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Unread 03-18-2012, 08:00 PM
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Caliber decision

Hello folks,

I am trying to decide on which caliber to choose. 308 or 300 WinMag? My current rifle is a Remington BDL SS 30.06 with a older than dirt Leupold scope. I bought a heavy fluted barrel in 30 cal from a friend (who i trust with my life, since we work together) and a B&C M40 stock. Machine work is about $250 with a trigger job. Now its just deciding on what caliber. I like the longevity of a 308 and I know its a sister to the 30.06 but I like the 300 winmag but I am a little hesitent on the recoil. I am trying to build a rifle to start out in Long Range shooting (competition) but still use it for hunting without caring around a tank. Any advise would be great.
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    Re: Caliber decision

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    Hello folks,

    I am trying to decide on which caliber to choose. 308 or 300 WinMag? My current rifle is a Remington BDL SS 30.06 with a older than dirt Leupold scope. I bought a heavy fluted barrel in 30 cal from a friend (who i trust with my life, since we work together) and a B&C M40 stock. Machine work is about $250 with a trigger job. Now its just deciding on what caliber. I like the longevity of a 308 and I know its a sister to the 30.06 but I like the 300 winmag but I am a little hesitent on the recoil. I am trying to build a rifle to start out in Long Range shooting (competition) but still use it for hunting without caring around a tank. Any advise would be great.
    What is the profile of the barrel you bought? I would forgo a new barrel and spend the cash on a better scope, rings and a base. Just my opnion but 30-06 is not a slouch.

    All that said go 300 win mag with a brake
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    Re: Caliber decision

    Its a PAC-NOR at 26" which has to be rethreaded so I believe it will drop it down to a 22" I believe and its a heavy barrel contour with fluting. Its used one with only about 110 rounds through it. I have a Tubbs heavy duty recoil lug and I am ordering TPS one piece base along with their short rings. Yes I know I need a new scope. For now I am going to borrow my buddies Leupold Mark 4. I can get those at a good price when the time comes.
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    I am no expert by any strech. That said I would go with the 300 wm. With the little bit more MV and you can run the heavier bullets that have a higher BC. This is only my opinion. I am not taking anything away from the .308.

    Last edited by LopezLad; 03-18-2012 at 09:02 PM. Reason: I missed something put a break on it the recoil will be reduced.
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    No, I appreciate all the advice. I love the 300, I just know its cheaper shooting a 308 for practice with reloads than a 300 but I want the ability to reach out and touch something without having to aim like a howitzer.
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    You have a 06 right? Moving to a 308 is a step down in my opinion. Moving to a 300 WM is a couple steps up and the way I would go but it would be a minor mistake to use a 22 inch barrel on the 300. You need to talk with a smith and see how much barrel you can save. What is the barrels twist rate? You may want a different barrel.
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    Re: Caliber decision

    If I stay with 300 cal then I dont think I need to cut the barrel but if I go with the 308 I need to cut and rethread. I just hear that a lot of people complain about the recoil from 300.
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