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Location: Seattle, WA
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Anybody ahve any good recipes for squeezing as much out of the 7mm-08 as possible?/ I hunt open country and need 300 yard capacity. What's some good flat deer medicine??/ and don't say "a magnum".

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an ultra mag Yes

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A good dose of H-4350 should get the 140 grain bullet scooting along pretty good. Plenty enough for 300-yard shooting at deer. Performance falls off rapidly with rising bullet weight due to the short case.

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Location: Seattle, WA
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Is H4350 the same powder as IMR4350? I just loaded some 140 Grain nosler BT's with 44 garins of H4350. Got the recipe out of the nosler manual but later realized the manual called for IMR 4350 not H4350

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STOP RIGHT NOW !!!!
Don't use the reloads until YOU personaly check a manuel to see if it is a recommended safe load. IMR powder(improved military rifle) and H(Hodgson) are very close but a hell of a time to realize you were wrong when you got a rifle bolt sticking out of your forehead.
You could simply use a bulltet puller to remove bullet and reload again.

Sorry, didn't mean to shout!!

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Location: Seattle, WA
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I called Hogdon and they said I will be fine. I loaded them with 44 grains of H4350 and their published minimum for that podwer with the 7mm-08 140 grain bullet is 45 grains - so I'm below minimum. Minimum for IMR4350 is 42 grains. Max for H4350 is 48 grains. Max for IMR4350 is 46 grains. I should get about 2632Fps with these. H4350 45 grains is listed at 2692 according to Hogdons technical people. Now, would I have loaded it below minimum had I known? I doubt it. But its only by one grain.

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Location: Antelope, Ore
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Well most anything you load, if it's a reasonable load will work well to 300 yds. The question is do YOU work well to 300 yds?

Next question is do you have a cronograph? When you start on the path your on you really should have a better understanding of ballistics. First off, unless you have a cronoghaph, you'll never really know what velocity your getting, hell few factory cartridges come up to claims! Then the velocity is a determining factor in two things; retained energy and trajectory.

I'ed strongly suggest using the manual writter's recomendation on load developement that being starting at least 10% below max listed load and working up watching for pressure signs. You said that you were told that 44grs of H4350 was fine because 45gr was max. Your starting point should be 40.5 grs. Your are working with somewhere around 50,000 pounds of chamber pressure. Ever seen an action that blew up?

Conclusion, find a good shooting load using the bullet of your choice in your 7mm-08 and learn to shoot it at the range's you really think you need to be at!

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Location: Seattle, WA
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No-I f I did say that what i meant was 24 grains was the minimum and 48 grains was the MAx. I'm new, but not that new but thank you very much for the reply

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sorry-45 grains min 48 grains max

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I like Varget myself. I always got very good accuracy and good speed. Good luck Thumbs up

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Although I don't reload for a 7-08 I do reload for a .308 and I found Varget to be the best I have found. It costs a bit more but it is worth it.

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