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

 
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Old 01-22-2013, 10:42 AM
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Re: New Rifle choices, need opinions, .300WBY, 300RUM, or 338RUM??

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I think some are missing the idea of my new gun. I know my STW is perfectly adequate for shooting Elk at 600, I have not shot an Elk at that distance but I have an Antelope and it was devistation and would not hesitate on a Elk. The REASON for the new gun is a new stock design over the conventional stock. I cannot restock my Sako for less than than I could buy/build me a new one. Why not have 2? Why not have more HP than my STW while I am at it so I can hunt dangerous game country without worry?

Right now I am leaning very hard at 2 new options.

.340 Roy Mark V Stainless Alaskan used in primo condition $899

.338 RUM Remington XCR II NIB $799.00

So what do you all think now??

Thanks for tyhe replies so far, great info!!
I have a 340 Wby Alaskan that I purchased this year and 2 weeks later went out and got my elk at 450 yards with factory 250gr Nosler Paratitions. 26 inch barrel + Accubrake is a bit long but the recoil is entirely manageable. In fact, I took this rifle over my unbraked 340 just due to the recoil issue. I can't wait to try some reloading for it and make it even better.

So, you can guess where my vote goes.
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Old 01-22-2013, 10:52 AM
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Re: New Rifle choices, need opinions, .300WBY, 300RUM, or 338RUM??

Well I have been Talking to the dealer that has the 340. I have worked him down to $775. It has a Vias brake on the end of a full length 26" bbl for a total 28". It also has Leupold bases which I could care less about as I plan on using Talley's. I plan on switching the stock out for a laminate thumbhole stock like those on Stockeys site. So this sounds like a nice option and would be a very nice rifle.

but then......

For almost the same dollar amount I can get the XCR 338 Rum. If I did this route I would mount it in a Blackhawk Axiom TH stock. If the recoil reduction is not enough from the stock then I could have a brake installed and it would be very nice to shoot I would think. I dont have the double recoil reduction option on the Mark V.

I know I am over thinking this but with a limited budget, I want to make the right choice the first time.
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Old 01-22-2013, 01:10 PM
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Re: New Rifle choices, need opinions, .300WBY, 300RUM, or 338RUM??

My braked 340 feels no worse than my unbraked 270 Win, even with a Wby Sporter stock on it. I can't imagine needing to change it to a different stock or to lower the recoil even more. If you're interested in the Weatherby I'd even shoot it first with the current stock to see if you want to change, but I can see the benefits of swapping to a thumbhole stock and bedding it there.

I also really, really like the 60 degree bolt throw of the Weatherbys. No worries about hitting the scope when you cycle the bolt.

Good luck in your decision!
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Old 01-23-2013, 06:02 AM
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Re: New Rifle choices, need opinions, .300WBY, 300RUM, or 338RUM??

The Dr. hit the nail on the head. Honestly, the ONLY reason why the Mark V is on my list and that I haven't already went and bought the .338 RUM is the bolt. On my son's Savage his bolt hits the butler creek caps and pinches his fingers. The same happens on my daughters Rem 700 .243. I dont have this problem with my tri-lug Sako as it too has the short bolt lift. I love it. My Dad and my bro both shoot Mark V's, one a .257 B, and the other a .300 B. and they are such fine rifles. I just wish the .340 had the RUM's performance.

So really what my decision is boiling down to is 60 deg bolt that I love and ok laminate stock or Blackhawk stock that I really want and the performance I want but crappy bolt. There is a big difference between a wan't and a love.

Yes, there is a padded room with a nameplate that reads my name on it, I have had to visit it often over this!!
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Old 01-23-2013, 08:34 AM
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Re: New Rifle choices, need opinions, .300WBY, 300RUM, or 338RUM??

A couple of points to remember:

1. Since you have a 7mSTW, something with a significant increase in power and potential for large animals should be considered. That means the 338 is really the choice over the 300's.

2. The 338 Lapua has the most capacity for hot handloads. If you don't like it for practice you can load it down to 338 WM or 340 Weatherby. But the Lapua has extra capacity for premium hunting loads.

Personally, I don't shoot over 400 yards in Africa, and most everything is under 300. This makes the 338 WinMag with a 225 TTSX (.514BC) the cat's meow. I like a light rifle and have had two scoped Tikkas in 7.5 pounds. They jump a little but are accurate. Recoil with a Limbsaver is a joy, and I wouldn't want a brake on a hunting rifle. These days I mostly carry a 416Rig, 350 gn TSX at 2825fps. It has all the distance I need, and backup power for anything. From that perspective, the Lapua looks like a nice pairing.
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Old 01-23-2013, 10:48 AM
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Re: New Rifle choices, need opinions, .300WBY, 300RUM, or 338RUM??

The 340wby can be loaded to within 30-40fps of the rum with 250 and smaller pills, and still only about 80fps slower with the 300grn pills when loaded out far enough to get the bullet up out of the powder space. The RUM only has about a 6.5grn larger capacity, and both are 65k psi cartridges, so the 340 does it with less powder and has better brass and a more efficient shoulder design. Also as mentioned the 54* bolt lift of the MKV is quite nice.
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Old 01-23-2013, 10:59 AM
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Re: New Rifle choices, need opinions, .300WBY, 300RUM, or 338RUM??

Hello,
I own/have owned both the 300 RUM and the 338 RUM and in my opinion, the 300 RUM will do anything you need it to do. I actually got rid of the 338 mainly because in comparison, it was just less enjoyable to shoot.
The 300, again, in my opinion is a little more versitile, with bullets ranging from 130 gr to 220 grain. For me, the optimum bullet is 200 grains and i use it for everything from Antelope to Elk. It gets a bit windy in Central and Eastern Wyoming, and the heavier bullet doesnt drift quite as much at longer ranges.
I hope this helps.
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