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"The 7 mm-08 Remington is almost a direct copy of a wildcat cartridge developed around 1958 known as the 7mm/308. As these names would suggest, it is the .308 Winchester case necked down to accept 7 mm (.284) bullets with a small increase in case length. Of cartridges based upon the .308, it is the 3rd most popular, behind only the .308 itself and the .243 Winchester. In 1980, the Remington Arms company popularized the cartridge by applying its own name and offering it as a chambering for their model 788 and model 700 rifles.
This cartridge is relatively inexpensive to reload and very brass-friendly, so that cases tend to last through a succession of reloads, provided excessive breech pressures are avoided.
The 7 mm-08 Remington is generally considered a good choice for handloading. However, the popularity of the cartridge means there is a fairly wide selection of factory-loaded loads, making it a very good choice even for those who do not handload. Bullets weighing from 100 to 175 grains are available, but bullets in the 120-150 grain range are generally preferred and perform best. Medium burning rifle powders usually work best in the 7mm-08.
With the wide range of bullet weights available, the 7mm-08 is suitable for "varminting, game-hunting, silhouette, and long-range shooting." It is also eminently suitable for plains game." For long-range target and metallic silhouette shooting, the "plastic-tipped 162gr A-Max has proven to be very accurate, with an impressive 0.625 BC. This A-Max bullet, and the 150gr Sierra MK (i.e., MatchKing), are also very popular with silhouette shooters."
The 7 mm-08 Remington works well in most hunting environments, including dense forest areas and large open fields. It has a slightly flatter trajectory than the .308 Win. and .30-06 Springfield at similar bullet weights because the slightly smaller-diameter 7mm bullet generally has a better ballistic coefficient, and is thus less affected by drag and crosswind while in flight. Bullet energy at 100 yards is four times greater than that of the .44 Magnum while recoil is only slightly more than the .243 Win.
Wayne van Zwoll of Petersen's Hunting magazine wrote: "Efficient case design and a bullet weight range suitable for most North American big game make the 7mm-08 a fine choice for all-around hunting. Civil in recoil, it's a perfect match for lightweight, short-action rifles. It has also courted favor on metallic silhouette ranges, where its 140-grain bullets reach 500-yard targets faster and with as much energy as 150-grain .308s." He also described it as "deadly" for elk."
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