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Old 04-13-2012, 07:31 PM
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help! pick cartridge for new rifle...

Hello, This is my first post, hope to get good info/advise!

Buying new Browning X-Bolt Comp Stalker with Leupy VXII 3-9x40, LOTS of research. This will flank my Rem 700 Mountain in 308 with crappy 3-9x40.

Need help picking a cartridge. X Bolt to be used for Deer/ Moose / ELK out to 400 yds *personal MAX*; in open prairie for deer, northern canadian mixed forest for Moose / Elk.

Rifle has to be light / short to carry in nasty bush. I use my 308 for Deer **sucessfully** and will use for Moose / Elk **just starting out** at shorter ranges. Not looking at the std mag's **300WM / 7RM / 338WM** they're too long; 46.75 OAL for the X-Bolt. I don't handload but buy premium factory loads, not worried about obscure loads can stock pile.

My cartridge preferences for the X bolt, in order with reason:

1. 300 WSM; similar #'s to 300 WM, great for Deer(150gr) Moose / Elk (180)
2. 7 WSM; great SD, very flat shooting
3. 325 WSM: .015 bigger bullet then 300, but little more recoil, big for Deer
4. 30/06: similar to 308, reach a little further, best ammo selection
5. 280 REM: similar to 308, flat shooting with good reach

Any advise ON CARTRIDGE selection would be great! Also, anyone have ejection / feeding problems with X-Bolts in WSM's?

Thanks,
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Old 04-13-2012, 10:14 PM
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Re: help! pick cartridge for new rifle...

I would go with the 300 WSM for your first choice if you are not going to hand load ,good bullet choice and ammo is usally easy to find, the 7 WSM is also a great choice, but ammo can somtimes be harder to find, which ever you choose I would suggest trying several bullet choices and pick the one that shoots best for you, I always try and pick the biggest bullet with the best BC and just stick with it. I wouldnt change bullet weight after finding a load that works, it will just be more consistent if you stick with one, good luck and happy hunting
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Old 04-14-2012, 12:14 AM
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Re: help! pick cartridge for new rifle...

From the rounds you listed I would opt for the 300wsm as well. Great elk cartridge. Why the x-bolt? Since you have not decided on caliber yet I am assuming something particular struck you about the xbolt in general? Just curious................ Also have you considered just upgrading your 308 scope and loading it heavy for elk? At 400 it ought to be ok with heavy bullets and good shot placement.
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Old 04-14-2012, 03:50 AM
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Re: help! pick cartridge for new rifle...

Thanks for the info so far!

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Also have you considered just upgrading your 308 scope and loading it heavy for elk?
I only own the one rifle, 308, it will be either my primary or backup depending on which hunt I'm on, I will be getting premium 180's as a backup for Moose / Elk. It's treated me well on numerous whitetail to date; 5x5 buck shot threw the heart @ 250 yds... also I have $$ buring in my pocket and NEED a new rifle!

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Why the x-bolt?
Fits me very well, points great
The weight; 6.4 lbs is in the range I'm wanting
The OAL; 42.75" for the WSM's is also what I'm wanting
Great reviews regarding the stock/recoil pad being able to absorb lots of recoil
Own a 10 yr old Win SX2 shotty and love the DURATOUCH, still in exc shape!
Trigger/det mag/rifle's accuracy got good reviews.

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 7 WSM is also a great choice, but ammo can somtimes be harder to find
I noticed that as well, luckily I live not too far from Cabelas / Wholesale Sports in Winnipeg, Canada so if I went with the 7 and they had my ammo, i would definitely stock pile. But, that is one of the main reasons why the 300 WSM is @ # 1.
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Old 04-14-2012, 01:18 PM
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Re: help! pick cartridge for new rifle...

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Thanks for the info so far!




7 WSM is also a great choice, But, that is one of the main reasons why the 300 WSM is @ # 1.
Sounds right to me.
IMHO You just nailed it. If 300wsm is available, will do the job you need done, and works for you, then go with it.

Let us know how it shoots.
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Another vote for the 300 wsm.
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Old 04-14-2012, 03:17 PM
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Re: help! pick cartridge for new rifle...

Well so far 4 votes for the 300 WSM... that's what I'm leaning towards.

Also, anyone have ejection / feeding problems with X-Bolts in WSM's? I've read about some issues.

Thanks again for all/any info!
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