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Old 04-17-2012, 07:11 PM
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Buying a Remington Model 7 stainless synthetic chambered in 7mm-08 from a guy. Comes with a Leupold 3-9x40 vxII.

He has cancer and is raising money to buy himself a wheelchair ramp. He asked $575 and I did not ask if he would take less. I thought it was a good deal. I will pick it up next week.

I have never owned a model 7 and have never even looked at a 7mm-08. I hear it is an excellent caliber and a good gun.

Anything I should know about the gun or the caliber? Probably will never buy a box of factory loaded bullets. Will buy a set of dies and turn some 308 Win shells into 7mm-08. Any recommendation of a whitetail bullet?

What kind of accuracy should I look for in the Model 7? Any other info will be appreciated.


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Old 04-17-2012, 08:10 PM
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Sounds like a pretty good deal.

Whitetails are not hard to kill. I suspect you'll have to work to find a load that won't perform. Plain-Jane bullets should work fine. Hornady, Sierra, Speer, et al.

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Old 04-17-2012, 09:26 PM
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I'd look to buy some Remington CoreLokts in 140 gr in bulk, say 500 or 1,000 at a time, to save money. They will kill real good at 7mm-08 velocities.
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If the Core Lokt bullets don't shoot as accurately as you like, there are certainly plenty of others available that might. I agree with the others that a premium bullet isn't necessary for killing deer with a cartridge like the 7-08, but sometimes those bullets just shoot better. We all know that accuracy is the number 1 goal, so don't settle for 2" groups at 100 just to save a few bucks on bullets. My .02.
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Old 04-18-2012, 05:51 AM
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My 7/08 is a M70 Featherweight Classic and it wears a Leupold Vari-XII 3-9x40, so I think your combo is an excellent one. The Model Seven platform is my favorite Remington rifle and I own several of them, all quality rifles in my opinion. The deal you got was/is excellent, but your purchase was even better. Best of luck with your new rifle and mine likes 139/140 gr loads the best, if that might help!
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Old 04-18-2012, 05:56 AM
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My Model 7 stainless likes 140 gn Sierra Gamekings with Varget,4350, or H414. All will do 1 inch at 100yards. Your going to like the model 7 for Whitetail. I take mine ground hog hunting in the fall as practice for deer season.
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Old 04-18-2012, 06:42 AM
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My pet deer load from the same rifle is a 145 Gr. Speer over 47 Gr. of W-760/H-414 . That 3-9 is a lot of scope for that rifle , a compact rifle with a big honking scope on it just looks silly . Plus it kind of defeats the lightweight theme of your rifle ! Leupolds are an easy sell , so replacing it shouldn't set you back too much . JMHO
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Old 05-01-2012, 07:25 AM
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Picked the gun up on Sunday. Got it home and gave it the once over. Trigger was heavy until a few turns of a screw. Wiped it down with oil and it is ready to go. I just have to pick up a set of dies.

The gun looks like it just came out of the box brand new. Not a scratch on the gun at all. The guy had the stock painted in a good looking camo pattern. Looks professionally done. I could not be happier.

Now I am ready to see how it shoots.

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Old 05-01-2012, 07:46 AM
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Picked the gun up on Sunday. Got it home and gave it the once over. Trigger was heavy until a few turns of a screw. Wiped it down with oil and it is ready to go. I just have to pick up a set of dies.

The gun looks like it just came out of the box brand new. Not a scratch on the gun at all. The guy had the stock painted in a good looking camo pattern. Looks professionally done. I could not be happier.

Now I am ready to see how it shoots.

Darin
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Congrats on getting a great rifle at a good price.

I just bought a set of dies for my 7mm-08 Model 700 to use with 140 gr. Sierra Gamekings and 139 gr. Hornady InterLock SST bullets. I'm going to try IMR 4350 and H4350 and see how it likes these loads.

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Old 05-01-2012, 10:15 AM
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Don't overlook the hornady sst's. I also have had great results with the 120gr TTSX. If you want to get some rounds through it, try some hornady or federal ammo. You'll have good brass once you've put some rounds down range. Congrats on the purchase. The 7-08 is, in my opinion, the perfect round for whitetail. Great combo of accuracy, velocity, and energy, (edit: and acceptable recoil).
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Old 05-01-2012, 11:26 AM
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The ONLY rifle I ever got rid of was a late 80s-90ish Model 7 "Mountain Rifle" (precursor to the Mdl 7 CDL) in 7-08 after a bad season (bullet problem NOT the caliber/gun but of course the gun got the blame so I traded it on an emotional whim). I've been kicking myself ever since! My next Remington bolt gun will be a model 7 CDL 350Mag!

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Old 05-01-2012, 06:16 PM
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Been looking for one of those myself...but .260 Rem caliber. From what I've seen on GunBroker.com you got a steal of a deal!
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You'd be lucky to get the same rifle in that condition without a scope for under $700.
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Old 05-02-2012, 08:31 AM
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Buying a Remington Model 7 stainless synthetic chambered in 7mm-08 from a guy. Comes with a Leupold 3-9x40 vxII.

