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Cast Bullets for 7mm-08
« on: December 08, 2014, 09:04:22 pm »
Help!!!!

Made the mistake of taking the Senior Minions to the gun show in Birmingham last weekend, and while they had a blast, (as in "Oh. My. Lord.  It's like Christmas, but with guns!") they did hit me with a question that I had no answer for.

They had found a Lee 2-cavity/.284 dia/130 gr. bullet mould, and asked me if it would work in their rifles (they both shoot 7mm-08).  I told them that it would, indeed, work in their guns, but that I had no clue where to start on load data.  Bought the mould, just to humor them, and promised that I would see what I could do.

Looking for a load that will work on deer or hogs (in the 150-200 lbs. range, we ain't looking to take down Hogzilla) out to 100 yards or so, and without requiring huge scope adjustments.  Moderate amounts of Kentucky windage will be acceptable, after some practice, I think.

These girls are pretty serious shooters, and can, on demand, deliver a sub-MOA group from a sandbagged rest at 100 yards.  I'm really hoping that I can find a 2-2.5 MOA load with cast bullets, just to give them something to practice with.  And because they believe that Papa can do anything, and I'd like to stave off the disappointment as long as possible. :)

[bragging mode on] Got several compliments at the gun show on their manners and safe gun handling.  One dealer said "They did well.  Probably the safest gun handlers I've seen all day." [bragging mode off].
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    Re: Cast Bullets for 7mm-08
    « Reply #1 on: December 08, 2014, 09:32:24 pm »
    I have the Lyman Cast Bullet Handbook 4th edition, and it is the best reference I have found for cast bullets.  It does have a listing for 7mm-08, but they only list Lyman molds and there lightest is 135 grs.  I was surprised to see that my Lee book does not list any cast bullets for 7mm-08.  Hope that helps a little.
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    Re: Cast Bullets for 7mm-08
    « Reply #2 on: December 08, 2014, 11:10:41 pm »
    Wouldn't that be more ideal for a 7-30 Waters?
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    Re: Cast Bullets for 7mm-08
    « Reply #3 on: December 08, 2014, 11:38:46 pm »
    It would be great for a 7/30 Waters.  Unfortunately, both the Senior Minions are shooting 7mm-08s, and are looking for a plinking load that will do double duty as a deer/pig load.  Add to this is the fact that they think Papa can do anything (and I'm reluctant to discourage them; that'll happen soon enough).

    I'm heading out tomorrow to get the Lyman book, and I'll see what I can do.

    Thanks for the advice!
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    Re: Cast Bullets for 7mm-08
    « Reply #4 on: December 08, 2014, 11:55:52 pm »
    Try to look at a variety of other manuals as well.  I have been very disappointed with the Lee manual, it has lots of loads more than most manuals, but they don't cover some of the bullets they sell molds for.  This is a gas check mold right?  I tried to find some load data on Lee's site, but no joy.  I have had good luck with finding John Taffin's load data on line for handguns, but I am super cautious of ANY load data I find online. 

    IIRC John Barsness a writer for Guns Magazine is a big fan of the 7mm-08, and handloads a lot.  You might try and look at his writing for some starting places.
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    Re: Cast Bullets for 7mm-08
    « Reply #5 on: December 09, 2014, 01:57:24 am »
    I don't have a full power load for that particular bullet, but I have a really great reduced load. 

    8.5 grains of Red Dot to start, working your way up  toward a MAX of 10.0 by tenths.  The best accuracy seems to be around 9 grains +/-. 

    Although it will certainly kill deer or hog, it is more or less on the 25-20 level with all the limitations thereof.  I've never clocked it, but  I doubt it does 1500fps.

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    Re: Cast Bullets for 7mm-08
    « Reply #6 on: December 10, 2014, 01:33:36 am »
    I was thinking tonight and remembered cast boolits  http://castboolits.gunloads.com/cmps_index.php  I linked to this site looking for a way to harden up larger quantities of soft lead with RotoMetals super hard alloy.  I did a quick search for 7mm-08 and came up with this thread.  I think this guy is useing a similar mold to the one you are wanting to use.
    http://castboolits.gunloads.com/showthread.php?228395-7mm-08-hunting-amp-subsonic-loads

    A search on there site for 7mm-08 came up with approx 2500 threads.
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    Re: Cast Bullets for 7mm-08
    « Reply #7 on: December 10, 2014, 01:43:39 am »
    I can see that cast boolits is going to soak up all the time I will let it. 

    In the seven min between the last post and this I learned something that is going to cost me some time.  I was doing it wrong and did not know it.

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    Re: Cast Bullets for 7mm-08
    « Reply #8 on: December 10, 2014, 02:39:39 pm »
    Yeah, that's gonna be a time sink, for sure.  Thanks! (I think).
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    Re: Cast Bullets for 7mm-08
    « Reply #9 on: December 10, 2014, 04:33:32 pm »
    Yeah, that's gonna be a time sink, for sure.  Thanks! (I think).

    I think is right!

    I waste so much time on learn so much from that site.
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