Fishnhunt New Zealands main hunting and Fishing Forum. millions of posts on fishing and hunting, dogs, 4x4 vehicles, outdoors and much more Welcome, Guest. Please Login or Register
Page Index Toggle Pages: [1] 2  Send TopicPrint
Normal Topic 7mm08 ammunition (Read 981 times)
708bushhunter
Just Joined
*
Offline


New Zealand's Hunting
and Fishing Forum

Posts: 7
Location: Otaki
Joined: Nov 24th, 2016
7mm08 ammunition
Jul 21st, 2018 at 10:44pm
Print Post  
hey guys after some info on some ammunition for the 708, i understand that every rifle is different an that this question has been asked 100 times over Tongue.
im currently using 139gr horndy sst factory ammo an am shooting out to 400 which is good but i am getting inconsistent grouping with them.
so what im after is some info on a few different rounds that have good knock down power on larger animals (reds/thar) from 10m  out to 400m
cheers any info appreciated
  
Back to top
 
IP Logged
 
X-POACHER-YEAH RYT
Donor Member
*****
Offline


Have you ever hunted Middle
Earth?

Posts: 4423
Location: WELLINGTON
Joined: Jun 3rd, 2008
Gender: Male
Re: 7mm08 ammunition
Reply #1 - Jul 21st, 2018 at 10:55pm
Print Post  
We, several different 7-08 shooters,  have have good consistent results with Federal Blue Box, over the years.
Sometimes it can take a bit of testing different brands/loads to find the best result for a particular rifle.
  

Get as close as you can, then get a bit closer.
Back to top
 
IP Logged
 
jakkos
Forum Senior
****
Offline


There is one stop after
the trigger is pulled

Posts: 564
Location: Waikato
Joined: Sep 27th, 2014
Gender: Male
Re: 7mm08 ammunition
Reply #2 - Jul 22nd, 2018 at 7:35am
Print Post  
I use 139gn sst projectiles and 2208 powder. There are three of us with 708 rifles that i reload for. We have worked up different loads for each rifle. Even though two of the rifles are the same make and model they like a different load. The shortcoming of factory ammunition. Can be quite an exercise to buy differing types of ammunition to find out what works best. Maybe ask someone who reloads to help you out . Wink
  

be good...And careful
Back to top
 
IP Logged
 
Micky Duck
Donor Member
*****
Offline


You shot it..You pluck
it

Posts: 7073
Location: Geraldine South Canterbury
Joined: Dec 5th, 2013
Gender: Male
Re: 7mm08 ammunition
Reply #3 - Jul 22nd, 2018 at 9:04am
Print Post  
what do you call "inconsistant grouping"????
  
Back to top
 
IP Logged
 
mitch23
Full Member
***
Offline



Posts: 439
Location: Mid Canterbury
Joined: Mar 10th, 2013
Gender: Male
Re: 7mm08 ammunition
Reply #4 - Jul 22nd, 2018 at 11:02am
Print Post  
Ive use the humble Remington Corelokt 139 out of a 19 supressed Tikka 708.....if I do my part consistently sub MOA, not massively so but enough so I feel confident saying that.

All the animals have been within 350y.......which is the limit of my confidence without spending time on the range to increase my range/ confidence at greater ranges.
  

It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.
― Theodore Roosevelt
Back to top
 
IP Logged
 
Manchester
Full Member
***
Offline


I Love The FishNhunt Forum

Posts: 127
Joined: Jul 21st, 2013
Gender: Male
Re: 7mm08 ammunition
Reply #5 - Jul 22nd, 2018 at 4:11pm
Print Post  
I use norma 140 grains.

I've used federal 150s and hornsby sst, both which did the job.

I just find that norma seem better,  but there isn't  much in it
  
Back to top
 
IP Logged
 
Chase and Gather NZ
Forum Senior
****
Offline



Posts: 512
Joined: Jul 30th, 2008
Gender: Male
Re: 7mm08 ammunition
Reply #6 - Jul 22nd, 2018 at 8:18pm
Print Post  
all guns shoot different for sure.

hornady eld-x 150gr for me is the best
  

Be fit & be well.
Back to top
IP Logged
 
remmodel7
Forum Senior
****
Offline


I Love The FishNhunt Forum

Posts: 864
Location: Timaru
Joined: Sep 13th, 2011
Gender: Male
Re: 7mm08 ammunition
Reply #7 - Jul 22nd, 2018 at 8:42pm
Print Post  
The hornady white tail is pretty good. Still has ok bc for lead tip and reputable interlock bullet. About 10 to 15 dollars cheaper a box than superformance.
Have shot red stage with it from 50 to 302m so far and nothing has taken more than 2 steps.
  
Back to top
 
IP Logged
 
stagstalker
Donor Member
*****
Offline


Work to go Hunting

Posts: 865
Location: Palmerston North
Joined: Nov 19th, 2011
Gender: Male
Re: 7mm08 ammunition
Reply #8 - Jul 22nd, 2018 at 9:03pm
Print Post  
I shot hornady precision hunter (150gr ELD-X) in my Tikka 7mm08 and it shot touching groups at 100. Furthest kill was a tahr at 600 and closest was a red stag in the bush this year. Both performed well.
  

