You said something about an angle indicator on your scope? I am very interested in knowing what this is. I also had an experience 3 years ago on a bear that was what im guessing to be 45 degrees downhill at about 475 yards. I was shooting my .300 Win Mag. at the time. I shot way over him because of the angle. I did not compensate for the angle. Also 3 years ago, I did not know even 1/2 the stuff I do now about ballistics. If you can lead me in the direction of that angle it would really be a help. I have found from my studies that for long range shooting, anything over probly about 400 yards with a 30degree angle you definately need to compensate for how high you will now shoot. Thanks.
I have a 300RUM LSS. This thing is a beast compared to my 06. I dont know how big you are, but im 18 and weigh about 165 and this gun knocked my socks off with 180gr partitions. I opted for the muzzlebreak which now kicks less than my 30-06. But its super loud. I was torn between the 300 and 338 as well but I will mainly be shooting whitetail at long range and the occational elk trip so I opted for the 300RUM. I dont know if you are aware but the 300RUM case is slightly larger then the 338RUM. I use 165gr ballistic tips on whitetail which obliverates them and plan on using the 200gr accu-bond for elk this november. You going to need a trigger job so you dont flinch. You will not be dissapointed in this caliber!
I mounted a Leopold Long range 6.5X20X50mm scope (silver)
I am 17, 6'2 and 148 lbs. Pretty damn skinny. I also do not like recoil as I feel you cant shoot them as accurate at longer range. That is why I also opt for muzzle brakes on everything larger than 25/06. I can still shoot .300 Win Mags with full power house 180's and the such accurately, but dont like to do so in continuous shooting sesssions. I like to be able to see my hits through my scope. I can work on Remington triggers myself, I just bought a Rem 700 .222 Rem and worked on the trigger and got it down to a nice 2 1/4 lbs. I am opting for the Sendero just because of the extra added weight for recoil, and also bull barrel for accuracy and barrel life. My first thought was the LSS because of that pretty laminated stock. I am now planning on shooting the 200g SMK, and if those wont shoot, I will try the 220g SMK. I will mount a Leupold vx2, 6-18 Target. I would like the vx3 LR scopes, but damn they are spendy. I want this rifle for sheer power for elk and bears up and out to 600 yards. I am located in Eastern Oregon and can get some way out there shots. 600 is my effective range though, and with no wind. How far are you hitting out to with your 300 RUM? My coyote/antelope/deer rifle is my 25/06. I have 5 other big game rifles, but dont shoot them like I do my 25/06. It is nice to see another young adult (kid) in long range hutning/shooting. I have never met anyone or talked to anyone that is so much into it than me. Most kids our age are out doing other things or involved in other things, but my number one hobby and interest is definately reloading, shooting, and hunting.
I'm not sure if you are aware of it or not so I'll just state a major difference between the VXII and the VXIII.
The VXII has a rubber friction type turret adjustment stop. The VXIII has positive clicks at each 1/4 MOA interval.... this is a nice feature if you dial in the come ups. [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img]
I know what you mean about the price difference, but the optics are clearer and the adjustment positive, and opt for an adjustable objective if you can swing it.
No matter what else you can live without, I think you'd be happier considering where you're at right now with positive clicks in those turrets.
Good luck with what ever you choose though, just my opinion... and everyone's got one. [img]images/icons/grin.gif[/img]