Re: 300 wsm versus 300 winmag
Im just an opinionated individual, but Id gladly trade my 300wby for a 300wsm anyday.-no belted case, no freebore, less powder, and cost of supplies(brass etc.) fed 210 or fed 215mag primers so you likely wont run out in a supply shortage............ like were currently in, theres lots of advantages to the wsm.
If I was limmited to 1 rifle for hunting whatever I wanted here in the states, Id go with the 300wsm. Not too big, or not too small for anything, and range from near to far is covered. Plus you save a few ounces of wt with the short action, but dont loose much if any in the way of performance. Combine that with the widest selection of bullets (30 cal) from gopher to griz its covered, and youve got yourself a winner.
Much the same can be said of the win mag, but its a tic heavier. If you hunt flatland sit in a stand or lounge in a box and wait for whitetails, who cares how heavy it is, but when you run in rugged country like the brakes of the Snake River in Hells Canyon, every ounce counts! Of course wt of optics can make that point mute......... so......... just an opinion. Start light and save/shave ounces where you can, depending on intended use.
Ive was never a short action fan. There just wasnt a short action cartrige made that impressed me for where and what I hunt (deer, bear, elk etc in the Northwest), untill I owned a 270wsm, now Im a beliver. You really can get a hot rod hammer in a short action.
But like I said Im an opinionated individual. I am by no means trying to detract from the obviously deserved greatness of the 300 win mag cartrige. I just like the idea of having equal performance from a lighter wt, short action rifle is all. Both are fine cartriges and deserve the exelent reputation they have earned from taking game of all sizes at many ranges, in many near and far away places. You will do well with either.
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