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7 Mag for Antelope

  I'm hopefully going to Wyoming this fall for antelope and am planning on useing my 7mm Rem mag. What I'm wondering is what factory loads should I use for practice and hunting. I'm thinking an antelope out to about 300 yards is going to be my comfort zone. I just am not sure what grain and type of bullet will give me the quick kill on a thin skinned animal. I've hunted mule deer before with the 175 gr SP but never used the 7 mag for antelope. I do not reload and will be useing factory loads. Any ideas where to start with ammo? 

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When you don't reload you

When you don't reload you kind of limit yourself to what you can find in either a catalog or over the counter.  Depending on your rifle you can try some of the 140 grain loaded rounds from Federal, Remington, even Barnes.  If your rifle doesn't shoot any of the 140's accuraly then step up to a 150 grain bullet.  I reloaded a 120 grain Barnes TTSX bullet last year and while it did it's job and the accuracy was good out to 400 yards I didn't do my part and miss judged a antelope and just scared him.   

Antelope are not a hard animal to kill, they are just tough to hit. 

Midway 7mm loads

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Antelope with the 7 mm Rem mag

Like Critter posted, antelope aren't hard to kill, but they do like open country and shots could be long. You'll want the most accurate load that your rifle will shoot. I'd reccomend practicing with the same bullet that you'll be hunting with. Standard cup and core bullets work fine as long as they are accurate. You don't need premium bullets for antelope.

For the past 30+ years my favorite deer and antelope rifle has been my .257 Ackley shooting 115-120 gr bullets. The last few years I've used 115 gr Nosler Ballistic tip bullets. I've only shot a couple antelope with my 7 mm Rem mag, and I used 140 gr Ballistic tip bullets in it.

Here's my buck from last year. He's only about twice the size as my Golden. Three times I stalked to within 100 yds of the herd that this buck was in, and each time my furry partner spooked them. I finally went around a hill and let them feed in front of us...Tenderloins for dinner!!

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Antelope with 7 mm Rem Mag

Nice looking lope and furry friend. Maybe I'll start with the 140 gr. Ballistic tips and see how they group.

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Like Critter said, anything

Like Critter said, anything will work. 140's would be great but I've used 160TSX the last few years as that what my rifle shoots well and I don't like changing my settings between hunts. From antelope to elk it works for all of them.

Never used anything as heavy as 175 before.

More importantly be able to judge your distance well. A good range finder is vrey handy.

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I used a 7mm on 3 last year

I shot three antelope with the 7 mag last year.  I used handloads with 150 grain Ballistic Tips.  Winchester duplicates this load in their Ballistic Silvertip.  While nearly any bullet will do, the 150 slows things down just a little bit compared to a 140 and uses a heavier jacket.  From the 7mag, I think this is a good option.

Anyway, 100 yard headshot:

200 yard shoulder/neck junction:

300 and some change right behind the shoulder:

All bullets exited

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Good luck on your hunt. As

Good luck on your hunt.

As with any rifle. Use the bullet that shoots best out of that rifle. Weight isn't the concern.

If your rifle likes the 175's best, then use them and learn how they fly. Granted that is a large bullet for that caliber. I don't know if you've ever tried anything smaller but, as what was said in earlier posts. The 140gr or 150-154gr would be a better all around weight.

You won't gain very much in point blank range by going to a lighter bullet but, you may find it easier to find a good soft point for the lighter game.

One thing thing about antelope country is it's windy. The heavier the bullet. The greater chance of beating the wind. Hornady, Sierra, Speer and Nosler all make good soft point bullets that would work well for antelope and other light skinned game.

The 7 mag will be a good round for Antelope. Most bullets made for that round have excellent ballistic coefficients and sectional density. They will fly very well.

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My plan is to use my .300 Win

My plan is to use my .300 Win Mag on antelope if I get it back in time from the Gunsmith.

I plan to spend the summer finding what bullet the rifle likes. I'm in hopes it's at least 180 grain loads as I want one rifle/bullet combo for all game in North America that I care to hunt with that rifle. I also will have a 25-06 as a "back-up".

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That's the thing about

That's the thing about antelope hunts, everyone thinks that they need a smoking fast small caliber round to reach out and take them.  The two that I have shot and both been taken within 200 yards with a 7mm Remington.  Granted I was shooting hand loads but a factory round would of worked quite well.  I also know hunters that have taken them with .338 magnums with no problems at all. 

The big thing is that no matter what you are shooting you need to know the bullet drop or trajectory of the round that you are shooting.  A antelope is smaller than a mule deer and the range that you shoot them at can be quite long.  So if you are familiar with what your rifle is shooting then there really isn't any need to change, but a little bit of practice out to 400 yards would be highly recommended. 

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7mag

I think a 7mm Mag is great for antelope.  It shoots flat in the 140 grain bullets.  I think some of the heavy bullets are overkill for pronghorn but these heavier bullets do offer better stability in high winds.  Typically, and depending on the terrain, most pronghorn are going to require shots out to 250yrds-400yrds.  They can be taken closer and I have done so. As others have said, pronghorn are not difficult to kill.  Most common cartridge for them is a .25-06.  I use a .270 Win when I hunt them and it's works great on the few I've taken over the years.  I have a buddy who uses a .22-250 on them with quick humane kills, but he hunts them in another state where that caliber is legal for medium biggame.

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All of the goats I've shot,

All of the goats I've shot, with one exception, have been with my Ruger M77 in 25-06 with handloaded Hornady 117 grain BTSPs.  The one other that I shot was with a .243 Mauser a buddy had along on a hunt back in 2003.  This year my go to rifle for goats will be my Sako .243 with handloaded 100 grain Hornady BTSPs, with the 25-06 as a backup for real windy days.  I just put a 4-12x40 Leupold on it the other day and will start working up a good load for it.

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