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    Agreed Gr8bawana. I've read you can load down in bullet weight when using cooper though, like the Barnes Bullets.

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    Is it brand new? clean it...shoot it...

    I'd probably find a few 160gr loads and see if any of those go MOA or less.

    I think the 7mm RM and 160grs is the ideal combo, 1 bullet for everything. although a premium 150 or 140 bullet could also work.

    good luck!

    is the scope tight etc... everything else tight?

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    I guess it will get expensive but the gun should do better than what you found so far. I would try some nosler premium. My guess is its just gonna come down to what that gun likes and it will be pure luck if its a 140 or 150 or 160
    Do you know what Jim Bridger said about the Indians? " Just when your not seeing any is about the time they are fixing to get the thickest"

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    When it comes down to it your rifle might not be able to shoot that 1/2" group at 100 yards. This is nothing to be scared of, consider it a hunting rifle and 1" to 2" groups are still going to kill that animal out to 400 yards if you do your job.

    Some rifles just don't shoot well. It might just need a bedding job on the action and barrel or some other technical repairs to get it to where it will shoot that magical 1/2" group with any ammo.
    If you don't care where you are, you are not lost....

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    I'd try some 140 and 160gr Accubonds. I have shot a bunch of rifles for people and have had better luck getting Accubonds or Ballistic tips to shoot than anything else. They don't always work, but do more often than not. Sierra Gamekings have been pretty darn good to.

    Honestly though if a 300yd whitetail is the goal the 1.5" group is fine. Buy more of the cheaper bullets, practice more with them from field positions, and you will be better off than chasing a half inch group off the bench.

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    My Win model 70, 7MM Mag wouldn't pattern worth a crap with 139 or 150 grain bullets. VP here at work is hard core reloader and very knowledgeable. He suggested bigger bullet for the 7MAG.

    So I picked up Hornady's Precision Hunter in 162 gr ELD-X.

    Wow! What a difference!

 

 
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