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    I love my 7-08!! Shoots real nice. Would shoot even better if it had a better trigger. Which I plan on addressing

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    Kinda surprised it's that big of a difference.

    I may need one! ha, although I think .280 Rem AI is more likely to come before the 7mm-08.


    Quote Originally Posted by Hilltop View Post
    There is a huge difference in killing power between the two. Just a few numbers to consider.

    7mm-08 with 139 grain sst per hornady site (energy at);
    200 yards - 2040lbs
    300 yards - 1768lbs
    400 yards - 1524lbs

    .243 with 95 grain sst per hornady site (energy at);
    200 yards - 1478lbs
    300 yards - 1217lbs
    400 yards - 992lbs

    The simple answer is you can deliver much more energy on target with very similar trajectory allowing you to cleanly take larger game at longer distances. The .243 is just under the recommended foot pounds of energy for an elk at 200 yards while the 7mm-08 is still over the recommended 1500 lbs of energy at 400 yards.

    The main advantage to the 7mm-08 vs going to one of the cartridges you mention is felt recoil. From 0-400 yards it is delivering plenty of knock down but easier on the shooters shoulder. Not for everyone but a great choice for many...

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    I f***** love my 7mm08, it has taken dozens of hefty WI whitetails, WY mule deer, WY antelope and even a crow (yeah that's right). I will be using it when it comes time to hunt elk. Watched friends get that "western" gun, then blow it when it came time to pull the trigger. I felt the same urge to purchase a new gun for hunting Wyoming, but ended up not. Now I realize, its not the gun that needs to be upgraded. On a side note, a shoulder punch typically results in 140grain SST found inside the skin on the opposite shoulder in perfect mushroom condition.

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    South fork. That's the exact pill I use in mine, over the top of 40 gr. of H4895. Very accurate out to 450 yds

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    I had no experience with the 7mm-08 until I got one for my son. Now I'm finding myself taking it to the range even when he's not going, and I'm biding my time until I can get another one. Great cartridge. I've found good working loads using partitions, gamekings, and ttsx, and good powders for me include varget, h4895, and 4064.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HuskyMusky View Post
    I kind of had the thought recently... what can you do with the 7mm-08 that you can't do with the .243 win??


    Of course the 7mm can be loaded heavier for bigger game, but honestly, personally, if I can't get it done well with the 243, I think I'd move to a bigger cartridge like 270, 280, 30-06...

    nothing against the 7mm-08 though, or 308,
    Kill moose & grizzly bear !!!!

 

 
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