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Old 03-21-2011, 08:10 AM
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Companion Caliber for 300WM.

1st post, sorry if this has been asked before. I did a quick search but nothing came up readily.

1st Great site. I passed it by a few times as I thought it was more geared towards hunting. Once I lurked for a while I found the info quite informative.

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I started like many with pistols. As I became more active at my club the friendly membership (you know the guys) hang around together, know a ton about shooting, and are always willing to drag a guy into their respective shooting sport have forced me to take up clays. Like sharks smelling blood in the water the rest see an easy mark (I admit I am) and convince you that what you really need to do is shoot pins, plate. Then the long range / bench shooters start in and before you know it you are completely corrupted.

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So long range guys currently have their fangs in me. A couple years ago I purchased a AR-30 in 300WM. After reading some of the post here and the thread on budget rifles I noted the idea of a companion caliber (my verbiage). So what is a caliber that behaves similarly to 300WM but a shorter distances? The club I attend regularly only has a 200yd range. While I have no problem shooting there I would like something to practice with that is cheaper to shoot and does not have quite the bark (for surrounding shooters) that the 300WM has with the brake.
From what I read I am probably going to go with a Savage (seems preferred here and I have a BTVSS in .22 I am very fond of). The question would be is there a benefit to stainless vs. blued steel actions aside from the obvious?
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Old 03-21-2011, 08:20 AM
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Re: Companion Caliber for 300WM.

Hello and welcome to the forum. If you have never had the pleasure of the light recoil and superb accuracy of a 6mm BR I would suggest you shoot one. At 200 yards you will soon be bored with all the one hole groups. And I believe Savage chamberes this round too (6mm Norma)

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Old 03-21-2011, 08:28 AM
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Re: Companion Caliber for 300WM.

Thanks Jeff,

Looked quick and it does not really show a significant savings over the 300WM. I am not reloading just yet although I am hording 300WM empty cases once fired and collecting reloading equipment. Still have a few things to get.

Do the .204 Ruger, 22-250, or .223 fit the bill of what i might be searching for? My thought would be that .223 would be ideal but I am not sure how it would translate to match the .300WM.

I could easily be blowing the advantage out of proportion. Been know to do that.
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Old 03-21-2011, 08:45 AM
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Re: Companion Caliber for 300WM.

The .223 would be very cheap to shoot , if factory loaded ammo is the only option. But in my opinion is not capable of the accuracy of a 6 br.

I load for both the 300 WM and the 6 BR. The br is cheap to load once you have the brass. Lapua brass has a long life and goes for about $75 per 100. My 6 br only used 30 gr of powder per load (less than 1/2 of a 300 WM) and shoots 107 gr SMK's for $26 /per 100. Then 100 primers for about 3 cents ea. It may not be what you are looking for, but I feel this is a great round for any type of practice even to distances of 1000 yards.

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Old 03-21-2011, 09:02 AM
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Re: Companion Caliber for 300WM.

Thanks I will keep that in mind. Maybe I will have to look into stepping up my reloading program. Right now it is difficult as I am trying to keep 2 business afloat (restoring old cars and making custom hand guards for Saigas) and have gone from 2 income household to 1. Seems not many people want to play with cars these days unless it is daily transportation.

I was also giving it a little more thought to help narrow it down. Ideally the round would behave similarly at 1/2 distance. Ie out of the box X round at 300yd would behave similarly to out of the box 300WM @ 600yd.
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Re: Companion Caliber for 300WM.

6mmbr. start reloadink
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Old 03-21-2011, 10:28 AM
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Re: Companion Caliber for 300WM.

If you are looking for an accurate rifle to shoot for practice and want it last for a long time before rebarreling, give serious consideration to a .30BR. You can read a lot about the cartridge here: 30BR Guide - 30 BR Benchrest Lapua Cartridge with Reloading, .308 Bullet, Accuracy, and Competition Info. Done right, it will shoot with match accuracy to 300 yards and hold match accuracy for 5000 to 7000 rounds.

Find one of the Savage Model 12 short action varmint/target rifles, buy a prechambered .30BR barrel for it, and you are good to go.

You have to reload for it, but then if you are serious about LR hunting you will doubtless end up reloading anyway.

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