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Old 01-09-2006, 10:00 AM
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Question Remington 700 SPS - 7mm-08 Rem. Questions


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My new bolt-action rifle should arrive tomorrow or Wednesday. The rings and bases arrive on Thursday and the scope and ammo arrive on Friday. It is a 24 inch barreled Remington 700 SPS chambered for the 7mm-08 Remington.

I had a Remington 788 back in the early '80s in the same caliber and absolutely loved it for accuracy and stopping power. It was a tad heavy for such a short gun, but was stone-cold accurate. I reloaded for it but no longer have that data.

Questions:
1) I remember using IMR3031 with extraordinary results. Has anyone else used IMR3031 in the 7mm-08 and would you mind sharing your data? Other ideas welcome too!

2) Has anyone had a rifle re-chambered for the 7mm-08 Rem Ackley Improved, and if so, was the conversion worth the cost?

3) Finally, I always used full length re-sizing back in the day. Now I'm considering trying neck sizing only. Would you guys recommend buying collet neck sizing dies or full length dies and ust back them out?

The rifle will be used mainly for target fun out at our local DCM range with a 1000 meter maximum berm. (No, I'm NOT anywhere near that good but may try my luck out to 500- 600 meters someday.)

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While I can't comment on your first two questions, my response to the third would be to plan on neck sizing if all you're going to do is target work. If you start having stuck cases, difficult chambering, etc., then I'd go with full-length sizing.

If you're going to hunt with it, I'd full-length size those loads just for the chambering issues if nothing else. Plus you can always compare loads and see whether either method is more accurate than the other.

Anyway, congrats on your new purchase! I've been considering a 7mm-08 myself for varmint/deer hunting; let us know how it works out! BTW -- What scope are you going to be using?
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Old 01-10-2006, 03:16 AM
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BTW -- What scope are you going to be using?
I've got a Tasco 6-24x42 AO Mil-Dot that is sitting in my closet still in it's box. Also have some Leopold rings laying in a box somewhere. Lacking in expendable cash, that is going on the rifle while I save pennies and nickles for a Burris. I've never tried a Tasco before. Someting about the name just sounds 'cheap'. Got this one at a going-out-of-business sale a couple of months ago thinking I might put it on a 22 Hornet for my daughter. Heck, if it works out I'll just leave it alone.
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I have a Tasco I got from a friend for $20. It had been on a 7-Mag, a .22LR, and now resides on my .17HMR, and works fine. Bright, clear, and has never gone out of accuracy on any rifle it's been on. Heck, if it works, use it!
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I haven't tried IMR3031 in my Rem 700 Mtn LSS 7mm-08, but here is a list of loads I've worked up so far. (Please take note of the loads that are over book max!) You should get a little better velocities with the 24" barrel of the SPS vs the 22" barrel of the Mtn LSS.



I just pickied up this rifle this past spring and love it. I used the Speer 145 HotCor's to take a decent 8Pt this season. Shot was at about 75 Yds, was a complete pass through, and left about a quarter sized (maybe slightly larger) exit hole. Deer went about 20 Yds and dropped.

As far as the 7mm-08 AI is concerned, the 7mm-08 is already a very efficient cartridge and although I can't say for certian, I just don't think that you would gain enough by going AI to justify the cost and the trouble of fire forming, etc. I'm sticking with the plain old 7mm-08!

You should get the best accuracy with neck sizing only. I haven't shot a single factory load in my gun and neck sized only for all the loads listed above. You will however need a full length sizing die (in addition to the neck sizer) so you can bump the shoulder back occasionally as needed. I have found that I needed to do this after about 7 or 8 reloads.

What kind of scope are you putting on your SPS? My "Hunting" scope is a Burris Fullfield II 3-9X40 w/Ballistic Plex reticle and have got to say that the Ballistic Plex bullet drop compensating reticle is just awsome and very effective. My "load development/range" scope is a Simmons Whitetail Classic 6.5-20x50 w/AO. I put on Leupold quick release rings & bases that allow me to switch scopes as needed.

Good luck with your 7mm-08 SPS and be sure to keep us updated on how it shoots.

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I personally would not go with the AI. The cartridge works really good just as it is.

I would recommend a set of Lee delux dies. They come with the collet neck sizer and the full length sizer. I've been using them for years with no problems.

If your just shooting one rifle in that caliber I would neck size, but check to see that the cartridges all chamber. Target work seems to like neck sizing.

I'm not reloading the 7mm-08, but can tell you that my 280 Rem works excellent on deer.

As far as the Tasco I have a 6-32 target that I used to check out initial accuracy on new rifles and goes on my squirrel rifle in the spring. It has given me good service.
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