Many people use the sweet shooting 7mm-08 Remington for hunting deer, elk, and many other species of game with great results. Here are a few outstanding 7mm-08 ammo options that will serve you very well on your next hunt.

The cartridge we now know as the 7mm-08 first came on the scene as a wildcat cartridge descended from the .308 Winchester. Using a .308 case necked down to shoot 7mm/.284″ bullets, the 7mm-08 Remington cartridge has long been a favorite of hunters who want a short action cartridge that offers a good balance of manageable recoil, a relatively flat trajectory, and plenty of killing power on medium sized game.

Not surprisingly, the 7mm-08 cartridge quickly caught on with North American hunters when Remington formally standardized the the cartridge back in 1980 and it remains a favorite to this day.

For that reason, just about every big ammunition manufacturer like Barnes, Browning, Federal Premium, Hornady, HSM, Norma, Nosler, Prvi Partizan (PPU), Remington, Swift, and Winchester produces several different variants of 7mm-08 ammo for hunting deer, bear, elk, and many other big game animals.

While the 7mm-08 Remington excels on deer sized game, it can also be quite effective on bigger game like elk and even moose when using high quality ammunition loaded with premium bullets. The cartridge also has relatively mild recoil and is therefore fairly popular with small framed and/or recoil shy hunters.

It’s important to realize that different hunting situations necessitate the use of different kinds of 7mm-08 ammo for best performance and using the wrong ammunition can lead to disastrous results.

For instance, a mild recoiling load that’s ideal for use on whitetail deer at short range requires would be a terrible choice for use on really big game like elk.

The 7mm-08 Remington can be quite effective on elk and even moose. To be perfectly honest, the cartridge is on the light side for game that size though, so proper bullet selection is critical if you plan on using the 7mm-08 for elk.

Fortunately, hunters now have access to a great selection of controlled expansion 7mm bullets that perform very well on really big game like elk and moose.

Lightweight 120 grain and 125 grain bullets are great for deer hunting, but hunters who use those lighter bullets on larger game will very likely experience issues with poor penetration, especially on steeply quartering shots. For this reason, I strongly recommend using premium quality controlled expansion bullets that are 140 grains or heavier if you plan on using the 7mm-08 Remington for hunting really big game like moose.

Keep all of this in mind when you select 7mm-08 ammo for an upcoming hunt.

Additionally, while they are very accurate and are certainly capable of killing big game animals, I don’t recommend using bullets designed for target shooting like the Sierra MatchKing or Hornady ELD Match for hunting.

This is because target or match bullets usually aren’t designed for optimum terminal performance on big game animals and you may run into issues with poor penetration. 

Instead, it’s best to stick with 7mm-08 Remington ammo specifically designed for hunting that uses soft point, jacketed hollow point, or similar hunting bullets.

Fortunately, there is a wide variety of 7mm-08 factory loads specifically designed for just almost any big game hunting situation. So, regardless of whether you’re using a bolt action a Remington Model 700, a Ruger Hawkeye, a Savage 110, a Tikka T3, a Weatherby Vanguard, or some other hunting rifle, there is pretty much guaranteed to be something for everyone on the list below of the best 7mm-08 ammunition for hunting.