Thank you and I'm very happy with the way it turned out. I'll be honest though, I'm not much of a fan of wood stocked guns and with the exception of a CZ 527, a couple Win model 94's and a few rimfire rifles, this is the ONLY centerfire rifle I have that has a wood stock as all the others have McM, Manners, or HS Prec stocks.SPEEDY wrote:Nice looking LR rig that, I prefer something like that over a super duper you bute tacticool rig.
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I'm still of the opinion that the best sniper rifle ever made was the M40A1, I would love to see one of them bumped up to 338lap for modern extended engagements.
That would really be something to see.
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The NZ Blaser Importer asked me if I wanted to consider that caliber as he also sold the Norma ammunition for it, since I was currently shooting 7mm Rem Mag.
I decided to order a "R8 Professional Success" because I had already built-up this data through reloading my previous Browning X-Bolt 7mm Rem Mag:
- 120g Sierra Pro-Hunter for Long-range rabbits
- 130g Sierra 'MatchKing' for Wallabys
- 150g Barnes TSX for Deer & Tahr
- 162g Hornady Interlocks for Steel.
The purchase of the R8, introduced some changes to my reloading process for the R8 in that:
- I now FULL LENGTH size my Norma brass and
- am about to order a Redding Titanium Nitride bushing
So as a new member, this Forum is providing me with great information, hence my first post.
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I'm finding this really interesting, I have a R8 GRS and semi weight barrel so any load data will be great I'm still using the Norma factory ammo I have but was looking to load Barnes ttsx for mine.
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You did right to take this barrel.
I use that chambering in a Mod. R93. Never shot bullets lighter than 140 grainers (Accubonds), most of my load development was around 160 & 175 grs Nosler Partitions. With these heavy-weights your very rare and in no way popular chambering 7-BM shows its full potential very clearly!
For Starting-loads take the maximum charge of 7mm RemMag data as a beginning. you can go far above that data toostep by step. Interestingly, working up full-house loads this way I got velocities with the 160/175 NoPartition without a problem. Eventually I landed at the same high level as commercial 7mm Wby loadings (home-made 7-Wby will do better with these heavies of course)!
measured velocities are topping the hardest 7mm RemMag loadings by 100-150 fps without any hocuspocus, this means a lot more high-energy-transfer on animals while reaching out, the 175/.284 bullets are extremely gentle rockets. by the way: my best 175 grain hunting load (NosPart) leaves the barrel at 3040 fps and shoots flatter than a 300 Wby with 180 grainers do).
Cannot say, if the chamber pressure in my loads is right on CIP-maximum (maybe), while the case extracts without problems and the primer pocket seems as tight as before I see no problem not doing so. The only bad thing could be the ending of the production for 7-BM brass because this chambering is not a commercial burner as well here in Europe.
Good luck while starting your self-made ammo, with a little patience you could become a very happy 7-BM hunter -
also very important for fitting the ammo in those tight blaser-chambers: always use the same locking-head on your blaser!
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Anymore experience or load development you can share?
Hunt with a German Shorthaired Pointer.
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If I didn't get the big stockpile of brass, for 8$ US per 25 pieces I would have never gone down this rabbit hole. 28 Nosler being more commercially available, and good old 7mm Remington Magnum being fine.
Action is a Zermatt Bighorn Tl3, and I was using it as a 300 Winchester. It never did well in that chambering, as that barrel wasn't very good with most bullets I tried. As it was a cheap Savage pre-fit barrel from Douglas.