i have a 300 weatherby mag in a mark V action sitting in the corner that i no longer enjoy shooting, it kicked the snot out of me and i added a holland quick discharge muzzle break and the noise is so unbearable that i hate shooting it just as much as i did before adding the break so ive been pondering the idea of a semi custom rifle built on the action...im a 264 win mag freak and have 3 of them so at this point that caliber is out of the equation...im looking for suggestions on what to build and here is a small list of what im looking for
a caliber that does NOT need a muzzle break to shoot it comfortably
fairly flat trajectory
good bullet selction
not horribly expensive as far as components, such as brass to come by and or fire form
i would consider this rifle a "hunting weight" rifle so nothing too heavy
it would be used for deer/antelope/bear and possibly elk
i like the thought of having a 7mm stw but not sure i would like the recoil so fire away with your suggestions
I'm assuming you didn't wear hearing protection when shooting it?
I took my 340 with an Accubrake elk hunting this year and it shoots like a dream. However, I also keep foam earplugs in my pocket to use if time permits. When practicing or at the bench I always wear hearing protection with any rifle so brake or no brake it makes no difference.
You have several options for builds with less noise and/or recoil off a .300 Weatherby with the most logical being a .257 Weatherby.
Another option would be to opt for a slightly less effective muzzle brake that creates a lot less muzzle blast. I'm seriously considering taking the Accubrake off my 338/378 and putting on one of the smaller Muscle-Brakes. This (I have been told) will increase my felt recoil by 20% but reduce the noise level by 50% — a trade-off I can live with.
Your third option is the most logical — swap the .300 Weatherby for a rifle you want or sell yours outright & buy what you want. If I knew the version of the Mark-V you have I might just make an offer.
ive heard of the 6.5stw but heard that barrell life is short but have yet to find any info on it and i have no idea how to fire form brass as im very new to reloading. i cant find any info on the 6.5-300 either so if you have any info and or ballistics that would be great.....yes i did wear hearing protection but if you have never been around a darrell holland muzzle break your not missing much other than an incredibly concussion and muzzle blast but it is VERY effective in reducing recoil...at this point im not interested in selling it for whatever reason. i already have a 257 weatherby in a vanguard rifle but its for sale at this time as i never shoot it, i took it to wyoming with me this year but it never left the truck i just didnt have any trust in the rifle. the rifle i have is stainless and it was manufactured in 1997 if that helps you deteremine what one it is
As noted above, I'd consider changing brake styles. The muscle brake is highly regarded as a side discharge brake that is also effective.
I have Accubrakes on a couple of rifles. I find that using this brake on the range under the canopy or deeper in the woods will result in it sounding loud. If I shoot it in wide open spaces the noise is not bad and the blast not even noticeable. I happened to not have my earplugs in when shooting off a small plateau and taking my elk this year. I never noticed the noise or blast at all. 4 days later in the woods I had to make a quick shot - and I sure noticed the noise then!
My point is that any surrounding surface that might bounce the noise back at you will make it sound louder.
What about a 7mm Wby? It will probably be on the border of too much recoil, but it sure is a great preformer.
I think that anything less than a 7 WBY almost does the Mark V action an injustice. Its an action built for high horsepower, big chambering. A 6.5 would be cool, but with 3 .264's it would be totally redundant.