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Best .30 Caliber Chambering

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Old 12-26-2011, 10:52 PM
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Best .30 Caliber Chambering

I am kind of new to the world of long range hunting and would like to buy a suitable gun. I'm definately going to use a 30 caliber bullet because of the popularity and availability but i dont have a clue on which chambering. I know this is a very opinionated subject and im pretty much just looking for facts on subjects like: Which cartridge will give me the highest muzzle velocity, least wind drift, and least amount of drop in elevation. I reload so availability of ammo isn't a big problem. Also, which 30 cal bullets do you suggest for long range hunting. Thanks
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Old 12-26-2011, 11:10 PM
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Re: Best .30 Caliber Chambering

Unless it's changed again, the 300 WSM and 210 grain Berger VLD holds the current 1000 yard record. .300 Win. mag is a proven long range accuracy round, and I would venture to say the .308 is the most popular and proven accuracy round.
It will depend a lot on what you want to shoot and how far. You can't go wrong with one of these.
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Old 12-26-2011, 11:13 PM
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Re: Best .30 Caliber Chambering

I am a fan of 300 RUM's. If your just starting out and wanted a gun that you can build on and plenty of power then a sendero in 300 RUM would be hard to beat. 300 WSM is also a good choice with a little less recoil to deal with and still good with the long range bullets as previously mentioned.
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Old 12-26-2011, 11:33 PM
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Re: Best .30 Caliber Chambering

0-800 yard round: .308
800-1200 yard round: .300 win mag for LA and .300 WSM for SA

Personally, that's how I see it. If you need more MV and energy than that,
go with the .300 RUM
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Old 12-26-2011, 11:45 PM
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Re: Best .30 Caliber Chambering

Ive seriously been looking at the 300 RUM in the Sendero platform. Do you think that the 300 RUM is a cartridge that it would be worth while to get a muzzle brake installed? Also, what are your opinions on your sendero, i kinda like the 700 just because of how versatile it is to modify and get parts for.
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Old 12-26-2011, 11:47 PM
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Re: Best .30 Caliber Chambering

If you have to have raw velocity then there is the 30-378 or 7.82 Warbird for factory loadings. OR there are plenty of hyper velocity wildcats.

As always, I would try and talk you out of a hod rod. They can be tricky for a noobie and by the time you figure out how to optimize a hot 30, you have cooked two barrels.

A good happy medium is the 300 RSAUM or 300 WSM. These can be very accurate, have decent barrel life and in the hands of a skilled shooter, will kill stuff at ranges most can only dream of.

Retained energy and minimal windage have VERY LITTLE to do with hyper velocity and everything to do with high BC bullets. I have a 308 load that drifts less than the Lazzeroni 7.82 warbird at a full 1K yards despite a 900FPS muzzle velocity difference. Put that same bullet in a 300WM or WSM and your windage is minimized. Put it in a 30-378 and you will frustrate yourself.

If you need a 1400 yard deer rifle the 300 RUM is more justifiable. Even better would be something other than a 30 cal.

Think less MV, think more BC and trigger time.

Welcome to the world of LRH.
Long range shooting is a process that ends with a result. Once you start to focus on the result (where the shot goes, how big the group is, what your buck will score, what your match score is, what place you are in...) then you loose the capacity to focus on the process.
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Old 12-26-2011, 11:50 PM
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Re: Best .30 Caliber Chambering

The good old 300 WM will serve you well. I'm a power junkie sometimes so I got rid of mine for the 300 RUM.

I think the 300WSM is a fine choice
Derek M.
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