Re: .300 WIN vs .300 WSM?
I have read a lot of stuff on here that the WSM's cant shoot the heavier bullets as fast as the parent long action cartridge. Example being 200g and 220g in the 300 WSM. Take up to much powder space. If you could have one done on a long action, I might go with WSM because you would then be able to seat the bullets out. I had a Ruger S/S in a 300 WM a couple years ago. I killed my first couple elk with it and a handloaded 180g partition at 3100fps. Flattened 1 spike at a little over 500 yards, and 1 cow. I dont believe the hype that the WSM Kicks less. I dont buy into that. Everyone on here knows that weight is a factor with recoil, if your pushing the same bullet, with relatively the same amount of powder, in a smaller lighter whippier rifle, I would almost bet the WSM is going to pop you a little more. I have actually shot a 300 WSM and a 300WM and I could not tell the difference, so... Either way you go, you will be a winner. If you pick the WSM, you could load up 180g AB's and have at it, or go with the 300 WM and load up the 200g AB's for some longer range work. I will never buy another savage. I bought one in a 270 WSM and it was a 2 shot rifle. I spent almost $200 on powder, bullets, primers, etc... and I could never find a load that would get under 1.25 inch consistently. I have never had that problem with a Ruger, Remington, or Winchester. THe worst part about it was that it would put 2 touching or .5" away, then just throw the 3rd shot to god only knows. Just my experience with the only savage I have shot. Good luck with whatever you choose, you really cant go wrong.