Re: make my decision for me
My opinion is 300RUM launching big Bergers if Most of your hunting is 500 on the short side, to 1k on the long side of the average, with a rare exception beyond 1k.
I think this way, you can go with a lighter platform, & get the performance you seek.
If your wanting to consistantly drop the hammer on Elk past 1k on a regular basis I'd go with the 338 Edge or bigger & build a heavier rifle that's not too fun to pack.
The big 338's just don't give up anything, except recoil, to smaller, lighter bullets, & Recoil is not an issue when the proper brake is utilized.
Stats, & number crunching can be fun, but remember momentum wins in the end. Like B.C. to Like B.C. I will Always pick the heavier bullet or heavier caliber. Even if tiny lil bullet "x" gets to the Target with "x" speed, & "x" amount of "energy", it still has to have enough "ass" to perform properly on a big heavy boned critter. After its made contact, the tiny bullets shed momentum rapidly in comparison. A.K.A. Momentum wins again.
A Peterbuilt at 55mph vs Geo at 110mph.... Hmmm Ya, even at twice the speed, ill betcha the most lugg nutts still wins the wreck every time.
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