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Thread: Dialing the 7mm-08

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    Dialing the 7mm-08

    Raising binos at the sound above I caught glimpses of a Falcon through gaps in the fog, my lofty position would give me away and a closer swoop a better view of its talents, but it carried on.
    An hours good walk ago, through mature Beech in the foggy pitch black, I wondered how long fog would hang around today and often think how cruelly it whisps around to confuse rangefinders and obscure feeding deer at the precise moments trigger pressure is applied.
    Having lost plenty of Deer to fog helped determine my choice of rifle and caliber for this day, light and easy to poke around, and easy to shoot, - the 7mm-08. The 7mm 140g NBT @ 2900fps give or take always performs, finish it off with a VX3 in 4.5-14-40 with a CDS elevation turret and you lift its purpose to 'dual'

    Soft butt on hard rock is a constant bane of the 'sit and wait' guys and fortunately gaps in the low fog allowed me to lie down and focus on the rapidly clearing view and although not a cold morning the deer in the eastern Kaweka front country mostly stick to the habit of warming up/drying out in the little creek/ gully heads, and this day was no exception.

    Below two Sika hinds nibbled left and right as they slowly moved in and out of view, the heart races as the rifle is set up in the right direction and a bit of maths applied to 'Bulletflight' 598 yards, 28.20 inhg pressure, 19.9deg shot angle, 15 Celsius and no wind. I needed 12.3 moa for the shot, 12 and one click was going to be it, an impact velocity of 1762 fps ok for Sika.

    The retrieve involves a clamber (nice with a light little rifle) around to the top of the target area and dropping down to collect, 5 minutes into the descent had me watching its mate, another hind, suspicious, and unaware of what curiosity did to the cat

    7mm-08 and 30yrd hind


    Reaching the first deer it was clear she had suffered in this years drought

    Drought stricken hind




    Interestingly I had intended to bush stalk if the fog persisted and was lucky when the visibility cleared, luck shone again when the light pointy rifle made an easy shot at 30yrds, wonderful what a dual purpose rifle can do.
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    Thanks for that sweet report, better than dagging sheep I bet.
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    Well written. Good stuff 7mm

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    Cheers for posting 7mm :thumbup:

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    A word smith you are,Nice story 7mmsaum there are not enough of them comming into the forum.I bet that sako 85 finn light in 7mm 08 come's into the shoulder like a match made in Heaven!!! and to top it all off you have a loupy to look thru
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    Quote Originally Posted by Neckshot View Post
    A word smith you are,Nice story 7mmsaum there are not enough of them comming into the forum.I bet that sako 85 finn light in 7mm 08 come's into the shoulder like a match made in Heaven!!! and to top it all off you have a loupy to look thru
    Yes, the Sako's fit like a glove and the Leupy is a great scope for the money, it might not be the highest end bit of kit in the universe but it works, and works well.

    It's easy to underestimate the value of the Alumina scope caps, they keep those lenses clear regardless of the weather, flipping them open in prep for a shot becomes as automatic as closing the bolt.
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    Alumina caps are the best end of story

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    Quote Originally Posted by BRADS View Post
    Toby is the best end of story
    Fixed
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    Quote Originally Posted by BRADS View Post
    Toby is a pest end of story
    Now its fixed!

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    Haha

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    Quote Originally Posted by 7mmsaum View Post

    It's easy to underestimate the value of the Alumina scope caps, they keep those lenses clear regardless of the weather, flipping them open in prep for a shot becomes as automatic as closing the bolt.
    I wish! I have stuffed up oodles of animals because of scope caps. Still wouldn't be without them tho.
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    But they could be a lot better.

    Who has a bright idea to get the rubber eye piece out of my vx3?

    It lost its rubber long ago and i have so far failed to remove it, next step was heat but nervous about application of heat to ally glass and seals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by veitnamcam View Post
    But they could be a lot better.

    Who has a bright idea to get the rubber eye piece out of my vx3?

    It lost its rubber long ago and i have so far failed to remove it, next step was heat but nervous about application of heat to ally glass and seals.

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    Excellent result 7mmsaum. That skinny hind must have had a bloody hard summer
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    Righto.

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