Originally Posted by J E Custom
There is nothing wrong with the dakota except the brass is hard to find
and expensive .
The 300 Winchester mag will edge it out in velocity and the RUM or the
Lapua will beat it by well over 100 ft/sec.
I would think the ease in getting brass,dies and standard mag bolt face
actions would make the Win Mag or the RUM a better choice.
If you dont mind these things I would recomend the Lapua over the dakota.
A while back I checked Into a 416 Dakota and the problems were just not
worth the trouble ,(brass was only available from Dakota and they were
proud of it,plus as Ol Mike said the boltface would have to be opened up).
So I built a 416 based on a 375 RUM and have been very happy with
Good Luck and good hunting
J E CUSTOM
Thanks and you make some good points but I'm working with a Ruger M77 action, so the RUMs and Lapua are not an option. I already have a 300 WSM
and want to get away from the belted cases so dont need a 300 WM.
Right now leaning toward a 7mm Dakota, I really like the ballistics and also thinking of multiple barrels with different chambers (another thread) for this rifle setup.
Thanks for the input.