kind of good results with 4350. I'm sure you can pack the case full and probably not reach a max load. I would suggest you pick up some 4895 for the 120s.
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Old 01-13-2022, 04:29 PM
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Lightest loads with that powder would be 42 grains for the 120s (2500 fps) and 39.5 grains for the 140s (2400 fps). Those velocities are out of a 24 inch barrel with 1:9 twist. Very mild recoil and the minimum I would suggest for a hunting load.
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stevespage is suggesting AA2460 @ 36grains and IMR4350 @ 46grains.

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If you have any flexibility in components and the ranges are modest, have you thought about going to a flat-note bullet appropriate for a 7mm Waters ?

That sort of bullet should perform admirably in deer-sized game, even at /significantly/ lower velocities compared to a typical 7mm-08.
And the flat-nose bullets are a better killer than the ballistics charts indicate, as long as ranges are modest.
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Old 01-14-2022, 11:22 AM
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I hadnít considered round or flat nosed bullets, but I will. Ranges are expected to be modest. Also, as mentioned above, I would not strictly go off a reloading recipe that I drew off the internet alone. Rather my request for opinions on a reduced charge loan would be factored in with data from manuals. Going strictly from the manuals sometimes leaves unanswered questions about load practical performance.
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Old 01-14-2022, 01:00 PM
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BTW, the numbers I gave you are from the Sierra Manual. Otherwise, I do not give specific recipes on an internet site.
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7-08

IMR4350 was one of Ken Waters preferred powders for the 7-08. I've had luck with 45grs IMR4350 /140 gr Nosler Ballistic Tip. in my niece's Vanguard 7-08.
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