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I'm intrigued by the 7mm-08. The only research I have done has been on this site for the most part. Captain O got a new one and I'd like a report.
My logic has it that maybe because it's born from a .308 case, it might have the same type of legendary accuracy....but with more speed.

Compare the recoil to another caliber or two if possible. What stock set-up would this gun shine on (config & wt). What is ideal barrel length to get most out of cartrdge?Maybe I will pick one up. right now I'm trying to decide on alot of different calibers that cover deer & elk.....maybe leaning a bit more toward deer. Cuz next year I want to get another Win Model 70 Classic in 338 as an exclusive big, big game rifle. i am considering 30-06, 270WM, 270WSM,257WM, 257R, 7mm-08, 308.....not in any particlar order or preference. I was starting to lean toward the 308 for it's legendary accuracy, short action, cheap & available ammo etc. i know it can be placed on a lightweight rifle (though I'm not looking for a lightweight rifle) though I have found light rifles not fun to shoot. Fun to carry only.

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Location: NONYA,thats in MONTANA
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i know people who hunt deer with this round and love it,a few of them had custom rifles built around this cartridge and swear by it as a great deer/antelope gun,these are the kind of people that have shot game for many years and Ill take thier word as gospel. Thumbs up

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just remembered somthing you may want to check out,remington has a 7-08 out in thier Remington Mountain LSS rifle,very fine piece of machinery!!

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Location: Missouri/Arkansas
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The 7mm-08 is to the 280 Remington what the 308 is to the 30-06. It's inherent accuracy is a bit of a mixed issue. It is often chambered in rifles which are short, light, and consequently less stable. In a gun like the new Remington 700 CDL, which have 24 inch barrels and weigh 8 to 8-1/2 lbs with a scope and sling, it is very accurate.

Reloading can boost muzzle velocity to 3000 fps with a 140 grain bullet, making the 7mm-08 potent deer, antelope, and black bear medicine. Recoil in a rifle of reasonable weight should be around 15-16 ft-lbs.

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Location: Utah
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Remington's CDL or SPS line both include 7mm-08 caliber with 24" barrel and LimbSaver Pad as standard equipment. My local Sportsmans Warehouse is selling SPS's in blue for $398.00 / stainless version is $469.00, with the popular CDL running $539.00 in blue.

CDL = Walnut Stock with subdued shine
SPS = Special Purpose Synthetic Stock

Actions are the same in both 700 models. For hunting with this baby .308, I suggest the 140-gr. Nosler AccuBond loaded by Federal at 2,800 fps.

Remington 700 + AccuBond = meat in the freezer if you and the money do your parts.

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You won't go wrong with a 7-08 rem.
I don't have a clue as to what they load the factory fodder at.
I do know that with bullets up to 150grs. They can be loaded to stay on the heels of a 280 rem.
As far as accuracy. I understand that they are every bit as inheritently accurate as the 308 win.
For the reloader. Speer makes 145gr spitzer-spbt, 145gr spitzer-sp (hot core)and 145gr grand slam that are perfect for this particular round and would cover a large variety of game. They also have a match bullet in the same weight.

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Factory fodder typically consists of the 120 grain bullet loaded to 3000 fps, and the 139-140 grain bullet loaded to 2860 fps.

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Unless youre talking about Hornady's light magnums which state on the box a muzzle velocity of 3,000FPS with 139 GR SP's. I just bought two boxes for my new Kimber 84M with 22' match Grade Barrell

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