Re: Convince me: 300Win vs 300RUM
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and stay away from the lighter bullets.
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Lighter bullets burning a barrel out faster than heavy one is a common misconception.
Lighter bullets, provided they are fired at the higher velocities they can be, can actually improve barrel life. This is due to the hot powder escaping from the barrel faster and having less time to cause the wear and tear.
As far as which caliber, I too am a fellow coues hunter, rifle and archery (I am in Az right now bowhunting them). With the extreemly unpredictable wind found in typical coues country, and the VERY small target presented, you need as little wind drift as possible. This is where the 300 RUM shines. The 300 WM isnt bad either. Just ask yourself which is more important. Some barrel life or less drift. All things concidered, the RUM vs winnie barrel life isnt that much differant, although the WM will last a bit longer. Obviously, I favor the 300 RUM for its awesome performance.
Long range shooting is a process that ends with a result. Once you start to focus on the result (how bad your last shot was, how big the group is going to be, 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.