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New project/ is 300wsm enough? Input much appreciated

 
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Old 08-02-2011, 10:29 PM
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New project/ is 300wsm enough? Input much appreciated

I am wanting to start my first custom project and have purchased a very nice and lightly used savage 12 bvss in the 300wsm, my long term goal is to be able to drop a deer at 1000 yards, i know i will have a long road making a dope book, reloading, and lots and lots of practice before i can achieve it but before i start this project want to ask everyones input to see if this gun will do it on a deer or possible a elk at 800-1000 yards. I dont want to put in the time and run out of rifle.

The rifle has a 26" stainless fluted bull barrel, nice laminate stock, one piece leupold base and leupold std rings, has the acutrigger also, it also has a cheap 3-9X50 tasco exp. this is what i got to start with.

My plans to up grade include so far but please share your thoughts

to have action checked and trued if needed

may put in rifle basix trigger

find good muzzle break for caliber, saw muscle brake but hope i get other ideas.

hellical the bolt ( probaly more for looks )

check on reliable base ( 20" moa) and rings

find better optics

hand load some ammo that it likes to digest.

Please let me know your thoughts and suggestions on this rifle, do i need to start with another one or will this one do it, types of muzzle breaks, like i said im new to the custom gun world but excited to enter it.

I have a remington 700 bdl in 7mm rum with a leupold vari x 2 3-9X40 that im going to sell to fund this project, if you know anyone in need of it, i have 6 .30 caliber guns so dont really want to get into the 7mm's for now, just got a good deal on it.

will try to get some photos taken and posted of the 300wsm

thanks again rugerdiggs
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Old 08-02-2011, 10:55 PM
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Re: New project/ is 300wsm enough? Input much appreciated

The 300WSM cartridge has the potential to be lethal on deer and elk at 800-1000 yds.

A fast twist and high BC bullets will make a big difference.

The big 338's would be a better choice if you're really determined.

We all know that shot placement is everything. But, it's a lot more difficult to get off a good shot on game at those ranges than it is to ring a piece of steel. Steel is reflective, thus easier to range. Also, it won't walk 10 paces while you dial your turrets rendering your shooting solution invalid.

In addition to the rifle/practice, etc that you mentioned, you'll need a PDA with good software, a Kestrel, Lieca or Swaro range finder, and a good spotter to assist you.

Nonetheless, it sounds like you're off to a good start.

Enjoy!
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Old 08-02-2011, 11:03 PM
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Re: New project/ is 300wsm enough? Input much appreciated

What you got going can get you there, you seem to be heading in the right direction. High BC bullet and a short action take some planning to get the most out of what you got. Also make sure to swap the recoil lug for a ground one when you do a barrel or action. If its a factory stock knock the cheesy pillars out of it and put in some good ones and do a stress free bedding job.
One thing I like to do with the Savages is set the head spacing to min right out of the box. You can get a fluted, custom ground bolt body from PTG for $98, which would be an improvement not just bolt bling
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Old 08-03-2011, 07:05 AM
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Re: New project/ is 300wsm enough? Input much appreciated

what is some of the higher BC bullets, should i be using 180gr 200gr? bullets
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Old 08-03-2011, 07:54 AM
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Re: New project/ is 300wsm enough? Input much appreciated

Absolutely nothing wrong with the 300WSM, it will surely put the hurt on if you can place your shots correctly.

I would start towards the bottom of your list, pick up a good solid one piece base (20 moa will do), look in the direction of Nightforce, Badger, Leupold MK4, Seekins, Ken Farrell etc (not sure all of them make Savage Bases).
There are cheaper bases out there, but the ol' sayin of "buy once, cry once" really is where it's at.

You are already aware of needing a better optic, start digging through the classifieds, you can pick up some incredible glass for a song & dance if you're patient. You need to start with optics first, that way you will know which size & height rings to pick up. I really wouldn't bother with truing the action unless your rig doesn't perform, thats a +1 for the floating bolt head of the Savage.

If you are looking for heavy high BC bullets Look at Berger Bullets, JLk's,
Cutting Edge Bullets & Matrix Bullets, they all offer high BC, high accuracy bullets capable of dropping game. You will no doubtedly experience the biggest caveat, that being, with these long, high BC bullets, you will probably be relegated to a single shot.

Good Luck & keep us posted.
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Old 08-03-2011, 09:14 AM
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Re: New project/ is 300wsm enough? Input much appreciated

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You will no doubtedly experience the biggest caveat, that being, with these long, high BC bullets, you will probably be relegated to a single shot. .

Sorry but not sure what this means, dont know all the slang yet
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Old 08-03-2011, 09:16 AM
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Re: New project/ is 300wsm enough? Input much appreciated

Who offers the best muzzle brake for the money for the 300wsm, that does it all?
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