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Non-belted substitute for 300 Win Mag?

 
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Old 04-02-2007, 09:22 PM
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Non-belted substitute for 300 Win Mag?

Is there a cartridge out there with similar performance to the 300 Win Mag, but in an unbelted case? I know the 300 RUM, but any others?

I was planning on doing my new rig in 300 Win Mag, but much as I love the cartridge, I don't want to have to deal with belts anymore. Between the "belt bulge" that's a PITA to get out, and the headspacing issues, etc, I'm looking for an accurate 30cal with similar performance. I'd also like to have it be at least reasonably popular so I can get quality dies and good brass (or at least form the casings from good brass). How does the RUM stack up for this? Accuracy is a big concern as it's primarily going to be a paper puncher, lr hunting rig second.
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Re: Non-belted substitute for 300 Win Mag?

300wsm
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Re: Non-belted substitute for 300 Win Mag?

What Skidly said....
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Re: Non-belted substitute for 300 Win Mag?

Another vote for the 300 wsm.
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Re: Non-belted substitute for 300 Win Mag?

300 WSM slightly less performance then the 300 Win Mag.

300 Dakota, slightly more performance then the 300 Win Mag.

Both beltless magnum designs.

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Re: Non-belted substitute for 300 Win Mag?

I recently acquired a new 300wm myself. I've only had my fifty rounds of brass through the chamber and dies a couple times. I've seen no issues. What are they going to be? So far I ignore the belt and size like I would anything else. I like my sizer to just touch the shoulder. Not moving it, just containing it. I appreciate the info. Forewarned is forearmed.
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Old 04-03-2007, 06:31 PM
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Re: Non-belted substitute for 300 Win Mag?

I have loaded belted cases since 1978. Belted rigs I load for right now are 257Wby, 7mmRM, 300WM, 300Wby, 338-378Wby. Never gave a belt a second thought. I usually use Lee Collet dies and only bump the shoulder ever 10 firings or so. Mine all headspace on the shoulders this way just like any other bottlenosed case. I have some 7mm Rem Mag brass that have been fired 30 times. I mainly shoot my 300Wby now and have a batch of 20 in my box that are up to 15 now. These were used in my old 300Wby before I bought my Accumark. I really baby these and only push my 180's to 3300fps and never push 200's over 3160fps at the most. I usually lose brass due to loose primer pockets or neck splits if one does go bad. What's a belt bulge?
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