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30-338 WM or 300 WM? Which would you choose?

 
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Old 11-17-2012, 01:22 AM
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30-338 WM or 300 WM? Which would you choose?

Considering either of the two rounds in the subject line.

I kinda like the 30-338, even though it is a bit dated.

I think the 30-338 would work perfectly in my current A-bolt 7 Rem Mag with a rebarrel.

Seems the 30-338 have a good rep back in the day.

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Re: 30-338 WM or 300 WM? Which would you choose?

Of the two, I'd go with the .300 Win Mag.
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Re: 30-338 WM or 300 WM? Which would you choose?

If you have a shorter magazine, like the Ruger M77 tang safety, the bullet will have to be set deeper in the 300 win mag case. In this situation the 30-338 win mag will have the same powder capacity as the 300 win mag.

I know I measured the two with a 180 gr spitzer bullet. I chose the 30-338 for that rifle. That was quite a while ago. I still have the die set. My gunsmith had the 30-338 reamer so it didn't cost much to try it.
Moved on to the 257 weatherby with that rifle.
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Re: 30-338 WM or 300 WM? Which would you choose?

I too would go with the 300WM.
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Re: 30-338 WM or 300 WM? Which would you choose?

Another vote for the 300 win mag. It is less hassle for me and has done everything I could ever expect it to. If you go on a trip and have a problem with your loads, any store will have ammo.
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Re: 30-338 WM or 300 WM? Which would you choose?

Plus another for the 300 win mag, It is a great long range round and will run with a lot of the 30's especially with the new Bergers. I doubtwill ever be with out mine. But all my other 30's I have owned are gone or in the far back of the safe.

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Old 11-17-2012, 09:09 PM
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Re: 30-338 WM or 300 WM? Which would you choose?

I've used a combination of the two.

A .30-.338 Keele (long neck) version was what my current 1000-yard match rifle has for a chamber. Cases are made with .300 Win. Mag. ones full length sized in a standard .30-.338 full length sizing die. It's got about 15% to 20% longer barrel life than a standard .30-.338 made from .338 Win. Mag. cases. And is just as accurate. It's more accurate than the .300 Win. Mag,, but only marginal, just like the standard .30-.338.

All things being equal, either .30-.338's easier to shot accurate as it's got a bit less recoil than the Win. Mag. version. That's more important than the .300 Win. Mag's slightly better wind bucking ability.
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