Originally Posted by Nimrodmar10
You might not want to decide too soon. I've got the Remington 700 XCR LRT in the 300 Win Mag. Great rifle. 26" fluted barrel, all nytrited stainless steel barrel and action, Rem. 40x trigger, B&C stock with aluminum bedding block, etc.
It has a 1 in 10" twist barrel and I'm shooting the Berger 210 gr. VLD at 2835 fps into 1/2 MOA groups out to 600 yards (longest range I have). I don't know what you have in mind for the gun, but anything a 308 will do, a 300 WM will do better.
It'll even recoil better, burn more powder better, and crack brass better, too, huh?
For target shooting, everyone needs a .308 in their arsenal. It will make you a better shot, b/c it's slower than the 300 WM, and will help you learn how to judge wind-drift better. It's cheaper to shoot. Brass for the .308 Win lasts longer. It's barrel will last for 10,000+ rounds. Recoil is virtually nothing. And they are enjoyable to shoot all day without feeling like your arm fell off.
And personally, I think not only is the .308 a better learning gun for LR, but even advanced shooters will tell you that it's just plain enjoyable to shoot sometimes compared to a big-bore monster.
There's nothing wrong with the big bores, I have a few of them, but sometimes they just aren't enjoyable to sit and shoot all day, ya know?
It's all up to the OP in the end.....However, all I'm saying is, that just b/c something is bigger & faster, doesn't make it better for every situation.