I am having a couple of BBLs chamberd up for my 1 K comp gun. I was discussing chamber options with my gunsmith(one of the top guys in the country) and the 300WSM came up. I am a 300 wby shooter. My smith says that I just plain don't need that much case capasity. I have had some sucsess with the WBY case, so trying to convince me to change would be a challange!!
He sugjested the 300 Win mag, stating it pushes the 200 - 240 grain bullets at the optimum speeds with the best load density. I sugjested the 300 WSM, since it had the SFC (short, fat case) design that the benchrest world seems to love. He agreed that the WSM shooters are getting comparible velocitys as the Win Mag shooters........BUT......."AT CONSIDERABLY HIGHER CHAMBER PRESSURES". The WSM is designed around new, modern guns, and thus, higher chamber PSI is acceptible. I am not saying that the WSM is unsafe. Not at all. I am saying that, run at comparible chamber PSI, the 300 Win will run away from the 300WSM with any given bullets. I sugjested to him that the chamber pressure numbers are comparible, from what I saw. He told me that one is in pounds per sq in., the other is in CUP......BIG DIFFERENCE.
Now, this is from my gunsmith...........................I don't own any testing equipment. I have never tried the WSM. I do know that Danny Brooks K I L L E D us at the IBS 1 K nationals in Ohio with a WSM, both LG and HG!!!! So the WSM shoots. No question. But,evdently, if you want to get WIN Mag velocitys out out of a WSM, you need to run at higher pressures.