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New Rifle choices, need opinions, .300WBY, 300RUM, or 338RUM??

 
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Old 01-16-2013, 02:48 AM
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New Rifle choices, need opinions, .300WBY, 300RUM, or 338RUM??

So I am going to buy one of these three rifles and would like to hear which you would choose and why. The rifle I am looking to provide some serious power for Elk hunting and possibly future Alaska/Canada/Africa hunts. Max range 600 yards. Not looking for long range, just serious power to hit like the hammer of Thor. Reason for these 3 is they can be dropped into a thumbhole stock I want to use. Here goes:

Option 1: .300 WBYMAG, Weatherby stainless Vanguard 2, $610
Likes; best price, brother has dies and everything needed for reloading, could easily be re-barreled to .340 WBYMAG, easy to find ammo for, known to be very accurate out of box, 3+1 capacity, leaves more $ for scope
Dislikes; 24" bbl=less Velocities, brass price for good brass, dont know if it offers much over my 7STW

Option 2: .300 RUM, Stainless Rem 700, approx $765
Likes; Highest Velocities, bigger case capacity, lots of brass choices, cheaper brass, easy to find ammo for, good price, 26" bbl
Dislikes; don't know if it offers much over my 7STW, Lower energy VS. .338RUM., questionable Remington quality as of late, less options for heavy bullets, 2+1 capacity, have to buy dies ect. for reloading

Option 3: .338RUM, Remington XCR II, Approx $950
Likes; most energy, big bullets available, 26" BBL, Black finish over stainless good for AK hunt
Dislikes; slowest, Most expensive, questionable Remington quality as of late, 2+1 capacity, have to buy dies ect. for reloading, leaves alot less $ for scope, harder to find ammo and brass for. Brass is more $, only one rifle to choose from.
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Old 01-16-2013, 07:25 AM
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Re: New Rifle choices, need opinions, .300WBY, 300RUM, or 338RUM??

The ultra magnums and compact magnums are a solution looking for a problem to solve.

The .338 Lapua Magnum has been adopted into military service and many more countries are bound to follow. Military standardized cartridges always become super popular: .30-06 Spfd, .308 Win, 7x57mm Mauser, .303 Brit, 6.5x55 Swede, 7.62x54R, etc.

If I wanted a .338 caliber rifle for long range shooting, the .338 Lapua Magnum is a no-brainer. If the others you mentioned were as good, they could have been adopted into military service already. It is a well rounded broad application cartridge, which is what the military shoots for, not a one-trick pony. Because it is military, it will be used in service rifle competitions and become much more popular than it already is. It has a guaranteed future with lots of interest and more development spurred by big military spending. I would go with a winner.

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Old 01-16-2013, 01:19 PM
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Re: New Rifle choices, need opinions, .300WBY, 300RUM, or 338RUM??

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The ultra magnums and compact magnums are a solution looking for a problem to solve.

The .338 Lapua Magnum has been adopted into military service and many more countries are bound to follow. Military standardized cartridges always become super popular: .30-06 Spfd, .308 Win, 7x57mm Mauser, .303 Brit, 6.5x55 Swede, 7.62x54R, etc.

If I wanted a .338 caliber rifle for long range shooting, the .338 Lapua Magnum is a no-brainer. If the others you mentioned were as good, they could have been adopted into military service already. It is a well rounded broad application cartridge, which is what the military shoots for, not a one-trick pony. Because it is military, it will be used in service rifle competitions and become much more popular than it already is. It has a guaranteed future with lots of interest and more development spurred by big military spending. I would go with a winner.
You say 338 Lapua is a "military" Cartridge. I could be wrong, but I don't think that the US has picked it up yet. THEY SHOULD!!!! It has been adopted by lots of countries so far, but, as far as I know, not the US.

I HOPE I am wrong!!

I have always wanted a Lapua, but ended up with a 338 EDGE.
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Old 01-16-2013, 02:57 PM
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Re: New Rifle choices, need opinions, .300WBY, 300RUM, or 338RUM??

For out to 600 yards I would go with what I have, 300 RUM. It is fast, accurate and has all the power you need. The rifle is also light enough to carry around and not kick the snot out of you without a brake. But all three meet your needs so just pick the one you like the best. As to Rems quality I have a safe full aged from 1964 to 2008 and all are good quality rifles.
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Old 01-16-2013, 03:26 PM
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Re: New Rifle choices, need opinions, .300WBY, 300RUM, or 338RUM??

I believe that Canada has adopted the .338 Lapua as a military sniper rifle. The better shops here in Montana are carrying the .338 Lapua in stock. I know a person who owns one. I hope he shoots it better than the last .300 RUM shooter I saw at the range. So far, I can beat every .300 RUM owner that has showed up at the range with my out-of-the-box CZ 550 7x57mm Mauser at 200 yards.

I beat one of the .300 RUM guys at 100 yards with my BSA air rifle.....by quite a bit.
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Old 01-16-2013, 07:40 PM
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Re: New Rifle choices, need opinions, .300WBY, 300RUM, or 338RUM??

For out to 600 yards on elk size game anything from a 300 WSM up to the 338-378 Wby will work real well. I think your 7STW would work well too. If its going to be primarily a hunting rifle I wouldn't worry abour brass cost. Taking recoil and weight into consideration just buy the rifle want, if you come across a good deal on one buy it and go hunting.
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Old 01-16-2013, 07:53 PM
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Re: New Rifle choices, need opinions, .300WBY, 300RUM, or 338RUM??

I think the .338 overkill for elk myself but that is a matter of personal perspective. Of the other two I would normally go with the .300 B except you chose a vangard. I would be far more inclined to go with the MrkV action for the 300 up. So....That leaves only the 300 RUM.
Benefit of staying with a .300 rather than the .338 is the easier to handle recoil. Even a strong man will begin to flinch after a while of range practice. Better to practice with a gun you can shoot enough to become proficient.
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