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Unread 02-11-2011, 02:33 PM
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Re: .300WM for Newb?

Started my kids out with 22, then 30-30...one likes my 308 the other flinches badly...I'd say for your first gun you Could, but a brake would help.

If I'm away from shooting for several weeks, it takes about 5 rounds for me to "remember" the loud noise and push don't mean me any harm...so now I take 5 rounds to practice my basics...and really focus on follow through after trigger pull and working the bolt...If I look forward to following through and working the bolt as I pull the trigger I don't seem to flinch. For me after a break from shooting it's 5 shots to get there,...or so.

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Unread 02-11-2011, 09:09 PM
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Re: .300WM for Newb?

id say yes definatly to much. get a .223. good on small game to as far as you want and take deer to 200 easily with good shooting
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Unread 02-11-2011, 09:47 PM
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Re: .300WM for Newb?

Originally Posted by roninflag View Post
do you reload? will it have a brake? what rifle? the rifle is more important than the caliber.

At this point I do not reload. Hope to be hooking up with people that do, so I can learn the ropes.

Yes, I do intend to have a brake. What suggestions do you have for brakes?

The rifle I have in mind at this point is a Sendero. Huskemaw optics.
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Unread 02-12-2011, 07:12 PM
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Re: .300WM for Newb?

vais brake and leup scope on mine. leup cheaper and clearer. jmo. vais - i wear muffs nd puffs when shooting from the bench,.

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Unread 02-14-2011, 03:59 AM
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Re: .300WM for Newb?

Kirby is installing a Slim PainKiller version on my new 300 WSM. He stated that it will reduce recoil more than the Vias, and it won't throw nearly as much dirt up when shooting prone. I've got the same brake on a his Raptor 338 AX, but haven't shot it yet. All the 300 mags I've ever shot had brakes on them. One had a Vias, and it was good, the gun was plenty shootable.

Last fall I shot a 338 edge quite a bit, it had one of Shawn Carlock's brakes on it. I believe it is similar to Kirby's PK brakes, but don't quote me on that.

I have shot unbraked sporter weight 7mm rem mags, and didn't find them enjoyable to shoot at all. Heck, even my dad's old 270 with a steel butt plate just plain hurts after 3 shots!

Downside to muzzle brakes is the added concussion and noise. We can get around the noise with good hearing protection, but I still feel and notice the increase in the concussion (kinda like a really strong gust of warm wind hitting you in the face all the sudden). Still, I'd rather have a brake then not on anything 7mm mag or bigger, especially if it's a light rifle.

I've got a Vias style on a heavy very heavy 22-250. That rifle barely even moves when shot. But it's only shot off the bench.
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Unread 02-14-2011, 06:18 AM
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Re: .300WM for Newb?

Keep the rifle&scope weight at or above 10lb, and even without a brake it won't be much more to handle than an -'06. With a brake you will get the concusion, hmm tradeoffs! Use a sinthetic stock, will eat up more recoil.
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