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Deer Hunt

Post by J. Riekers » Sat Dec 31, 2011 8:23 pm

This is a field report much more so than a hunt report. I've been guiding clients and assisting with culling on a large TX ranch. Not a lot of "hunting", moreso being still, quiet and scent free and making good shots. Anyway, the load we have settled on for the 7mm-08 is the 150 grain Swift Scirocco at 2700 fps MV. My rifle has taken 9 deer now (7 clients used it and I shot two myself) and Ricky has taken 2 deer with his rifle, same exact load. From 100 pounds to 185 pounds animal weight and from 60 yards to 214 yards the bullet performance is outstanding. Slightly over-sized entry holes and exit holes like a half-dollar when lung shots are taken. All of the deer dropped immediately or within sight and those that moved even a little left large blood trails. I really like this loading for deer sized game and smaller!
Side note: The rifle is a T/C Icon Limited Edition. It shoots half-inch 5 shot groups at 100 yds and wears a Leupold VX-3 3X9.
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Re: Deer Hunt

Post by 81police » Sun Jan 01, 2012 6:22 pm

J.,

That top deer is a nice heavy antlered buck. I've also heard great things about the 7mm-08. Where we hunt the .270Win, .300WinMag, and .257 Weatherby Mag are used. Most shots between 100-200 yards.

Great pics! Thanks for sharing.
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Re: Deer Hunt

Post by imfuncity » Sun Jan 01, 2012 8:12 pm

Indeed. Last night after reading your story and a bit of research, I was very tempted by a 7mm-08; but alas, turned it down as I STILL have not started reloading. :oops:

(Note to self: you got the gear, RELOAD this year!)
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