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Unread 07-18-2009, 10:40 PM
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300 wsm ablitys

what is the furtherst shot a 300 wsm could take on a deer? also on an elk? could it be sone at 1k on both?
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Unread 07-19-2009, 12:45 AM
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Re: 300 wsm ablitys

I dont know first hand because I dont have a .300 WSM, but the questions has come up before and I think that that caliber is a good 700-800 yard elk rifle and to 1000 yards on deer. Im sure somebody will give you more definate answer.
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Unread 07-19-2009, 08:24 AM
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Re: 300 wsm ablitys

It would need to be a pretty picture perfect shot. A bigger rifle would probably do the job better.
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Unread 07-19-2009, 10:23 AM
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Re: 300 wsm ablitys

If you load with a 200+grn bullet with a muzzle velocity no lower than 2900, you could put down a deer at 1000 and with a good VLD style(Berger, JLK) you could extend that range another 200yrds. Even with the 210's, 850-900 is the limit on elk. I have one and that is what the ballistics are showing.

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Unread 07-19-2009, 11:36 AM
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Re: 300 wsm ablitys

The 300 wsm is an excellent and accurate rifle but not a 1000 yard elk rifle. You could kill one with it at that range with the perfect shot but get a better choice for that one. Deer/antelope yes. I have one for an all around rifle that weighs 7 pounds scoped out and ready to hunt. I consider it a 600 yard rifle on anything in Wyoming. I shoot the 150 etips at 3400 fps with H-414 powder and the 200 AB's at 2900 fps with magpro. Either will kill anything here out to 600 yards very effectively with a well placed shot.
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Unread 07-19-2009, 11:08 PM
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Re: 300 wsm ablitys

There are a lot of possible variables that affect the answer to this question.

What rifle and how long is the barrel?

What bullet, what is it's expanding velocity and what is tit's BC?

What is the load performance?

What elevations?

At 7000' with the right load and bullet, out of a 26" barrel, it could be a 1000 yd plus elk killer, but that might be stretching it. I would say realitiically it could be an 800-900 yd der and elk killer above 3000' elevation with a good bullet and load.

IMO, when you make a long shot on game you should know what velcity the bullet will be impaciting at and at what momentum. You should be reasonably assured that the bullet will perform (expand) and penetrate.

So basically it's a math problem. Crunch the numbers and see what they say.

I can probably get close to 3000 fps using RL17 and a 200 gr AB out of my 24 3/8" barrel 300 WSM. At 5000' of elevation that bullet, at that velocity will get to 950 yds with 1800 fps and 51 lbft of momentum. The minimum opening velocity for a 200 AB is advertised at 1800 FPS. And I personally consider 40 lbft of momentum the minimum I would try to make a well placed shot through the boiler room of an elk for full penetration. So for me, since 1800 fps is the bullet's limit, that is the limit I would choose to shoot ANY big game animal, deer or elk. The Bergers have the same expanding velocity as the AB's. They have a somewhat better BC and could stretch that limit a little, but not 200 yds, based on their advertised expansion velocity.

Bottomline, you can figure this out yourself, just do the math. And of course, this assumes that rifle and shooter are capable of the required accuracy.

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Unread 07-19-2009, 11:50 PM
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Re: 300 wsm ablitys

I'm loading 190 Berger VLD'S at an easy 3,000 using RL17 64.0 grains.

At 1000 with a 100 yard zero here is what it looks like at 3,000 ft elevation.

1000 -257.6 98 1661 1163 45.08 1.349 61.3 23 248

I'm going to say yeah, I'll take it.
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