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7mm remington magnum loads

I am currently hunting with and shooting a 160gr tsx in my rifle. This is factory loaded Federal and what I plan to hunt elk with this fall.

My question is if there is a better all around load for everything else up to elk. 500 yards is the farthest shot I would take so I was wondering if there is any benefit to using something like a 140gr accubond or similar. Animals hunted would be deer, possibly antelope, and the aoudad hunt I'm going on next March.

I'm mostly asking about the aoudad as he said to expect shots past 350 and farther. I have used the current load past 400 so I guess I'm just lookinf for something different to play with that will still work well. Aoudad are supposed to be very tough animals. My .270wsm is another option but I think the 7 will hit a bit harder.

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The 7mm and the 270 wsm with

The 7mm and the 270 wsm with 150 gr are pretty much identical at the magic number of 1000ft lbs of energy both stretching to 850 yrds with that number. Personally I shoot 165 grain nosler partition handloads as my weatherby likes them. I would think 140s would be fine if your gun  groups them well.

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If you're looking for a little more retained energy....

Consider the 160 Accubond.  Your bullet has a BC of .392, which is ok, but those 160s, should have better than that.  A tipped TSX, which will also open better at extended ranges isn't available in the 160s, but you can always drop down in weight with those monos, and there's a 150 grain with a .450 BC and it's a boattail.  But the Accubond sports a .530 and is considerably cheaper.  The difference at 500 yards would be this:

Accubond:  1667 foot pounds and down 37 inches with a 200 yard sight in.  Velocity 2166.

160 TSX:  1289 foot pouds and down 42 inches with a 200 yard sight in.  Just as importantly, the velocity on that TSX is down to 1900 fps, and from what I gather, expansion can get iffy below 2000 fps on those bullets.

 

If you don't handload, I think Nosler and Winchester both sell the 160 Accubond in factory loads.

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I'll probably give the

I'll probably give the accubaonds a try after elk season. I'll stick with the Tsx for that and then give the others a try . I've used the 140's but like the idea of the 160's better.

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i loved to shoot my 7mm mag.

i loved to shoot my 7mm mag. with 160gr. accubond.  it was the best round out of my rifle and i tried alot of different loads and bullets. 

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FWIW

I just picked up 150 175 grain Partitions and 100 120 Ballistic Tips for my elk, deer and antelope hunting.  Was going to give the 160 Accubond a whirl, but not when I found 175 Partitions on sale for $16.

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Pick your self up a box of

Pick your self up a box of HSM trophey gold. I shoot a Browning A-Bolt 7mm Mag loaded with a berger 168grain VLD bullet. This is by far the best ammo i have ever shot. This is basically a custom bullet from the factory. I have tried winchester, Hornday, Remington, and federal, with the best results coming from Winchester until i shot the HSM. The BC of this round is greater than any other round at 1000yds it's even greater than a .338 Barnes round. just to give you an example.

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I'll have to check out those

I'll have to check out those HSM rounds. I've seen them before but never had a report from anyone on how they shoot.

For the record I did use the 160TSX on my bull last week and it performed really well. My dad has the bullet in Junction with him as he found it in the off shoulder when he was cutting it up. I'll post a picture of it when I get it back in th enext few days if he remembers to bringit with tomorrow. The   bullet expanded just like it was suppoed to and penetrated very well. I didn't mention it before but the shot was taken at 529 yards.

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Been years since I used a 7mm

Been years since I used a 7mm mag. There weren't any monolithic bullet's around and no bonded core back then. All the premium bullets were the origional Barnes, which I never tried and the Nosler partition, partitions were all they made then. The partitions I've never had much luck getting to shoot well. I tried everything between the 115gr Speer up to 175gr Noslers. Finally settled on the 160gr Speer Hot Core bullet. That was a super bullet and the best shooting bullet in that rifle. 139gr Hornadys shot really well but to much velocity. The 140gr Sierra shot well but boy did it make ma mess of anything it hit. 154gr Hornadys shot well but not as good as the 160gr Speer.

My own feeling about the Hot Core bullets is that they were in a league of their own. I've recovered some of them shot into wet newspaper and have never had a core get the slighest bit loose and they always maintained 85% and up of weight. If I considered a premium bullet today, I would start with the Hot Core Speer. Of course I don't know if the quality is still there in Speer bullets since Vernon sold out.

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Barnes

Barnes new LRX  bullet is offered in 168gr. for the 7mm and has a B.C. of.550!!! They are maybe 2 more dollars then the TTSX for a box of 50. When I plugged in the info @ 3100 fps for the 160 gr Partition and then the 168gr LRX , with a 250 yd zero, you were 3 inches better ( Higher ) at 600 yds. with the LRX 168gr. Bullet and 8 inches better then the 160 tsx. I am loading with the new LRX in 200 gr. Because If I am 100fps slower with the 200gr. LRX it still beats the 180 TTSX by 2 inches at 600 yds. But It is 20 gr. heavier. Amazing what B.C. can do for you.

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