A latter day iteration of the Remington Model 7, unfortunately over-scoped.

Remington Model Seven A Perfect Brush Gun


Nick's Remington Model 7 took all manner of game over many years.
Nick’s Remington Model 7 took all manner of game over many years.

Q: I recently bought a secondhand Remington Model Seven CDL in7mm-08 Remington and fitted it with a Leupold 2-7x scope. It is a nice outfit. The brown laminate wood stock is nicely checkered and has a black forend tip. The barrel is only 20″ long, but the gun balances well and groups into 1-14″ with factory ammo. Could you suggest a good handload with a 140gn bullet for deer hunting?

Oliver Hancock

A latter day iteration of the Remington Model 7, unfortunately over-scoped.
A latter day iteration of the Remington Model 7, unfortunately over-scoped.

A: I attended the 1982 Remington Seminar at Pincher Creek, Alberta, Canada where the Model Seven was introduced. The rifle is not a redesigned version of the discontinued 600 series rifle, but a newer, classier carbine. Its action resembles that of the Model 700, at least more than the old 600 series, and replaced the former’s ugly dogleg bolt handle with a gracefully designed one. The Model Sevens we were given to test at the seminar were chambered for the 7mm-08 and fitted with Leupold 1.5-5x Vari-X scopes. The assembled gun writers were given 140gn soft-point loads with which to hunt whitetail deer. Only one hunter out of 30 bagged a deer and it wasn’t me. When I got the rifle home I whumped up some reloads for it. The best group (.90″) was made with the Hornady 139gn spirepoint and 44gn of W-760 which is no longer available. I suggest you use the 145gn Speer SP and try working up from 45 to a compressed charge of 48gn of AR2209, which should give you 2700fps. With the 139gn Hornady, try working up to 43gn of AR2208 for about 2750 fps. You’ve got a handy-dandy rifle for pigs in lignum and deer in wooded terrain.

 

 

 


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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.

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