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
: 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?