Originally Posted by Moman
It sounds to me like you're describing the 300 WSM you sold.
I think you're right! When I bought the WSM I thought it was the best thing since sliced bread. But now that its gone I don't miss it and if I went with another 300 I'd like to try 200 to 210 gr bullets. Seems like the Win Mag would be better for these heavier bullets. But the action would be a few ounces heavier I suppose.
I've been an archery hunter so I don't have any experience with bullets and flesh. I've always thought that heavier is better, especially with handguns. When I started shooting rifles I got into the faster is better camp, but now I llike the idea of heavier bullets especially if something goes wrong and a bullet intended for lungs finds its way into the shoulders. At these distances the bullet takes 1/2 to 1 second to get to the target and the animal could move. Maybe I am over-analyzing?
Guys seem to have great success with bullets lighter than 180gr at medium ranges and I can appreciate the 180gr bullets with super high BC in .30 cal and 7mm. They have high muzzle velocites, but the high retained velocity is what impresses me. Maybe this makes up for less bullet mass?
I usually move pretty fast once I make up my mind, but that's the hard part right now. I just need to pick a bullet, then a case to drive it, and build the rifle. I've learned from my other hobbies that sometimes you need to live with something a little while before you know if it works or not. Sometimes internet research, talking, and thinking only go so far. I've gotten to the point where I'll sell things if I find that they don't do what I want rather than live with them. Selling a bolt action generally means a pretty good loss financially though so I need to catious with this one. I suppose that it would be cheaper than that... just rebarrel so its really not as risky as I think assuming I have the right size action.
180 (wsm) vs 200 (300 win) vs 225 (338 win)
I'll let you guys know what I decide...