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magnum vs. short magnum

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Unread 03-08-2010, 01:09 AM
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Re: magnum vs. short magnum

I shoot a 300wsm and think the recoil is surprisingly mild. this is coming from a fairly heavy rifle but it is considerably less than a lighter 30-06 I used to own. I do have my doubts about there being less felt recoil than a win mag however. if you are shooting more than walking you might want to try a mag or short mag in a heavy rifle. you might be suprised at how pleasant they actually are. for example, I once shot 20 rounds from a model 700 that was pretty light and ended up with a bruised shoulder. I recently put about 30 through a 300 wsm and the last round was as pleasant as the first. the 300 is a winchester model 70 coyote that weighs about 8 1/2 lbs. and still sports the extremely thin factory recoil pad and a muzzle brake could reduce it even more. In the same rifle I'm sure there's a big difference but in the right rifle I've seen small men put lots of rounds down range with no ill effects. if you want to extend your range don't write off the magnums due to recoil alone. there are many ways to make that extremely managable. probably a good bit milder than your 30-06.
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Unread 03-08-2010, 05:06 AM
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Re: magnum vs. short magnum

IMHO I would put recoil aside and pick which one of the 2 cartridges that best meets your primary needs and then second can I bring recoil down to what I feel is a manageable level. I can't see where there's much of a recoil difference between the 2.
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Unread 03-08-2010, 08:02 AM
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Re: magnum vs. short magnum

I'm shooting ten more grains of powder in my 300 Win Mag than my 300WSM.My 300WSM has a short throat and I have to seat the bullets deeper,so this also uses up powder space.My 300 Win Mag on the other hand,has a very long throat and I have to seat the bullets out much farther and this also increases powder capacity.So the question "Are they equal?"I say "No".The 300 WSM is the most efficient of the two,but the 300 Win Mag is going to beat it,especially with heavier weight bullets.As far as recoil goes,if I'm shooting ten more grains of powder in the same type of rifle,I'm going to notice it and I do.I feel they are what they are,like the 308 is not a 30-06.What I noticed is,I load the same powder charge in my 300WSM with 165gr bullets that I load for my 7mag with 150gr bullets and I load the same charge in my 300 Win. Mag with 165gr bullets that I load for my 7STW with 150gr bullets.
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