Originally Posted by tkruger
I really hope I can use one of the gunsmiths from this site, at least then I know we have the same views on long range hunting. I am still in the process of learning so please bear with me. Is there any reason you would suggest a 26" barrel rather than a longer one?
27" is the longest bbl you need even though I have 2 at 28". If I did it over again, I'd go 27" max. I don't like big heavy rifles. Just my preference. Plenty of hunters taking game like bear and elk at 1000 with 8-9 pound rifles.
The 300 WM is plenty to cleanly take any elk at 1000 yards. My preference would be a 26" barrel, maybe a #4 or 5 contour
I have a 300RUM with a 28" barrel, #4 contour Shilen select match bbl and it is about as heavy as I like. And it shoots very well.
When I draw (notice I wrote "when") for my limited entry elk tag, I'm taking one of my 7mags and my 30.06 as back-up because much of the area allows for close shots where we'll be. There are also long range opportunities where I'll tote the 7mag. Here's what the specs are:
26" Krieger #4.5 SS 9 twist
Jewel trigger (1 pound)
No scope yet, still shopping
Bullet will be either a 168 VLD or 180 VLD, whichever shoots. Nosler brass, Fed 215M primers, and either Retumbo, H1000, Re25, or perhaps Ramshot Magnum.
The .06 shoots 180 Sciroccos into a sweet little hole at 100 yards and about a 4" to 5" group at 400. I'll take a shot at an elk at 500 or less with it
In the event I go to CO and buy an over the counter elk tag, the same 2 rifles will go.