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Old 11-18-2006, 01:37 PM
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What do you guys think would be the best powder choice for a short barreled (20") Remington 700 in 7mm-08? I'll probably start playing around with 140 gr. bullets and maybe some 120 gr. also.
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Old 11-18-2006, 02:43 PM
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That is like asking- Blonde, brunette, or redhead?
Check out the load swap tab on the top of your screen. jp
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Old 11-18-2006, 02:59 PM
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That is a loaded question. I've been loading for 3 different types of 308 Win rifles for several years, and what I find is best for one is NOT the best for the others. It's like stated above - blonde, brunette, or redhead. Each rifle wants what's best suited for it. There are too many variables. So you gots to find that BEST for each. You might find a load that is satisfactory for all. But for optimum results repeat the sequence for each.

I also have been looking for a BEST for my 7mm-08. Hopefully, I'll some day get there and make that M70 Compact my rifle of choice.

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Old 11-18-2006, 03:31 PM
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According to the Lyman 48th edition, IMR4895 and R-15 seem to be their favored powders for this cartridge.
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Old 11-18-2006, 05:11 PM
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short and sweet..... Varget
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I have had very good luck with Win 760, 4064 and Varget.

The current 7-08 likes 140 TSXB's with 43gr of 760. But then again...I haven't really shot much else out of it...except factory loads, which it didn't like a bit. Why mess with sucess. A 3/4" group will do in a deer inside a 100 yards won't it? I'll perfect it later, just to occupy myself in February.
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Old 11-18-2006, 09:16 PM
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That is like asking- Blonde, brunette, or redhead?
Check out the load swap tab on the top of your screen. jp
I would, believe me, but as I've posted in the General Section, I can't get in (technical difficulties, won't recognize my password or let me re-register). I realize all rifles are different, I've been reloading for almost forty years, but I just wanted to find out what some of you have found works well. This is my first (sorry, wife's gun she just doesn't know I'll be borrowing it next November when I go to Idaho for whitetails) 7mm-08. Some of my older manuals indicate 4350 is good but from what I've read recently it may be too slow. I've heard Varget is good but I've also read it's too fast. I'm interested in what some of you have found to be best.
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Old 11-18-2006, 09:19 PM
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kdub, big bore fan, and Swamp Collie,
Thanks for sharing your info!
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Old 11-19-2006, 07:15 AM
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What do you guys think would be the best powder choice for a short barreled (20") Remington 700 in 7mm-08? I'll probably start playing around with 140 gr. bullets and maybe some 120 gr. also.
Varget or R15 - both are less temparature sensitive and are designed for shorter, higher pressure, newer catridges like the 7-08.

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Old 11-19-2006, 07:40 AM
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Thanks guys. I have a can of Varget I use for my .22-250 and will pick up a can of R15.
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Thats my choice...RL-15 ....2nd...IMR 4064
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