Hi guys. I have been looking for a 300 win mag in a Rem 700 for my sons first elk rifle. My intent was to find him something that I could work up a load with Berger 215's and shoot out to 700 yards. At this range, 1 MOA accuracy from a factory rifle will still be adequate. Any longer distance work and we will dig out my custom 300 RUM with 230's.
Yesterday I went to visit my uncle and he gave me an old Remington 721 chambered in 300 H&H. It could use a stock refinish and re-blue but looks to be in fair condition for it's age. It has a 26" barrel. Tomorrow i will clean the barrel thoroughly and run my video bore scope down the pipe and see what condition the bore is in. If that checks out, I don't see any problem getting this rifle to do what we need it to for my son. I would need to buy the dies, shell holder, brass ect. in order to reload this cartridge.
Here is my question:
Before I start down this road with the 300 H&H I would like to know if there is any pitfalls ahead with this model of rifle or with reloading this caliber? I understand the 721 action is basically the same as the 700 aside from the safety and trigger. It looks to have a soldered on sight at the muzzle that will need to come off for a muzzle break too. I appreciate your responses.
I have two 721's both fine rifles. The trigger may need some work and from my standpoint the stocks are horrible. I have had both since the 60's and changed both out years ago, and again recently. One has a Bell & Carlson the other a Brown. MOA may be a challenge depending upon the rifle. They are a great rifle, and the 300 is a great cartridge.
The 300 h@h is one of the two current belted mags that actually somewhat needs the belt as the shoulder angle is rather shallow. That said, you should be able to get decent brass life out of it anyway. My brother is shooting a #1 in 300 h#h. He's getting good perfomance out of his rifle, with 3K on tap with a 180 at moa or better. Same case capacity as the 300 wsm, so no wonder on speed.
Well, I ran my video borescope down the barrel last night with some extra back light to see better. The throat looks really good with a good square start to the lands. It is in great shape as far as "wear" goes. It does have some small pit spots here and there from rust that are fairly deep. The last 6" has a slight overall roughness to it on the lands and down in the groove. I'm not sure if it will shoot well or not in this condition. I hate to buy the dies to find out it's a 2MOA or worse shooter. I guess that's a risk I have to take to find out.