Re: .300 Norma magnum for hunting??
Chandlar> "Most excellent shooting dude!"
Swamplord> Yer totally keerect re. the difference between .308/30-06 and the .300 NM. There just is no comparison as to trajectory curve, distance before it goes subsonic or energy delivered at any distance.
In fact 6.5 Creedmoor easily outshoots a .308, that's why it (and .270 Rem.) is used in long range matches so much. Just can't beat the trajectory for that class (mid-weight) of cartridges.
Yes, the .300 Win mag will do quite well with Berger 230 gr. bullets but the .300 Norma mag will do better, because, as Swamplord mentioned, it's a more efficient cartridge case shape. And it has a longer neck to accommodate longer bullets so there is more room for the powder charge.
And finally... General Dynamics has chosen the .300 Norma mag for its new medium machine gun. And BTW, that mg weighs LESS than the current standard weight M240 in 7.62 NATO. The advantage in distance over the 7.62 NATO (.308) is about 1,000 meters! 'Nuf sed.
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