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300 WSM here to stay? or did I make a mistake

 
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Old 08-16-2012, 07:24 AM
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300 WSM here to stay? or did I make a mistake

Hey everyone,
I bought an x-bolt in 300 WSM yesterday. I love the x-bolts, so my concern isnt with that. I woke up this morning with a bad feeling in my stomach. My concern..... is the 300WSM here to stay? I had the intentions of either getting a 30.06 or the 300 WSM...unfortunately all shops around here are out of any "good" brand 30.06s...I really wanted an X-bolt...and both shops told me they were back ordered at least through hunting season, in 30.06 for the x-bolt. I tried a remington 30.06 and a savage, and the X-bolt just felt better to me. One shop had a 300 WSM left so I jumped on it and bought it.
My concern is...the 7mm WSM ammo has basically all but disappeared from shelves, and now most gun manufacturers have discontinued the 7mm WSM lines. The 270wsm and 300wsm seem to still be doing well. I noticed there was actually quite an O.K. variety of 300 WSM ammo which was great. But with the economy tanking here in the U.S., do you all think the 300 WSM will survive? By the way, I do not intend on reloading, but may get into it...the equipment seems very expensive and id rather save for a higher powered scope, right now I have an elite bausch and lamb (BUSHNELL) 4200 2.5-10X40 going on it which by the way is a great scope even in low light if anyone has a chance to pick one up at a discounted price I would suggest it.

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Old 08-16-2012, 08:30 AM
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Re: 300 WSM here to stay? or did I make a mistake

I would not worry to much, you can buy the rounds at Wal-Mart that is a pretty good sign. If you reload there you are truly set. You will love you WSM. I do!
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Old 08-16-2012, 09:19 AM
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Re: 300 WSM here to stay? or did I make a mistake

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But with the economy tanking here in the U.S., do you all think the 300 WSM will survive? .
A better question is how long you will survive. Look at what cartridges have survived longest. The 45-70, 30-30, and 30-06 are still quite popular and those have been around over 100 years. . None of those have spectacular performance. Don't worry about it. Go hunting and enjoy your 300 WSM. if you sit around stressed out with worry it will be the worst purchase you ever made.

I shoot a 50-70 Rem Rolling block occasionally which is about to reach 150 years old. Your rifle will be fine as long as you take care of it and want to shoot it.
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Old 08-16-2012, 10:12 AM
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Re: 300 WSM here to stay? or did I make a mistake

Thanks for your responses. You are right, I should just go out enjoy the rifle, and stop worrying about it.
Thanks !!!!!
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Old 08-16-2012, 11:13 AM
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Re: 300 WSM here to stay? or did I make a mistake

I wouldn't worry about it. Besides the initial cost is about the only downside to reloading, and that can be kept somewhat low if you shop around for sales and certain used components.
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Old 08-16-2012, 10:24 PM
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Re: 300 WSM here to stay? or did I make a mistake

I would also mention to save your brass as you shoot up factories. Save them in the original boxes so you know the whole box is the same lot and you aren't all mixed up. If you save your brass and take note of the bullets your rifle really likes, you will be 1/2 way to an accurate load if you start loading.

I rarely buy factories, but some reloaders will mimik the factory rounds they have used by using the same brass and bullets, but switching to canister powder(look up your charges and work up the load) and primers. I've seen it done and it can work wonderfully.
You also don't need to buy new gear; used is often a lot cheaper and this stuff will not wear out if treated well. A couple hundred bucks should get you set up well if you are thrifty.
I love the Bushnell/ b@l scopes(4000/4200 series; 3200 series)-- I've got two 10x, two 6-24x, and an 8-32x. They have been stellar for me for over ten years.
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Old 08-16-2012, 10:32 PM
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Re: 300 WSM here to stay? or did I make a mistake

+1 to what everyone said, buy the 300 WSM. If it goes away (and it wont) you can reload for years...

Hell, I did a 7 WSM last year and I'm not concerned...
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