Im sure every newbie shows up with this question, but I thought since the details for everyone is a little different....well you get it. I am a hunter first but am very interested in starting to compete in long range shoots. What i have so far is: A HS presicion stock, Im having a kreiger barrel made. Kreiger is doing a level 2 truing of the action and the barrel install. I have a badger rail and rings.Remington long action with a mag bolt face. I hope to have a nightforce 5-22 by the time the gun in ready..(14 weeks...ouch i have found since i placed the order there are faster ways to get this done but since the order has been placed i haven't made any changes) I also have a new Holland radial brake. So here is the question I have been leaning toward a 300WM mainly because that what i have been hunting with. Would the 300 RUM be a better choice. I have very limited knowledge about what the numbers really mean...what does a few FPS really get you. There are factors that i may not even know about yet and know that you guys will point me in the right direction...Also i will have to start with factory ammo until i can get the stuff to reload....sorry this is so long.
Sounds like you are starting out with some good gear. This should make a good first long range rifle.
As a "Newbie" you probably wont shoot as far as some of the more experienced hunters on this web site, so I would go for the 300WSM over the 300RUM.
As you are going to use factory ammo the 300WSM has a better range of factory ammunition that is suited to long range shooting. If you were going to reload right from the start I would go for the 300RUM.
With long range hunting accuracy is very important in order to place your first shot where it counts. But you still need velocity. The 300WSM will give you plenty of range for a first long range rifle. Latter when you have more experience you may wish to go to the 300RUM.
If you are serious about LR shooting and hunting, handloading is really the only way to go. You can start out with factory ammo to break in your rifle and start learning to shoot mid ranges but handloads should give you more flexability, consistancy and accuracy.
The RUM will have about a 250 fps edge over the WM. To compare apples to apples... shooting a 200 AB you'll get about 2950 fps from the WM vs about 3200 fps from the RUM. In my book that equates to an 850 yd hunting range vs a 975 yd hunting range at sea level for those bullets and velocities. I use the bullets minimum expanding velocity of 1800 fps as my criteria, not KE.
The RUM will handle the bigger and longer high BC bullets better also.
So I would say that the RUM has a significant edge over the WM for LR shooting and hunting IMO.
Good shooting, let us know how you progress. I just got myself a 300 RUM.
It depends on what you want to do with your rifle. The WSM will last longer than the wm and certainly the RUM as far as barrel life. If you are using it strictly as a long range big game rifle that that point is imaterial. The WM is a tried and true vet, the WSM is a good choice for competition shooters because it is efficient with the 190 grain on down. The RUM is the best choice if you are thinking of using the heaviest bullets. I shoot a WSM. I would say that if you are not worried about barrel life and intend to shoot the heavier bullets, and have the long action, then you should pick between the WM and the RUM.
Some say the wsm has less recoil. I question that because the WSM ususally is a little lighter than the wm. If memory serves right, then as far as brass quality goes, the wm has lapua available which is about as good as it gets. Norma makes brass for the WSM. And I believe the best available for the RUM is Nosler (unless you work from the parent case).
I used to re-load but now I "hand-load".
-- Well, at least I try --
thanks for the reply. I wanted to bring out that because i have a long action, I will be going with a 300WM..and not a 300WSM.Just wanted to see if you still think the 300WM is the better option.
If I had to pick between the WM and WSM, I would go with the WSM for a few reasons. I would also not build it in the short action because if and when you start handloading the higher BC bullets, you will have to seat them deep and away from the lands to fit in your mag or shoot single shot. I have a WSM that I'm probably going to sell now that I'm going with the RUM. That's not a pitch, just mentioning it.