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Posted: 11/20/2001 11:25:58 AM EDT
I have been using Hornady Custom 162 gr BTSP bullets in mine, but there are so many different bullet weights, which is the best all purpose for the 7mm Mag?
Link Posted: 11/20/2001 11:32:11 AM EDT
Depends on what game you hunt. I use the Winchester 150 gr ballistic silvertip for my deer hunting. Knocks 'em down hard. Best all purpose would probably be 165 gr Nosler partition.
Link Posted: 11/20/2001 2:25:51 PM EDT
Unless you are taking 400+ yard shots, it is way too much gun for whitetails. if you like the 7mm bullet, go with the 7mm-08, or the .280rem. the 7mm Rem Mag is a good "all around caliber" just like the .30-06. it is perfect for elk, moose, caribou, etc for shots out to 500 yds. I know people that take them grizzly bear hunting. I also know people who only had half a whiteail left and the bullet went through them at 40 yards so fast he had to track the deer for a mile or more. way too much gun for close-range whittails.
-Chuck
Link Posted: 11/20/2001 2:48:25 PM EDT
Excellent choice for a hunting rifle. They shoot flat and fast. I usually shoot 150 Winchester silvertip. It easily handles anything on the North American continent. She is a hard kicker but fun to shoot. Try it on prarie dogs sometime. They just explode!!
Link Posted: 11/20/2001 2:58:52 PM EDT
Can someone please give me the balistic co-effiecent and muzzle velocity?
Link Posted: 11/20/2001 3:12:30 PM EDT
I was on a range last week and was hitting targets out to 1000 yards with a 7 mag. Muzzle velocity can be as high as 3000 fps with the 168 gr HPBT Sierras that I load. At least that is what the reloading info says, I havent shot em thru a chrono. BC according to Sierra is about .488 above 2800 fps
Link Posted: 11/20/2001 4:06:40 PM EDT

When you care to send only the very best.

Barnes 160 gr X

Terminal performance better than most 175 gr bullets yet can be handloaded to over 3K fps.

I can not say this is the best "all purpose" bullet but is one of the best big game bullets for the 7 mag.
Link Posted: 11/20/2001 4:19:11 PM EDT
I shot a skunk at 10yrds. last sat. with my 7mm, it exploded very nicely. I use 139gr btsp hornady moly coated.
Link Posted: 11/20/2001 4:27:38 PM EDT
A neat little tid bit about the 7mag.

Shooting at a steel ringer 1 inch thick made out of 4140 air hardening steel that was heated to bright red and allowed to air cool.
The 7mag with 160 gr Sierra spitzers @ 3000 fps penetrated farther at 200yds than GI M2 armor piercing rounds fired from a Garand.

Not really worth much, but kind of neat to know.

Chuck
Link Posted: 11/20/2001 4:30:38 PM EDT
As with any firearm, the best bullet is the one your firearm prefers. I have a Browning A-Bolt Stainless Stalker in 7mm Mag and it likes the Winchester Failsafes in the 165gr variety. I believe the 165gr. is probably one of the best "all around" weights for this caliber.
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