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It was nice this morning, with very little wind so I went out to the 500 yard range to give my new load a try. Winchester brass, Winchester WLR primers, 35 grains of Varget and Hornady 162 grain A-MAX 7MM bullets. These bullets are for a 1-8 twist barrel but they seem to work in my 1-10 twist 7-08 well enough. Five shots from a rest on a table, the first was short by about a foot {my mistake in judging the 69.8 inch drop}
 

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I need to upgrade the scope {500yds is streaching it's limits} but I have not wrung out everything I think the gun is capable of at 500 yet. And I'm still too shakey when I'm on target at 500. I need a better rear rest than a bag of sand too
 

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At 500 yards it is going {approx}1707 FPS and has 1048 FT-LBS energy and has been out of the muzzle .76 sec.
I would not think twice about pulling the trigger on a coyote. Deer, no way, I chose this bullet because of the BC, .625. It is a target bullet and would expand well at ranges to about 200 yards {from my 15" barrel}, but past that, it would be iffy {and I have lighter bullets for deer hunting anyway}. The Lapua Scenar is better for punching paper, but twice the money, and Wildcat Bullets {in Canada} can be had in 7mm with a BC of more than .8 but they are 3X the money
 

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500 yds.??? I can't even SEE 500 yds! Hope you didn't have the target leaned up against the truck when shooting. Just kiddin'...........beautiful gun, and of course.............I'm jealous!
 

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I don't even know where to go to shoot 500 yards! :shock:
 

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I was admiring the group anyway and then scrolled down to see the ordnance used to accomplish it. Great shooting!

"Hope you didn't have the target leaned up against the truck when shooting."

Ha, I hope so too or it appears that you took out at least the bottom tank of the radiator and possibly creased the oil pan.
 
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