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Old 10-12-2013, 08:11 PM
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300 win mag recoil

How bad is it? ive seen chuck hawks chart, Is it more than an 7 mag? rifle weight approx 11 lbs. thanks
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Old 10-12-2013, 08:17 PM
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Re: 300 win mag recoil

Depends on what weight bullet you want to shoot. I have an 11 lb 300 win I shoot 215 gr. Bergers from with a full house load. With out the brake it is ok for a few rounds. With the brake it is very easy to shoot as much as you like. My wife shoots it with no issues. I recommend a brake.

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Old 10-12-2013, 09:22 PM
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Re: 300 win mag recoil

thanks will definately be putting a brake on it after further research!!
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Old 10-13-2013, 05:34 AM
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Re: 300 win mag recoil

An 11 pound 300 win mag wouldn't be much different than a 8 lb 7 rem mag. You can compare recoil here:

Recoil Calculator

23-24 ft/lb of recoil was what I got with the heaviest bullets for the 300 win mag. That kind of recoil wouldn't phase many of the shooters here. Depends on your recoil tolerance.

I understand that using a brake is more than just reducing recoil, it may allow you to see your hits and recover faster for a second shot.

Crunch some numbers of rifles you are familiar with to see where you stand. Personally I an not fond of much more than 40 ft/lb.
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Old 10-13-2013, 06:46 AM
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Re: 300 win mag recoil

40lbs wow.

To hunt... or not to hunt...? What a stupid question.
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Old 10-13-2013, 07:42 AM
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Re: 300 win mag recoil

As with everything: depends.

I had a 300 WM in a mid/light weight rifle. I like to be accurate (duh!) and I backcountry hunt miles off the road.
Accuracy in real world situations, not off a bench, requires lots of practice. To practice a lot you have to not hate shooting your rifle. I HATED shooting that rifle after 4 or 5 rounds, too light. Maybe I'm a recoil pussy....
I added some weight to the butt stock which helped a lot with shooting but not with carrying the rifle way off the road up and down mountains.

I got sick of it after one year and dumped the 300WM for 7mm-08. I know the 7mm-08 is so weak will bounce off of elk hide but it shoots like a dream and is very easy to carry in the mountains.

Depends! If your in and out of a truck and can use a heavy rifle I'd go with a 300 WM. Not for me and what I like to do.
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Old 10-13-2013, 10:44 AM
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Re: 300 win mag recoil

As has been stated a well braked 300 win mag is a joy to shoot and the recoil is negligible.. un-breaked in a light rifle not so much!!! Same with the 7 mm rem mag . Two of my favorite calibers for several reasons.
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