Hand Loading Nosler e-Tips for the 7×57 Mauser – Prep for A Montana Deer Hunt By Ed Hale

I have a friend Oliver whose wife Mary is an avid hunter along with him. She shoots the .308 Winchester and she shoots the 7×57 Mauser. Honestly, I have never owned a 7×57 Mauser but it shoots sweet and kicks little. She loves the Cartridge. I understand why. In Africa hunters killed everything with it! Sort of like the 7mm-08 Winchester.

I came by opportunity to shoot the 7×57 because Oliver found it was impossible to find fully loaded rounds with the Nosler e-Tip Gilding Copper bullets.

I was testing the Nosler e-tips for Nosler and had some to load for her and get her feedback on them. They are hunting Montana next week so I was happy to help them with hand loading.

My experience with Nosler e-Tips is significant and had 7 mm 150 grain heads on hand. The ballistic coefficient is .427 and can reach out even at modest velocities. Years ago my friend reloaded but not recently so he gave me the Dies to reload the 7×57. It was a straightforward reload but I had to trim the once fired cases. I deprimed and tumbled them to give them some shine and clean them up. Since they are spending big dollars I took my time hand loading and hand weighing each round to within a 10th of a grain. The powder recommended by  Nosler was H4831sc which I had in my powder locker. e-tips are not recommended to shoot at more than moderate velocities, accordingly I chose to shoot a starting load that was the most accurate for the whole of the powders I could choose. I chose seating depth to where the cannelure was on the bullet. Muzzle velocity according to the Nosler manual was a modest 2408 fps.

Adjusting for the first shot which was 7 inches to the right, I placed 2 rounds at .5/8 inch apart then we moved to 150 yards and placed the 3rd shot right next to the other 2. That was enough to prove the rounds accuracy was excellent for hunting. Now Mary should be able to shoot these as well at the range tomorrow and save rounds for the hunt. This cartridge has a Max Point Blank Range of 235 yards and will stay in a plus or minus 3 inch radius to that distance without changing the aim point. If needed the shooter can adjust the aim point beyond that distance and shoot out to 300 yards with an 11 inch bullet drop provide the wind is accounted for at 10 inches lateral with a 10 mph wind. Here a very steady rest is needed. Good Hunting to them!

In the mean time I am almost packed for my southern deer hunt with .243 Winchester and 7mm Remington Magnum both shooting e-Tips.

See the result of our hunts in 2 weeks…Happy Blood Trails to You! © 2015


How much venison will your deer produce? Quality? by Ed Hale

All else being equal, you are successful like we all hope you are, and kill your deer. Congratulations!

Now take it to a deer meat cutter, aka butcher. Or cut it yourself as I have done. What can you expect? There are many ways to estimate the amount of meat you will get. The measuring tape method is widely used at or near the time of kill. A chart (see website below) was produced with data collected by the Pennsylvania State University-Department of Science, and the Pennsylvania Game Commission-Division of Research.


By measuring the chest girth you can come up with an estimate of your deer’s live weight. You can use a string too, and then measure the string. Also, if you know the dressed weight, you can come up with the amount of freezer meat as well. Many NH registration stations have a weight scale. If you know the dressed weight then using the chart at the website you know the amount of approximate meat you will get provided your shot or shots did not ruin any quantity of meat.

Some quick stat’s: 40% loss is a round estimate

Dressed Wt (lb) Meat Wt (lb) ratio meat to dressed wt
60 38 63.3%
100 57.5 57.5%
120 67.3 56.1%
150 83.3 55.5%



The Quality question; how fast did the deer succumb to the shot? Immediate? 2 hours? 10 hours? What? How far did it run after the hit? 100 yards? 500 yards?

A deer that succumbs (is killed) immediately within minutes is the best you can possibly achieve and is immediately retrieved and gutted to cool the surrounding meat will produce the best tasting venison. This is so because there was little time for the deer’s system to react to the wound e.g. fever, hormones, adrenaline etc which produce the heavy gamy tastes.

A while back I killed two Pennsylvania deer with bow and arrow that died within a few minutes and the deer ate the best greens and corn later in summer. My wife was so impressed with the lack of gamy flavor and the tenderness of the meat that she demanded I go back and get more the following year. Of course I complied, happily!

In the case of a big older buck that has been chasing does for a month, you are likely to have gamy and tougher meat any way because his body is full of hormones and in some cases loses weight because he is so concentrating on reproduction that he is not eating. Yes all that for a large rack of antlers! You bet and I will eat all of it too!

All that said with a gamy animal; make lots of hamburger and place frozen ground meat or steak  in whole milk (buttermilk is best) overnight in the fridge. This is done to drain away the blood which carries much of the gamy flavor. It even tenderizes the meat as buttermilk has enzymes to tenderize the meat.

It is best to vacuum seal your meat because it lasts the longest in your freezer. Freezing fresh venison for a month or more aids in reducing gamy flavors so I freeze all my meat before cooking.

If cooking venison steak, anything more done than medium rare will be tough as there is little fat in the meat.

Good Hunting! © 2013


.375 Flat Nose and Round Nose Bullet Availability

For those who own .375 caliber rifles and reload, there are bullets available in the 250 grain class and heavier for most manufacturers. Having said that, Hornady has had the ever popular 220 grain flat nose for deer hunters but is manufacture has been temporarily suspended now in its third year of suspension I believe.

375 Cal .375 220gr FP

The 225 grain spitzer is also temp suspended.

375 Cal .375 225 gr InterLock® SP-RP

I suggest you do as I did and write Hornady a note that you are looking for this bullet. http://www.hornady.com/thanks-for-contacting-us

The Sierra 200 grain .375 FN is available on back order from Sierra.

I have developed reduced power reloads for both the 200 grain and the .220 grain in my rifle and you can too if you do some research on .375 Cartridges and use a Chronograph.

The 235 grain Hot Core is also suspended from Speer. Don’t know the reason but was able to stock up a few years ago.

I will share the response from Hornady on the 220 grain in hopes they will make them available again.

Stay Tuned!



Anticipation is Grand – by Ed Hale

The October Cover Image I took on my Moose Hunt near Lake Winnipesaukee in the background is perhaps one of my favorite images and takes me on the hunt whenever I see it.

In just a few weeks I will be on a deer hunt. Nope can’t tell you where just yet. But each day the mornings are cooler and yesterday I had to wear a jacket. Weather and changing color of the leaves is a trigger for me to anticipate the hunt.

My “To Do” hunt list gets serious. I am packed I think, so I go through the list again and oh, maybe add this clothing too or that. Sound like you? It is a labor that has your mind thinking of deer and the woods as much as the stuff you cobble together for your hunt. Fussing over how much ammo to bring, knives sharp and ready, Scope caps if it rains, a shooting stick for long shots, tree stand safety, all that stuff going through your mind is a form of anticipation and readiness of the hunter.

When I reflect on shooting at a wary deer my heart rate climbs a bit as tiny amounts of adrenaline seep into my bloodstream. You too? You bet!  A little giddiness does the heart good as my mind wanders to the hunt. Reading articles and seeing hunting video’s help to relive a hunt so I read quite a lot, perhaps more so than video’s.

The previous article “What’s in my backpack?” was a great primer for me and I hope you as well. Since I am hunting out of state, I am taking a hard, lockable gun case and also when I arrive will use soft cases too.

So your mind wanders from this article to your own list of preparation and anticipation and it certainly is Grand!

So long for now…Good Hunting! © 2015