Our ballistic calcs arn't synced and 175 smks(1 in 8 1/2 twist recommendation) seems a bit much untill you get into the 7mm magnums with faster twist rates.
Try a 162 amax (.625BC) getting close to 2800 fps on your calculator or a 180gr berger match VLD hunting (.659BC) at around 2500 that is border line pushing it with 1 in 9 twist recommendation.
Don't get me wrong im not bagging on the 6.5 or the 260 just stating that 6.5 creedmoor seems to be the new wonder drug yet in comparison with granpa's 7mm-08 it is like splitting microscopic hairs.
Edit: missed a few posts messing around in JBM... Between AI bringing out an AICS for savages and the barrel swaps its really getting hard to choose platforms anymore not to mention all the scopes that are rummered to soon hit the shelves. Being so anal my head is mush at this point.
Adam Norma is making 7mm-8 brass and like you said 308 lapua is an option, all is good once this bs political climate is done with.
Edit again messed up names.
03-06-2013, 06:10 PM
One thing I have read but am not sure about is that 7mm-08 really needs a 26" barrel or it looses too much velocity.
03-13-2013, 05:19 AM
Can the 175gr SMK be pushed to say 2600-2700fps in the 7mm08? 2500fps sounds really low for that sized case.
03-13-2013, 07:37 AM
I have no first hand experience with the 7-08. I was just looking at the load data on IMR's site. If it can be pushed harder, it might be worth seriously looking at.