He has cancer and is raising money to buy himself a wheelchair ramp. He asked $575 and I did not ask if he would take less. I thought it was a good deal. I will pick it up next week.

I have never owned a model 7 and have never even looked at a 7mm-08. I hear it is an excellent caliber and a good gun.

Anything I should know about the gun or the caliber? Probably will never buy a box of factory loaded bullets. Will buy a set of dies and turn some 308 Win shells into 7mm-08. Any recommendation of a whitetail bullet?

What kind of accuracy should I look for in the Model 7? Any other info will be appreciated.


Thanks!
Darin
The first year the M7 was available in 7-08, I bought one. It was way more accurate than such a light gun would ordinarily be, and was a carry all day delight, with a 300yd bite.

I have owned a 7-08 since that day. My current 7-08 is a M700 Mtn Rifle, as I like the longer barrel. It does add a fair amount of speed, with minimal weight penalty. It's one of the most useful of Remington's developments. Power wise it's got the snot for deer and antelope as far as they can be shot, accuracy has been very good in every 7-08 I've encountered.

As deer bullets go, I've shot a fair pile of deer with 139gr Hornady SP's, 140gr Sierra SP's and 154gr Hornady RN's. The 154's are no longer available. The best accuracy with every 7-08 I've owned has used top end doses of H414 or W760, it also nets the top velocities with acceptable pressures.

I suspect you will be more than pleased with your find.
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Old 05-03-2012, 11:05 AM
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I have a 25-06 Rem 700 BDL. What differences are there between the model 700 and the Model 7? Are the mechanics the same except the action on the Model 7 is shorter than a short action Model 700?

I did notice that the front screw is located under the hinged floor plate on the Model 7 and infront of the floor plate on the Model 700. Well mine has a detachable clip but I assume it would be located in the same place on a hinged floor plate design on a Model 700.

I have not noticed any other differences. Should I go ahead and bed the action before I even shoot it or shoot it and see if it is needed. A local smith owes me a bedding job. But I hate to do it if it is not needed.

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Old 05-03-2012, 11:18 AM
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The first year the M7 was available in 7-08, I bought one. It was way more accurate than such a light gun would ordinarily be, and was a carry all day delight, with a 300yd bite.

I have owned a 7-08 since that day. My current 7-08 is a M700 Mtn Rifle, as I like the longer barrel. It does add a fair amount of speed, with minimal weight penalty. It's one of the most useful of Remington's developments. Power wise it's got the snot for deer and antelope as far as they can be shot, accuracy has been very good in every 7-08 I've encountered.

As deer bullets go, I've shot a fair pile of deer with 139gr Hornady SP's, 140gr Sierra SP's and 154gr Hornady RN's. The 154's are no longer available. The best accuracy with every 7-08 I've owned has used top end doses of H414 or W760, it also nets the top velocities with acceptable pressures.

I suspect you will be more than pleased with your find.
Thanks for the info. I will use this rifle for deer within 10-150 yards. Most of my shots are shorter than 100 yards. I plan to give it to my youngest son when he gets old enough. I just bought my oldest son a Marlin X gun in 243. He loves it. He will get the 25-06 when I can no longer hunt. My yougest will get the Model 700 in 6mm Rem when that time comes.

Neither of them know about this new gun. It made it's way to the gun closet without being noticed. I am sure one of them will see it eventually.

I have a few hundred Speer 120 grain spitzers. I have over 100 140 grain Nosler Ballistic tips. I use these in a 280. I built it from a 1909 Argentine Mauser. I have yet to take it in the woods. I will probably go with a 140 grain Hornady interlock. I can play with the speer and Noslers. I just have to pick up a die. Maybe after baseball season I will get to spend some time working up a load.

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Old 05-04-2012, 03:42 AM
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I have a 25-06 Rem 700 BDL. What differences are there between the model 700 and the Model 7? Are the mechanics the same except the action on the Model 7 is shorter than a short action Model 700?
They are basically the same as the design goes, but are slightly different mechanically. There are small changes in the bolt, shroud, and trigger that probably minimized weight and size, and they are not interchangeable.

I suspect you will like your M7 and the 7-08 a lot, most do. Accuracy is typically very good, and the round has a lot of punch, and range.
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Either the Speer or Nosler bullets you have will be fine.
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Either the Speer or Nosler bullets you have will be fine.
Actually, there are a couple bullets I might not use in a 7-08, but only because I have bigger rifles for bigger game, and smaller rifles for varmints.

I have used the 100gr Sierra Varmint on a one rifle hunt in eastern MT, to shoot prairie dogs when I had my goat in a freezer. It worked great, even if a bit hard on the shoulder after 200 rounds/day. They also work well over Trail Boss as a practice load.

I've played with 162/175gr bullets with excellent results as accuracy goes, and I bet they would work fine on elk/moose if I didn't have a .35 Whelen. But I do.

For most of my shooting, plain vanilla cup and core bullets from Speer, Sierra, Hornady, or Nosler in 130-154gr, are predictable and effective. Speer Grand Slam and Nosler Partitions in 145-160gr weights bring better trajectory and penetration to bullet weights that give up little to the heavier conventional designs.

For the most part, you just can't go wrong.
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