7MM Rem Mag

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  1. whitetailnut

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    I'm going to S.A. for plains game in May, and am trying to decide on which ammo I should use. I'm thinking I'm going to bring my trusty Rem 700 7mm Rem mag. I do not have the time or patience to reload, so I'll be going with factory loads. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
     
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    First off, congrads on the trip over in May!
    A far as ammo suggestions, I think a good starting point would be something in 175gr. Nosler Partition, Woodleigh, Barnes or North Fork would be my pick but all comes down to which round your rifles shoots best.
     
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    Thank's for the reply, heading to Kwa-Zulu Natal and am super pumped! I have always shot the cheaper Federals in 150 grain.
     
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    Those may do fine, but there are probably better choices. You might take a look at Barnes Triple Shock loads in 140 or 150. I will be taking a handloaded .284 Win in June using the 140gr Triple at 3000fps. Its a reliable bullet. But if you have faith in the loads you have been using go with them, if any doubt get something with a little better bullet. Bullets are not the place to save money. Africa is a long ways away and most cannot afford to go there every year.
     
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    Completely agree! I'm partial to the Barnes TSX, but that is because my rifle shoots them so well. I shoot the cheaper stuff for practice, but always sight in and hunt with the good stuff.
     
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    Also, the PH recommends taking both soft point and non expanding(for smaller game). Any one know where to start in trying two loads which will shoot the same?
     
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    I don't know what to tell you other than get out there with both and see what happens. I know that Barnes makes soft points and solids for something like the 375 H&H that they say have the same POA. I just looked on ammoseek.com and didn't see anything similar for the 7 mag, although that doesn't mean it doesn't exist.

    Someone else may know more....
     
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    You don't list what your species list is so it's somewhat difficult to recommend a particular load. Being you're not a handloader, I'd be looking at whatever factory loads the Barnes TSX/TTSX or Swift A-Frames. With their high weight retaining characteristic, I'd shoot them in 160gr to take advantage of the higher speed vs. the 175gr options.

    Don't know of a factory solid in this caliber for use on the small stuff.
     
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    The main species I'll be after are Kudu, Nyala, Impala, Warthog, Duiker. Depending on how things go, may end up in Limpopo for Gemsbuck, Blesbuck, Springbuck and Hartebeest
     
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    I would go with the Barnes 160gr. TSX or TTSX. Great bullet that has proven itself over and over again
    Good luck and looking forward to your hunt report!
     
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    Myself and my two sons went in May 2011. Two of us were using Rem 700 BDL's. We used Barnes 160 grain Triple-Shock's. They performed Very well. Two Wildebeest two Kudu one Gemsbok two Warthogs two Impala two Springbok and one Zebra. All were one shot kills. One thing I would suggest is to put in a lot of practice on the sticks. If you have never used them before they take a little time to get consistent groups. You know what they say it's not so much what you shoot but SHOT PLACEMENT. You will have a great time. We are planing to go back asap. Looking forward to your report and pics.
     
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    With Kudu and Nyala on the menu, my recommendation is still the same. I've shot a number of elk with 160gr Partitions, the same weight in TTSX/TSX or A-Frame will suit you well. Buy a box of both go with the more accurate and hunt with confidence.
     
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    I used a custom 7 Rem Mag last year with 160 grain Nosler Accubonds. I shot a total of 17 animals from a zebra to duiker. All were one shot kills except the gemsbok. It took three in the boiler room. One kudu was a bang flop at 125 yards.
     
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    +1, probably the best choice. I still like the 160 Accubonds too.
     
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    I have had good luck with both the 140 gr and 160 gr accubonds out of my Rem 7 mag. Both shoot just under an inch at 100 yds. Have taken several different kinds of deer out to 400 yds. all with one shot kills. Meat damage is a little less with the 160's most likely because of lower speeds. Can't speak as to bullet performance as I haven't recovered any yet. As has been stated before, buy and try several different loads and go with what works best in your gun.
     
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    160's with a well constructed bullet. Penetration is everything. TSX and family will likely give you pass throughs out to 300 yards in a 160. That is a very good thing, where a drop of blood buys your trophy. Even African trakers need help occasionally and that exit wound can save a lost animal. And plus one on the advice to practice off sticks before you get there. It will take about three range sessions to get comfortable - you don't want to OJT on live game.
     
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    x2 I always say stick with barnes.
     
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    What kind of damage was done to the duiker?
     
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    I used the accubonds in my .300WSM last year and they all preformed flawlessly. For a small game bullet you may want to look for a target style bullet... Don't know how many factory loadings there are for it.

    I would grab a box or 2 of factory loads in the heavier for caliber bullets in the premium range, TSX, Partition, Accubond, etc..
     
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    I was told that if I want to shoulder mount the duiker to shoot him well behind the shoulder. The shot was a little over 200 yards and the exit hole was the size of my fist.
     

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