Re: Long Range Tack Driver
Just a suggestion for what you want to do.
300 Winchester Mag.---Hart, Lilja or Shilen Barrel (26 to 28"--- 30" would be better), 190 and 200 Gr and 220 gr MKs, Norma or Lapua brass, Remington action, McMillen stock and muzzle brake of choice. 10 Twist barrel
There is some extremealy good brass available for this caliber that many of the others don't have available YET. Many good bullets available too.
In the 300 RUM, you have only Remington brass.
In the Winchester Short mags, Only Win brass (the last time I looked) and some of that was junk.
If you want to be as accurate at 1000 yards as a "hunter" could hope to be with the limitations you have put on concerning barrel length, the 300 Win Mag has proven itself many times over. Hard one to beat for the range you want to shoot plus the excellent brass that is available would or should possibly be a consideration.
Prime has given sound advice also concerning the 7mm rounds. Ballistically they are VERY good.
My choice as you asked and the limitations you set, would be the 300 Win mag with a brake. Pleanty of power to kill the elk and deer you may encounter.
If I went to a 6.5 diameter for accurate QUICK kills at 1000 yards, I would go with a tapored 30" barrel and chamber it to the 6.5/300 Weatherby with an 8 twist. This one is lethal and you can ask Coyote slayer about it.. I have had many of them and they are someting else to behold. The LR boys started using this one here in North Central PA 35 Years ago and some are still using them. They will kill a lot further then 1000 yards to if you can see the hits.
Again, for your situation, you can't go wrong with the 300 Win mag.
You really can't go wrong with the 30 Cal, 7mm and 6.5 Diameter bores for out to 1000 yard accuracy. Just pick the one that retains the energy the best, has the best componants for reloading (Brass and Bullets) and has enough powder capacity to get the job done.
Problem with 8mm and and some others are, bullet selection is not very good for consistant accurate shooting to 1000 yards.
[ 08-16-2002: Message edited by: Darryl Cassel ]