Sako-Tikka-Lee Enfield-Franchi-Leupold-Black Labrador
Back to top
YouTube  
IP Logged
 
Good keen bloke
Active Member
**
Offline


I love my Tikka T3

Posts: 99
Location: Timaru
Joined: May 1st, 2016
Gender: Male
Re: 7mm08 ammunition
Reply #9 - Jul 22nd, 2018 at 10:08pm
Print Post  
I use to shoot the 139gr sst superformance rounds. I had great accuracy with them but they didn't perform as good as I expected, so learnt how to reload & now use 162gr amaxs with excellent accuracy & performance.
I think you should try precision hunter 150gr eld-x ammo & if they shoot tight your sorted for performance on all game in nz from close range out to 750y.
Otherwise try the hornady American whitetail 140gr, the projectiles are interlocked boat tail soft points which I have had good success hand loading in 162gr for performance on game at close range to 350y in the past.
  

7mil is the ultimate pill
Back to top
 
IP Logged
 
ashfishman
Donor Member
*****
Offline


Always ready to learn

Posts: 5186
Location: Christchurch
Joined: Aug 5th, 2007
Gender: Male
Re: 7mm08 ammunition
Reply #10 - Jul 23rd, 2018 at 9:35am
Print Post  
I use the 139 SST  superperformance load but when the last three boxes of that is used up I'm going to try their Whitetail or Federals Blue Box.
Mums a Dutch jew and Dad was a Scot, so the savings I make matters. Grin
  
Back to top
 
IP Logged
 
Flintlock
Donor Member
*****
Offline



Posts: 6266
Location: Blenheim
Joined: Oct 14th, 2007
Gender: Male
Re: 7mm08 ammunition
Reply #11 - Jul 23rd, 2018 at 3:15pm
Print Post  
I have found Remington Accu tip 140 gr very good , I tried a packet , I used 3 shots to zero the rifle and shot 16 Sika and 1 red with the rest , all the projectiles worked as I prefer bullets to work , good entry and exit wounds and no more than 3 steps , distances were out to 297m on the rangefinder .
Winchester Ballistic silver tips also perform well , but I now stick to my reloads , they are  faster and cheaper . Grin

  

Shooting is the most fun you can legally have with your clothes on .
Proverbs 12:27
The lazy do not roast any game, but the diligent feed on the riches of the hunt.
Back to top
 
IP Logged
 
Micky Duck
Donor Member
*****
Offline


You shot it..You pluck
it

Posts: 7073
Location: Geraldine South Canterbury
Joined: Dec 5th, 2013
Gender: Male
Re: 7mm08 ammunition
Reply #12 - Jul 23rd, 2018 at 6:27pm
Print Post  
hells bells Flintlock.....thats a great endorsement if ever Ive read one. Grin Grin
  
Back to top
 
IP Logged
 
Penguinbait
Full Member
***
Offline


I Love The FishNhunt Forum

Posts: 301
Location: Whangarei
Joined: Jul 15th, 2009
Gender: Male
Re: 7mm08 ammunition
Reply #13 - Jul 24th, 2018 at 8:22pm
Print Post  
Norma is accurate and reliable. 
Have used the superperformance but not yet convinced by the 139SST they use.  Accurate, fast, but on shoulder bone - had a couple of issues.
  
Back to top
 
IP Logged
 
remmodel7
Forum Senior
****
Offline


I Love The FishNhunt Forum

Posts: 864
Location: Timaru
Joined: Sep 13th, 2011
Gender: Male
Re: 7mm08 ammunition
Reply #14 - Jul 25th, 2018 at 8:47pm
Print Post  
Good keen bloke wrote on Jul 22nd, 2018 at 10:08pm:
I use to shoot the 139gr sst superformance rounds. I had great accuracy with them but they didn't perform as good as I expected, so learnt how to reload & now use 162gr amaxs with excellent accuracy & performance.
I think you should try precision hunter 150gr eld-x ammo & if they shoot tight your sorted for performance on all game in nz from close range out to 750y.
Otherwise try the hornady American whitetail 140gr, the projectiles are interlocked boat tail soft points which I have had good success hand loading in 162gr for performance on game at close range to 350y in the past.

Not sure about the other calibres but the Interlock in the 77mm08 are just a flat base not a boat tail.
Bc is a bit different. Mucked me up a bit when I was working my drop chart out
  
Back to top
 
IP Logged
 
Page Index Toggle Pages: [1] 2 
Send TopicPrint
 

FishnHunt - New Zealands Famous Hunting and Fishing Forum Since 1995 » Powered by YaBB 2.6.11!
YaBB Forum Software © 2000-2018. All Rights Reserved.
Site Design By Alan Simmons - PRism and all rights are reserved from 1995 and onwards