Re: .300 Norma magnum for hunting??
Many years back the late PA gunsmith Howard Wolfe created a cartridge he could
use at Williamsport with a 30" barrel gun. He took the 378 wby. case and shortened
it. Other than a few shooters there and a few PA hunters it never became popular.
Ive had one built by Howard on a mark v action for quite a few years. I strictly use it for long range PA deer hunting.
About 3 years back a friend built a 300 Norma on a 700 action. We filled both cases with water and weighed them. There was only about 1 gr difference.
I use 98 gr retumbo in mine with a 190 smk. Thats a pretty hot load that i only use for hunting. Im sure there are better bullets now days but these do a good job on deer.
I wouldnt be all that excited about owning a 300 Norma on a standard boltface. If i were building one id opt for a larger bolt but thats just me.
As for what is and what isnt a hunting bullet, weve found over the years thats best decided by the animals.