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Old 08-12-2003, 01:43 PM
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300 wsm bullet selection for whitetails 0-700 yards

I am building my first long range rifle in 300 wsm. I want to shoot whitetails and the range will most likely be 200-700 yards. My plan was to use 150 grain ballistic tips but after finding this website you guys have me wondering what would be the best bullet for this purpose. You seem to favor heavy matchkings. What bullet and or load would you recommend? I have a 1-10 twist barrel. Thanks. [img]images/icons/grin.gif[/img] [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img] [img]images/icons/confused.gif[/img]
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Re: 300 wsm bullet selection for whitetails 0-700 yards

190gr JLK.... [img]images/icons/wink.gif[/img]
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Re: 300 wsm bullet selection for whitetails 0-700 yards

weaverism,

Up front I'll tell you I'm new to LR hunting and that I've never had any experience with the 300 WSM. Be that as it may, I'll share with you what I've learned on this forum.

The 300 WSM is an upcoming favorite for LR shooting here on a variety of game. Most of the experts in here have recommended time and time again the Sierra Match Kings, Hornady A-MAX and Cauterucio bullets - all of which are "intedended for target shooting only". However, the arguments for shooting these types of bullets have convinced me to go with them. I'll tell you, like they told me, that the single most important thing in LR shooting is practice. Good optics, accurate rangefinders, drop charts, etc. all are required but practice is mandatory. Most of the guys here shoot several hundred or even thousands of rounds in preparation for hunting. So before going the length of setting everthing up for LR shooting in the way of equipment, make sure you have a good range to practice on.

I myself got myself a new LR whitetail rig for shooting the 0-700 distances. It is a Rem 700 Sendero in 7 RUM topped with a Sightron 6-24 X scope with mil-dot reticle. I am still waiting on my Hornady A-MAX 162 grain bullets to arrive so I can't tell you how it performs.

Remember, whatever bullet you go with, use it within its design range. Match bullets will work at LR. Hunting bullets may not work at 600+yards as they are intended for impacting at closer ranges and at higher velocities.

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Re: 300 wsm bullet selection for whitetails 0-700 yards

I have some 162 A-Max's for sale...Let me know if you need more...
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Re: 300 wsm bullet selection for whitetails 0-700 yards

Hornady claims that the 162gr A-MAX bullet requires a 1 in 8" twist. Who's got an 8 twist 7mm rifle?
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Re: 300 wsm bullet selection for whitetails 0-700 yards

I might have unless someone can give a good reason to build that 284 on a 9 twist. All the barrel makers told me to go with the 8 twist for the 7 mm VLD's at long range. So that is what I ordered. I still have a little time to change my mind if some can tell me I need to.
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Re: 300 wsm bullet selection for whitetails 0-700 yards

Mountaineer,
Check the mil dot spacing on your Sightron on a barber pole with 4 inch bars at 111 yds before you use it to range or for hold offs. I have looked through a couple of Sightron mildot scopes and the dots were not spaced correctly at the designated magnification.
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