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7mm-08 question???

Discussion in 'Hunting, Fishing & Camping' started by lomfs24, Dec 18, 2004.

  1. lomfs24


    Apr 19, 2003
    My wife is most likely going to start elk hunting with me next year with a rifle. I have heard good things about the 7mm-08. Good ballistics, decent recoil etc...

    Anyone here have one? Or carry one for hunting? Thoughts comments suggestions?

  2. tjpet


    May 14, 2001
    Utah-Idaho border
    Good little cartridge. A shorter, hotter version of the old standby 7x57. I've owned two - and they killed well - but eventually sold them as I already had a stable of non-mag 7mm's that offered similar performance.

    For my money I'd get a .260 Remington. Accurate, less recoil, and it kills all out of proportion to it's bore size. A small caliber BG round that gets the job done neatly and efficiently. Plus it's a handloader's dream if you want to experiment with a variety of propellents or bullets.

  3. My 7mm-08 has done well on MN whitetails shooting 150 grain federals. I know people that have taken black bears with it and I am sure elk have fallen to it. I would stay with the 7mm08 over the 260 rem since there will be more bullets and more powder to drive them compared to the 260. Of course the 6.5 x 55 swede which is awfully similar to the 260 has killed many moose in europe so a 260 is not a total sin. My summary - if elk is on the table, go bigger and stay with 7mm08 or 308 win. Just limit the time she practices on the bench where you get beat up more.
    Happy hunting.
  4. MarkCO

    MarkCO Millennium Member CLM

    Dec 21, 1998
    I'd stick with the 7mm-08. It is an effective caliber for elk. I'd want to go with the 160 grain slugs for sure, and well constructed ones. I really like my 7mm-08 and use it for deer and antelope. It is a well accepted caliber and ammo is less expensive and more available than the other calibers in the .26" to .28" range. If you reload, consider the Nosler Accubond or the Scirocco bullet. Both have very good BCs so you will retain more energy and are effective well made hunting bullets.
  5. lomfs24


    Apr 19, 2003
    Thanks for all the help everyone. I will have to go shopping and see what I can get for what price.
  6. paynter2

    paynter2 It ain't over Millennium Member

    Apr 25, 1999
    upper mid-west
    Maybe more bullets - but more powder to drive them with? I thought that both the 7mm-08 and 260 Rem were built on the .308 case (as is the .243 Win)- powder capacity should be the same.
  7. WalterGA

    WalterGA Millennium Member

    Jan 26, 1999