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Well, I finally got my 7mm TCU project finished. Its an older frame, with a 21" factory 7mm TCU barrel. The scope is a Burris Compact 3-9x32AO in Zee rings. Entire package weighs less than 6lbs, and so far averages around 1-1.5" with 130gr fireforming loads. I haven't started working up any hunting loads, but I feel confident the gun will do sub-MOA groups.

Now, all I have to do is teach the girlfriend how to shoot it, and we'll be ready for her first deer season!


 

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Neat rifle. What bullets will you be using for deer? I ask because the 7 TCU is a small cartridge and to maintain good bullet performance you'll need to choose a bullet soft enough to open easily on deer at the lower TCU velocities. Out of your rifle I'm not certain what the speeds will be, but for a 120-grain bullet I'd guess at ca. 2400 fps. Most of the heavier 7mm bullets are designed for the higher velocities of the magnums, so a choice of lighter, soft bullets like the Nosler Ballistic Tip is a good idea. You may already be aware of all this, but for the benefit of others who are not....
 

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I'l be sticking with 120gr bullets for deer, either a Sierra SP or a Nosler BT. I'll keep ranges under 75 yards, which should provided for good expansion and adequate penetration.
 

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Jason;

glad to see that you got your TCU all together...i have that exact combo, also with the 21" Factory barrel, and Rynite stocks, but topped mine with a 2x7 Nikon. Makes for a darn fine rifle. Mine is fond of the Hornady 120 spire points and is sure nice to shoot as compared to some of the bigger "beat you senseless" barrels!
 

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120 Nosler BT's

120 gr Nosler BT's have done a fine job for me on deer in a 14 inch barrel so I believe they would do a great job from a 21 inch barrel.
 

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Speaking of "beating you senseless barrels", I just bought a .375 Winchester barrel. 220gr bullets at 2000fps out of a 5.5lb rifle should be a lot of fun!!

I really like the set up, but I may end up buying a set of walnut stocks. That is, if I can find a set for a decent price...
 

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I also had a .375 for a while in a carbine...makes for quite a woods-thumper. I didnt seem to shoot it as much as my other "woodswalkin" barrels, a .35 Rem & a custom shop .445 Supermag (that one really hurts!) but if i remember correctly the .375 was slightly more accurate than the other 2.
 
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