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Hello,

Which of these are a better expander on medium game when the velocity is mild?

I want to try a 7mm-08 with a nod towards a 7x57 attitude in situations where many would just use a 30-30 (horrible fit for me stock-wise)

I am not looking to make a big thing out of this comparing wise. With your help I will just buy a box of one or the other and make them work until I have reason to change.

I do imagine sticking together and making a nice mushroom when I say expand. I don’t really want a ton of lead crumbs at this low speed.

Meat saver shots will be the rule but I want to be confident if a wary buck only offers a quartering presentation.

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The Shadow (Super Mod)
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Gamekings tend to come apart above 25-2600 fps, where the Hornady is less so.
Neither one are reliable expanders much below 2,000 fps.
IME

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Either bullet will be more than adequate from either cartridge. I use the 150 grain GK in my Sevumag for elk/deer and the 165 grain interlock in my 30-06IMP for both and it's a toss up either way. Both do an excellent job.

Here's a 150 grain GK recovered from a 5 point rag horn bull from the Sevumag.



I've never recovered a 165

RJ
 

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Too add: a lighter bullet, say 140 grain, may suit your purpposes better than the160/164.

RJ
 

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The Troll Whisperer (Moderator)
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Both bullets work well in that weight and in that chambering. My personal choice is the Hornady Interlock as both deer and elk have been taken with it using a 7x57 AI (almost equal in accuracy and velocity compared to my 7 RM) . Have never recovered a bullet due to through and through shots.
That said, my favorite bullet is the Hornady SST which has proven accurate and deadly on such game.
 

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Recoil Junky, what do you suppose the impact speed was on that 150 SGK? That is a bigger gun and bigger target than I will have and your recovered bullet looks much better (more together) than I would have guessed.

I guess I could merge all the advice given so far and come down a fuzz in weight and try the 154 SST if people still trust them on a quartering woods shot.
 

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At 7-08 velocities the 150 grain SST as kdub suggested would be a great choice. Much over that they are a great varmint bullet IME.

RJ
 

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Uhm, oh boy lol!

This is only a guess, but probably 2700? The shot was between 250 and 300 yards.

RJ
 
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