You misunderstand my comments, I am not talking about bad conditions, I am talking about good conditions, there will still be alot of wind drift.
I am not talking about dealing with 15 mph winds or 20 mph winds, I am talking about the difference between a 0 mph shot and a 2 mph shot, the bullet impact will be shifted a full 10". At 1000 yards, this same differencec, a 0 and 2 mph wind will result in nearly 19" if drift.
I can not talk for Wildcat, I can not talk for you but I can talk for myself and being able to read, judge and predict a 2 mph wind over a 1/2 mile range is simply not a practical thing to do. As you can see, I am not referring to anything remotely similiar to bad shooting conditions, I am talking about good shooting conditions with only 2 mph variation in winds.
As far as being impressed by drop numbers, I do not understand that, bullet drop is easy to figure, its consistant and predictable. Bullet drop at ranges over 600 yards are really meaningless, everything will need significant adjustment to be on target. Because one combination has 1/5 moa less drop then most other high performance varmint rounds at long range should not be something to cheer about as a major break through.
REcoil, moot point, with a varmint weight rifle and a quality muzzle brake
, you will see the bullet impact at any range you shoot at with the 300 WSM
with a 125 gr pill or 210 gr pill.
My 300 Allen Xpress will drive a 200 gr Accubond to 3500 fps, its a 15 lb rifle and it recoil less then a 12 lb 22-250 Rem. You can see your bullets impact at any range from a solid shooting position and you could shoot it ALL DAY LONG with no shooter fatique of any kind. Your comment about recoil is not a valid one in this case. THe WSM is a pussy cat to shoot in a varmint weight rifle, add a brake and there is no recoil no matter what bullet weight you use.
To that same point, I thought we were talking about long range varmint shooting. I assure you, even without a brake, at 800 to 1000 yards, you will most certainly have enough time to recover from recoil to see your bullet impact, even without a brake installed, with a brake again, you would never have a problem seeing every bullet impact, even with a 240 gr SMK.
THe most amazing thing about this entire combination is getting 4000 fps with a 125 gr bullet in the WSM, thats about where its wonder ends to be honest.
I will conceed that barrel life with this combo will be relatively high. I would also state that I would bet that barrel life would be even longer using a 210 gr Berger loaded to 2900 fps compared to a 110 or 125 gr bullet loaded to 4050 to 4140 fps. Why, it takes less powder to drive the 210 gr bullet and I assure you chamber pressure is much more comfortable for the 210 gr load.
Again, just to make my original point clear, I am not saying that you need bad shooting conditions before you will see the limitations of this chambering and load combo. You will notice it with every 2 mph shift in wind speed, even if your talking about 0 to 4 mph winds which most shooters do not even notice most of the time.
If your getting 10" if drift with only 2 mph of wind variation at 800 yards and nearly 19" of drift with the same wind speed at 1000 yards, getting first shot kills at long range will be extremely difficult.
Now if your happy with throwing a sighter round down range to see where it hits and then correcting for the first shot miss, thats one thing, after a sighter shot, adjustments can be made and you will be right there. Anyway, I am not trying to convince you or WIldcat, I am just offering solid factual data, if you choose not to realize it then so be it.
The way I see it, if I take three rifles on a long range P. dog hunt, I want to be able to use all three in all conditions. If one is a slow twist barrel only practical in dead calm conditions or after a first shot sighter shot your really limiting yourself.
Also, about those areas where there are no winds. Please tell me where those areas are, I may move there!!! LOL