Re: m70 300 win mag
If you're planning to shoot heavy VLD bullets I'd suggest you check the magazine length of the Win 70 model you're considering. Winchester can put a 3.6" magazine in a model 70 as the did with 7mm STW models but they didn't do that on the 300 WM Larado or sporter I have which they gave a SAAMI (3.34") length magazine. That prevents magazine feeding 300 WM cartridges loaded longer than the SAAMI specs. My Larado is a "classic" claw extractraction model and the sporter an older push feed both manufactured by USRA. Maybe that's not a show stopper for you but it's something to check and consider. I don't have personal experience with Win 70's since FN acquired the Winchester line.
Rem 700s and some SAKOs have 3.6" magazines. Check that on SAKOs too. My only SAKO which shoots a medium length magnum is a TRG-S in 338 WM. It has a 3.6" magazine. The TRG-S was made in 300 WM too.
As to recoil, for me the factory recoil pad is sufficient to prevent bruising on the 300 WM sporter model. The heavier 300 WM Larado model (now discontinued) is noticably gentler. I don't consider recoil a problem for the sporter for a few shots. It might be for many shots in a session, but 300 WM isn't a varminting cartridge.
Last edited by LouBoyd; 05-18-2011 at 09:20 AM.