My M48 in 7mm-08 just shoots whatever I put in it. Nothing over an inch so far and I am going to move to a new hunting load for the rest of the season. I witnessed how the Accubond did but getting it over 2800fps with my level of accepted accuracy has not happened although you all saw how accurate the Accubond was in the mid 2780fps range.
So I decided to see how fast and accurate I could push a 145gr Speer SBT, keeping it under max. I used Nosler brass, RL-17, 145gr Speer SBT and 210 Fed primers and got and average velocity of 2834fps, extreme spread of 6 and a deviation of 3.74. Not shabby to get 2834fps with no pressure signs pushing a 145gr bullet out of a 7mm-08. I will use this load for the rest of the year and hope I get something to see just how this bullet does it's stuff and how it compares to the Accubond I used to take the three deer I have so far.
Here is the three shot group
Here is some field results from my friend concerning the 145gr Speer SBT which is interesting. (by the way, work up to his load, it is a max load in his rifle).
Mike, the 145 Speer BT is a perfect match for the 7mm08. I have been using it for many years and have taken ELK, Moose, and Deer at ranges that defy logic. My brother used it to take this sheep at 319 yards with a complete pass through. Also, a friend of mind used the 145gr SBT to take a moose at about 250 yards with a complete pass through about 30" of moose that yeilded 875# of meat.
I went to the range last Friday and tested some of the loads that were suggested and also tweaked my load with RL-17. I forgot my shooting bag and had to shoot today using a wadded up shirt and a little piece of styrofoam to support the butt of my stock but I finally got what I want with the 145gr Speer. The H4350 and Varget did not preform velocity wise at all to my satisfaction.
Here is a 10 shot group with two called flyers (the last two on the bottom right of the tail), the best I could do considering my rest.
145gr Speer SBT, 47.1grs of RL-17 (near max for my gun, work up to this) Fed 210 primers and Nosler brass, and COAL of 2.770" moving on average for ten shots at 2917fps. Not the best group but I have what I want in my hunting load for this bullet. Little site adjustment and I have a 245 zero with it being -5" at 310yds.