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Hi. New to the forum here. Thanks for maintaining this wealth of info. After parting with a 7mm TCU back in the early 80s, I'm finally back into the fold with an Encore 15" 7mm-08 I just ordered. I have been using Google to find what load data I can, with mixed results. I have some Accurate 5744, and IMR 4895 powder on hand. I was wondering if anyone had any other suggestions for a "go to" powder I should try. I will be using it for anything from longer range varmint to deer size game, as well as plinking, target, etc. Thanks in advance.

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I’ve found that H4895 and a 120 gr Nosler BT, as suggested by a friend, to be what my 15” 7/08 really likes.


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Thanks! I'll check into that. Thats one of the more prevalent I've seen listed.
 
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More often than not a good rifle load works as well.
I shoot the same 308 load in rifle and pistol.
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Thanks Jeff! I wasn't sure whether the shorter length pistol barrel would make a difference. I picked up 3 lbs of H4895 tonight. Looking forward to setting this up.
 
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I shoot H4895 in my XP-100 in 7-08. Initially back in the 80's I was shooting loads from a manual that showed data for 14" pistols which were somewhat reduced from the rifle loads. When I got my chronograph and ran these loads across it I was disappointed with the velocities. They were a couple of hundred fps below what the book was saying from a 14" barrel. I started upping the charge. When I got up to the rifle charge weights the velocities were now where the should have been from a 14' barrel. Currently shooting a 140gr partition right at 2500fps. Just go with the rifle data in the event you see data listed for pistols that is different than rifles. my 2¢

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just don't get crazy on the contender frame- encore ok
 
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Ernie recommended H4895 to me yrs ago. I load it in my 15” 7-08 encore with great results.

I started at 40.0gr with 120gr nbt and killed a small deer at 200ish yards with that load. I then worked up to 41.5gr. Shot good all the way. I think it works well. Have shot groups 1/2”-1” @100.

Varget gets good reports but i havnt needed to try anything other than the H4895 with that bullet.


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thanks for the input! I'm learning lol
 
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I've had two 15" Encore barrels and one 15" XP-100 in 7mm-08....all three liked between 40.0 and 41.0 grs. of Varget and CCI BR-2 primers under 130 gr. bullets.


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Thanks Ike!
 
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I run IMR 4064 in my Striker under 140 Seirra's , H4895 also shoots good .


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Thanks! I've jumped in with both feet...I've got enough H4895 now, I have some molds and lead ingots on the way as well. Smile
 
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Thanks! I've jumped in with both feet...I've got enough H4895 now, I have some molds and lead ingots on the way as well. Mailman used to get mad when I'd get my .45 and 9mm casts from Missouri Bullet. He's not gonna like 66 lbs of ingots Smile
 
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Thanks! I've jumped in with both feet...I've got enough H4895 now, I have some molds and lead ingots on the way as well. Smile

My 7-08 like the Lyman 160 Silhouette over IMR 30-31 . Ive tried H4895 with promising results , just need some more load development. I have the 150 Hunter mold from NOE , just have to cast some bullets and head to the range .
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Thanks, I have the Lee soup can mold on its way, as well as a production pot, gas checks. Ive reloaded plenty of .45 and 9mm on my Dillon Progressive, but this will be the first time doing a caliber like this. Now to figure out which press to get. FedEX is showing that my Encore is on the truck for delivery to my FFL. I'm stoked.
 
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John, Welcome to SP. thumbup I've got a 7-08 in XP and it's become one of my go to guns for deer hunting. Unfortunately, I didn't get a deer w/ it this year. I've killed 6 whitetail deer w/ it using a number of different bullets from 120-140 grains. All my loads use either W/W or Hornady brass and Rem 9 1/2 primers. I use H4895 w/ 120 gr Nosler and 120 gr Sierra spire point bullets. I use Varget w/ 120 gr Barnes TTSX, 130 gr Speer Hot Cor and BTSP and 140 gr NBT bullets. I really like the 120 Sierra and NBT bullets so far. I think you'll like the 7-08. thumbup


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Thanks for all the input. Thanks Gary. Ive got the trigger down to 3 1/2 lbs from almost 7, with a BellM spring kit. I should have everything I need to start reloading next week. In the meantime I picked up some factory ammo, hoping to shoot early this coming week. Im also looking for an XP-100.
 
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I the 1980’s I had a 7-08 and with a 140 gr. Is safe start at 40grs. WW748 .015 settled off the lands not knowing how long your throat is.
748 was the go to powder of the early 80’s
and very flexible in bullet weights
Important. When you go up in bullet weights all
Ways go down in powder charge. Stay with the primers you start with in development
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I’ve found that H4895 and a 120 gr Nosler BT, as suggested by a friend, to be what my 15” 7/08 really likes.



This...... killed a doe at 100yds deader than a hammer with this combo this year in a 15” Encore 7-08. I love this round!


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I've had great results with BLC2 in my 15" MGM 7-08 barrel.


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