Charles, thats almost what I'm thinking. Currently shooting my 300 RUM with 210g VLD's and am quite happy. They are shooting around 3000fps. At 1200 yards, I have something like a little over 1100lbs and 1400fps. The 300g SMK at 2700fps has about the same fps, but has almost 1500lbs at 1200 yards. So basically the 300g just hits a little harder. The big 300g also drops a lot more. Wind drift is almost identical. I still think its hard to beat a 300 RUM with at least a 200g high bc bullet for around 1000 yards. I have no way of rangefinding anything past 800 right now, and the only way I know that "white rock" at 1150 is because I clicked untill I was on, then looked at the charts. Right now, I can say I cant take full advantage of what the 300 RUM has to offer me, so I will probly just stick with it and use the 210g VLD, 220g SMK, or 225g ULD. Those are my 3 bullets of choice for when I rebarrel. On a side note, I went yote hunting this morning with my 300 RUM and some of the 210g VLD's. My dad and I took the foxpro
out and within 5 minutes of our first stand, we had a dog running our way. IT was pretty foggy, and visibility was limited to about 250-300 yards. Pretty crappy day, but hey we still had a dog running in. Not exactly long range, but when she stopped at 118 yards, she got way layed by one of them 210g VLD's. I hit her right in the shoulder, completely destryong the offside and almost ripping the whole shoulder off. IT was just hanging by meat basically. I would say the hole was 6-8 inches. There was fur everywhere and it literally almost lifted and flipped the dog when the bullet hit. One of the coolest things I have seen in quite some time. My dad was impressed. That makes coyote #50 and I couldn't have thought of a better rifle/bullet combo to make it happen. DOnt think I will have any problems with this bullet opening up on deer. Just thought I would share a little hunting trip this morning. Thanks to all who replied.