Re: 300 WM vs 300 WSM .... continued ....
24" is ok. 26 really shines tho! You can take advantage of slower burning powders.
I'm having a long action 300WSM with a 26" pipe being built right now to launch 200 gr Accubonds at about 2900, & 180gr Accubonds at about 3100.
That gives me the "magic 1500 ft lbs" for Elk, & plenty of speed for full expansion of a bonded bullet.
Just for referance, those speeds meet or Exceed my 24" piped 300 Wby! (which is why I sold it) plus its more efficient component wise. Now if I had a 26"+ pipe on my ol 300Wby it'd be a different story. But that lil 300WSM will basically match or squeak past a 300 win mag with bullets up to the 200gr class, with the same or less powder consumption. I read a post in the classifides where somebody stated the 300WSM had 1/4 or 1/2 the barrel life. Id like to know what he was Smokin! That's a Complete Crock!
Some folks need to be educated before they post B.S. on a public forum. I just didn't bother to post an answer there due to the question being posed in the wrong place.
If you want to launch 210, 215, or 230 gr Bergers, I think the Win Mag has the upper hand, & its an Awesome cartrige. When you get right down to it your basically splitting hairs on the two. Depending on the rifle (not cartrige) you could load either one up to edge out the other. You just can't go wrong with either.
Best of luck to you.
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