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7mm projectile advice

02 Nov 2023
@ 12:13 pm (GMT)

Ewen Settle

Hello Nathan and others,

I have a 7mm rem mag, and at some point will be looking to reload.

I hunt mostly (and poorly!) in bush in Nth Island, mainly seeking deer but will take any pig that shows up.

I'm after advice on what would be the best projectile to 'anchor' game on the spot with this round. A local shop stocks 170gr Norma Vulkans and these seem to have a reputation for putting things on the ground.

The places I go, combined with my now 50 year old vision and general shooting ability mean effectively nothing would ever be shot at beyond 300 metres.

I want to shoot as accurately as I can, but am not chasing the tightest groups possible. Definitely not after a target bullet. Any thoughts or advice would be greatly appreciated,


Ewen Settel


07 Nov 2023
@ 04:50 am (GMT)

Daniel Schindler

Re: 7mm projectile advice
Hello Ewen.

For a long list of good reasons, I've been a fan of the 7 Rem Mag for 6+ decades. A wonderful balance of reasonable recoil, great trajectory and dependable terminal energy.

Please consider spending time on this site and in his books reviewing Nathan's bullet recommendations on your 7. As I do and many others, you can trust his long, hands-on experience.

No bullet can guarantee you a DRT result. Some, however, can get closer to that than others. I too have done my research to find and use those bullets. Successfully. In large part relying on Nathan's suggestions.

Respectfully siggesting you keep an open mind on "some" of the Match bullets that do indeed work very well for hunting. My short experience with the Sierra 168 gr TMK (not TGK) in 30 cal has been excellent. I'm in the process of developing a load with the 160 gr TMK for my 7.

You're on the right track Ewen. Take your time and a good load will appear. I hope I've helped some.



07 Nov 2023
@ 05:33 pm (GMT)

Ewen Settle

Re: 7mm projectile advice
Thanks very much for that Dan, very helpful and appreciated.
08 Nov 2023
@ 12:56 pm (GMT)

Daniel Schindler

Re: 7mm projectile advice
You're very welcome Ewen.

Please know...this site holds many good folks who are light years ahead of me on reloading information. All I can share are my somewhat limited experiences. Hard-earned experiences I trust though. What's worked well, what hasn't over the last 6 decades.

If you find a bullet and/or load that appeals to you and you want further comments on that, this is the site to ask for confirmation.

I hope a few others will respond to your good questions.



12 Nov 2023
@ 02:56 am (GMT)

David Black

Re: 7mm projectile advice
I have great success with Berger VLD hunting bullet
12 Nov 2023
@ 08:30 am (GMT)

Nathan Foster

Re: 7mm projectile advice
Hi Ewan, of the currently readily avialable factory ammo options, you might want to try the Hornady 162gr SST. This bullet does shed quite a bit of weight in close but wounding is broad to say the very least. Velocity of the Hornady Superformance ammo is very high and helps to encourage nervous trauma at close to moderate ranges which also helps to generate fast kills. If you have not already done so, give it a try and see how you get on.

For handloading, I will suggest a few options taking the current supply shortages / costs into consideration.

Option 1. Learn to hand load with the Speer 160gr flat base soft point Hotcor (regarding Red deer) as well as the 160gr Nosler Partition. Use the Hotcor to learn how to reload and develop an initial load, then trial the more expensive Partition. This approach allows you to learn at a moderate cost and then trial a truly excellent Red deer bush bullet (these days completely overlooked). If you have no luck with accuracy using the expensive Partition (or if you run out), you can fall back to the Hotcor as this is a very good Red deer / boar bullet in its own right. The Hotcor has mild bonding but not so much as to inhibit performance (energy transfer). The time spent with this cheaper bullet will also allow you to experiment through the load spectrum, understanding that while some rifles have minimum spec chambers and that all should be loaded with great caution (as per the manuals), others have generous specs and require careful experimentation to get up to the 3000 to 3100fps bracket this cartridge is capable of as per the Hornady SF factory loading.

Option 2. try a bonded bullet such as the 154gr Interbond or 160gr to 175gr Accubond. This can be a useful approach when using a magnum at close ranges, the bullet dumping all of its energy while retaining up to 75% weight depending on what it encounters.

Option 3. If you liked the performance of the Hornady SF factory load, then you might simply want to duplicate it with a hand loaded SST. Certainly a good option for Sika and it will set you up nicely if you start to take an interest in range work / accuracy while hand loading and decide that you would like to try shooting to somewhat longer distances.

Regarding the Vulcan, performance is very similar to the SST when used in a magnum at close ranges. About the only major difference is that the Vulcan sheds velocity quickly. Great in close but it does tend to suffer some drop and drift if you need to shoot ridge to ridge. The Vulcan does not produce more penetration than a bonded bullet. The blunt nose may help to discourage deflection from twigs and leaves. Having said this. a bullet tip needs to be near full bullet diameter in order to minimize deflection.

Hope that helps a bit. All the best.
15 Nov 2023
@ 12:11 pm (GMT)

Ewen Settle

Re: 7mm projectile advice
Thank you Nathan and others.

This is been very helpful, and I really appreciate it.

Kind regards,

Ewen Settle.


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