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Nick used Speer 160gn Hot-Core in a Mauser 7mm Remington Magnum to take this rusa stag in New Caledonia

Best bullet for the 7mm Remington Magnum

Q: I intend going on an African safari in Namibia. I’m mainly interested in plains game and will take my Remington Model 700 BDL in 7mm Remington Magnum. Do you recommend using a 175gn bullet? If so, can you give me a load for it?

However, if you think another bullet weight would be better, let me know what your choice would be. I’ve been told that shots are often taken at longish ranges in Namibia.

– Trevor George

A: The 175gn bullet is, in my opinion, just too heavy for the 7mm Remington Magnum.

I’ve always claimed the criterion of what any 7mm magnum will do is with a sleek 160gn spitzer bullet, but if I were going back to Namibia I’d choose the 160gn AccuBond and load it over 62gn of AR2213SC for about 3025 fps.

It has a flatter trajectory and more energy left at point of impact at 500 yards and more penetration than does any 175gn bullet.

In building long-range loads for the 7mm magnum, I try to stay as close as possible to .500 in ballistic coefficient and the 160gn AccuBond has .531.

A point to remember is that one does not need the toughest bullet for longer ranges. The velocity has dropped off to the point where the AccuBond does a very fine job of expanding and retains most of its initial weight.




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Nick Harvey

The late Nick Harvey (1931-2024) was one of the world's most experienced and knowledgeable gun writers, a true legend of the business. He wrote about firearms and hunting for about 70 years, published many books and uncounted articles, and travelled the world to hunt and shoot. His reloading manuals are highly sought after, and his knowledge of the subject was unmatched. He was Sporting Shooter's Technical Editor for almost 50 years. His work lives on here as part of his legacy to us all.