I am currently building a 1974 remington 700bdl chambered in 7mm. Everyone says used 160gr accubond but they are absolutely no where to be found. I currently have 50 projectiles. So with that being said what's the next best thing not wanting to go over 160gr this is first and foremost a hunting rifle any help would be greatly appreciated...
For Georgia-sized animals I've consistently found that the 120gr 7mm bullets kill faster than all the heavier weight bullets do. They also kill larger animals well. They are much shockier than the heavier bullets and stuff tends to fall over quicker.
For elk sized animals all the bullets that beretzs mentioned are good.
Of coarse many things have changed in recent years, and im not sure that i fully understand why that is in some areas.
Many years ago when i was younger there were far fewer bullet makers, and much less confusion about what to use.
Yet very few of the animals shot didnt die, and by and large they died very quickly.
The old rule was that the faster a bullet shed its velocity, the faster it killed.
Which means that light fast traveling bullets kill quicker than the heavier slower ones.
But then we can get into arguments over things like meat damage also.
Ive been using 162 grain match grade bullets in my large case 7 mms for more than fifty years.
I still have a stash of about 800 of them, enough for my great grandkids for their lifetime as well.