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I just purchased a 7mm rem mag, Tikka... I have done some research of bullets, SD, BC EtC... A friend of mine who has hunted for many years said to try the ammo listed below... Find the one that shoots the best and stick with it.... For all you experienced hunters... Can you give me more info and some insite as to which ones you like (from the list) below and why... Any suggestions, thoughts, comments positive or negative are appreciated.... Thank you...

Remington 150gr Premier Swift Sirocco Bonded, BC 0.533
Remington 160gr Premier Swift A Frame Soft Point, BC 0.382
Winchester 160gr Accubond Boat Tail, BC 0.512
Hornady 154gr Interbond, BC 0.525, SD 0.273
Federal 160gr Barnes Tripple Shock X Bullet, BC 0.392, SD 0.283
Federal 160gr Nosler Acubond Vital Shok, BC 0.531, SD 0.283
Federal 160 Nosler Partition Vital Shok, BC 0.475, SD 0.283.

All the above are factory loads.... In the future, I can see myself getting into hand loading, but not for a few years. Think

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I handload the 150 gr Swift Sirocco and it performs wonderfully!. It is our bullet of choice for the 7 Mag. Very accurate as well. The 160 gr loads are a good all around as well but we prefer the Sirocco for everything but the largest game like moose. So if you do not handload, I would go with the Remington Premier 150 gr Sirocco.

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Despite it being 10gr lower, the BC seems to be really good in comparison.... Thanks for your reply....

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Taking into consideration that for decades standard soft points in the appropriate caliber yielded thousands of hunter lots of tasty venison. Even taking into account that in recent decades the Cor-Lokt soft point was pretty much the most common round used on biggame and yielded hunter lots of tasty venison. All I can say is you do your part as a hunter/rifleman and any one of those bullets listed above will give you the same results. I don't believe that deer will notice any difference. I think too many people way overthink this kind of stuff.

You could save yourself some money buy just sticking with standard soft points and use that saved money to invest in more game-care and meat-care products. Everyone always thinks about the shot. Remember you gotta pack-out, process, store , and eat that deer.

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You will find depending of the size of the animal that you will need different bullets to prevent meat distruction when you hit them. A friend of mine couldn't believe the distruction that a 165 grain reload did to a deer compaired to an elk that he shot with the same bullet. For myself I have been shooting the same round for 25 years on deer and elk. It is a 150 gr Federal premium witch is loaded with a 150 gr Sierra boatail. I bought 10 boxes of them and still have 4 of them left. The 6 elk that I have taken with them ran less than the some of the deer that I have shot. Now that I really do not need the meat and am turning to a horn hunter I am going to drop the bullet down to a Barnes 140 gr X bullet for antelope and deer and use my 340 Weatherby for elk. But I doubt that an elk hit with that 140 grain bullet wouldn't notice the difference anyway. Dead is dead.

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Those bullets are on the heavy, tough and expensive side for whitetail deer.

I used a lot of 150 gr Core Loks with great success.

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i use 150 sciroccos as well , and my loads get moving at over 3200fps from my 26 tube.

factory remmy loads are at around 3050-3075 fps in my ruger no1

they perform awesome on deer but can expand quickly with shots under 100 yds.

i have had no exit wound on some non broadside shots on deer in close range due to rapid expansion.

but yet enough penetration to down a bull moose at 300yds when bullet slows down

the barnes i couldn't get to group
i have had jacket separation on the accubonds but never on the sciroccos

but i would not pay the prices they ask for premium bullets , i can make 100 for what 2 boxes cost me.

id buy a press and get loading

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Welcome 12many,

I agree. I've never bought into the whole hype of so-called premium bullets and prefere to reload my own with what I know works well. That includes Speer Grand Slams. While some consider it a premium bullet, most do not. I think it's tough enough for all N American biggame.

For whitetails, no one needs a super premium bullet for those. Any standard soft point will be more than enough.

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i just don't like high velocities and cheap projectiles. just asking for trouble

if i went with non premiums id use 175 gr power points or something like that.

if you want flat fast and low recoil for 150-160 weight, then you need some technology to keep that bullet together IMHO

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I hunted with a 7 mag for 20 years took deer , elk , bear , antelope and mt goat used federal 150 gr premium on them all. Boat tail first then the fuision , knocked the crap out of them all. But I went back to a larger and slower caliber like the 308 or 30/06 except for very open country , the high velocities of a 7 mag and close range (under 150 yd ) even with good amo there was a lot of bullet distruction so I would say go big and slower I f you dont shoot at long range.But to be honest in the end they were all dead fast, maybe I just got tired of taking a beating at the range .. good luck have fun.

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I use 180 grain Scirocco bullets for my .300 Win. mag and have had great results. The bullets group well and retain weight very well. I have killed 12 different species of big game ranging from a 347lb. black bear at 40 yards to a Kudu bull at 300 and various other species at ranges in between those others.

I recovered several bullets from harvested game. A gemsbok I shot at 160 yards had the bullet lodged just inder the hide on the other side. Exit hole diameters on other game were minimal which can be a good thing in terms of taxidermy. On deer sized game I am still getting passthroughs at 200 yards with very small holes.

I have since handloaded 150 grain Scirocco bullets for my 7mm-08 and eagerly looking to see the results from those bullets. While every gun is different, I got the best accuracy results for my 7mm-08 handloads using Federal match primers and H-414 powder. I was getting consistent 5 shot groups that could be covered with as litle as a nickel to as large as a quarter.

I used the Nosler partition bullet and harvest ed 3 deer using them ranging from 60 yards to 250 yards. I wasnlt overly thrilled with their accuracy or performance on game.

Always had good luck with the Remington Corelokt bullets, but If I had to choose between any of those. It would be the Scirocco.

Good luck!

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