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Posted: 11/27/2021 12:32:51 AM EDT
Looking to my 11yo deer hunting with a 7mm-08 Encore.

I’m having a problem finding load info for reduced loads.

I have found the 60% rule for the H 4895 but of course can’t find any of that powder. I do have Imr 4895 but assume the same rule doesn’t apply.

Any good place for reduced loads with other powders?
Link Posted: 11/27/2021 1:33:58 AM EDT
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It has been many years since I loaded for the 7-08. Take a look at the load data for the 120 Barnes bullets. They were very soft shooting and very accurate.
Link Posted: 11/27/2021 9:26:37 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By SpeyRod:
It has been many years since I loaded for the 7-08. Take a look at the load data for the 120 Barnes bullets. They were very soft shooting and very accurate.
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Thanks

I have a few of the older Nosler books but they just list starter loads not “reduced loads”.
Link Posted: 11/27/2021 10:34:09 AM EDT
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Link Posted: 11/27/2021 11:46:55 AM EDT
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I would suggest that if the kid is not up to the recoil from standard 7-08 loads, he/she is not old enough to use the gun.
Link Posted: 11/27/2021 1:51:01 PM EDT
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Most of the mass involved is in the bullet. Cut down to 120gr pills and you'll cut the recoil to extremely mild levels. Be like a pillow fight.
Link Posted: 11/27/2021 8:01:17 PM EDT
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Remember... when you're on target and pull the trigger... do you really sense the recoil?

IMO you're looking to solve a non-existing problem.

Otherwise, just load light bullets.
Link Posted: 11/27/2021 8:27:59 PM EDT
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For factory loads try hornaday reduced recoil loads.

I use them in my 7mm08  due to bad arthritis in my neck. Recoil causes real pain.

With this load it is like shooting 243 in my heavy savage model 99.
Link Posted: 11/27/2021 10:11:02 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By Bowhntr6pt:
Remember... when you're on target and pull the trigger... do you really sense the recoil?

IMO you're looking to solve a non-existing problem.

Otherwise, just load light bullets.
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Yes an 11yo petite girl will be able to tell the difference. She will do a lot of practicing. There is no benefit of full power loads at the ranges she will be shooting at for hunting.
Link Posted: 11/28/2021 8:48:31 AM EDT
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I had to fudge the initial (primer) pressure by 800psi less to get the Optimal Barrel Time function to work.

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Link Posted: 11/28/2021 9:19:42 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By 2009lockedOUT:



Yes an 11yo petite girl will be able to tell the difference. She will do a lot of practicing. There is no benefit of full power loads at the ranges she will be shooting at for hunting.
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I wonder how much velocity you'd need to get a 100gr Sierra Varminter to open up reliably.
If you can make it mushroom in a carton of water you'd probably have a light recoiling hunting round for deer sized game.
Link Posted: 11/28/2021 10:38:16 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By 2009lockedOUT:
...I have found the 60% rule for the H 4895 but of course can’t find any of that powder. I do have Imr 4895 but assume the same rule doesn’t apply.

Any good place for reduced loads with other powders?
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I just re-read your post...  I believe IMR 4895 will also work (article) but, to be sure, call Hodgdon/IMR @ 913-362-9455.

Cheers!  
Link Posted: 11/28/2021 10:49:54 AM EDT
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I load 120 grain soft points just over the starting charge of varget for a handi rifle. That has been a first gun for at least 6 kids and has taken over a dozen deer. Light recoil and good accuracy.

An update now that I'm home from hunting (not posting from my phone).

I went to the reloading bench and checked my load. 38 Gr. Varget and a 120 grain Sierra Pro-hunter. Good accuracy from my Encore, A handi-rifle and a Savage.
I figure it's about equal to a 30-30.
Link Posted: 11/28/2021 12:38:34 PM EDT
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My youth 7mm-08 load is 36.2gr of imr4064 under a hornady 139gr interlock boat tail spire point.   This roughly replicates 30-30 ballistics and when I was 14 it helped me get over a flinch.  The exact charge and the case overall length can get played around with for maximum accuracy.  My savage 111 shoots this load under an inch.  

When you're small of stature and high power rifles are new to you it's important to start out with good habits and training. It's also hard to remember being small and how much recoil was different to you as a youth.   If it takes a reduced power load to get your kid started out right then there's no shame in that.

If your kid is in good shape another trick is to put some birdshot in any hollowed out places in the stock that you can totally fill.  Adding a pound or two to the rifle can also help out a bunch.
Link Posted: 11/28/2021 12:58:56 PM EDT
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Birdshot added to the stock as mentioned above
Link Posted: 12/8/2021 12:43:30 AM EDT
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Trailboss is my go to low velocity powder for pistol and rifle. The muzzle report is usually low with it also.
Link Posted: 12/12/2021 3:39:42 PM EDT
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Some light reading of pertinent information.

In the article, it also suggests referencing the Lyman cast bullet handbook for reduced load data with various other powders. Your IMR4895 is in both the article and Lymans.
Link Posted: 12/16/2021 10:22:28 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By 2009lockedOUT:
Looking to my 11yo deer hunting with a 7mm-08 Encore.

I’m having a problem finding load info for reduced loads.

I have found the 60% rule for the H 4895 but of course can’t find any of that powder. I do have Imr 4895 but assume the same rule doesn’t apply.

Any good place for reduced loads with other powders?
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I had to circle back to this question unlike the ginger in Washington I did come back to it.

Because I was momentarily confused.   The 60% thing was always IMR 4895 not H4895.  I had to do some reading.  I know H4895 was originally a twin to IMR but standards split when Bruce Hodgdon starting having his made.  Anyhow they’re both linearly scalable to the 60% of max charge with predictable results.  Ie a 10% powder reduction gives you a 10% velocity reduction.  Hodgdon recommends using the H version for the reduction, said it worked a little better that low.  Odd I never heard of reduced H loads until Hodgdon bought out IMR.  I am a troglodyte though.

So you can, as my old fart brain was yelling at me, use the IMR at the 60% of max charge reduction.  

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