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Unread 07-25-2010, 08:44 AM
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Re: Factory loads

Excellent recommendations thus far. Like long range hunting/shooting, accurate reloading does not happen overnight, practice, practice, practice, experiment, experiment, experiment ... .

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Reloading is fun ... fair warning, could be addicting ...


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Unread 08-01-2010, 11:20 AM
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Re: Factory loads

I am thinking that if you must shoot factory ammo, then you'll probably be able to find more accurate ammo for the 270 than for the 300 WBY. It will also be cheaper to shoot and/or load for if you go with that gun.

Alot of people will cringe at the use of a 270 on elk at long range, but you've always got the 300 for that. Elk are alot bigger than deer, and the accuracy wouldn't be as important at any given range simply due to the larger vital area of an elk.
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Unread 08-05-2010, 06:44 PM
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Re: Factory loads

I had a rifle in .300 WM that loved Remington CoreLokt. It shot them lights out, and CoreLokt is about the cheapest option out there. It didn't particularly like any other factory ammo. I now reload everything. If you're limited to factory ammo you should try everything you can get your hands on. At the very least you'll be building up a supply of once fired brass to work with in the future, you might be surprised by the performance of what most here consider sub-standard ammo, then again, you might not find anything that works well.
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Unread 08-05-2010, 07:44 PM
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Re: Factory loads

Without a doubt handloading gives you many advantages. Namely you can often choose the bullet you want based on bc, or other performance factor and work up a load that is accurate in yourrifle. However if your not ready to go there yet
500 -600 yds hunting accuracy is very realistic even with factory ammo. In fact every rifle in my safe will shoot good enough for that.
Rule # 1. Make sure your rifle is getting its full potential. Usually means bedding
the action / adjusting the tip pressure or free floating barrel.
Often a trigger job is needed. Check barrel crown and make sure its clean.
With the rifle in top shape I can most often find a factory load that will give 1 moa
and that is plenty good for shooting deer at 500, 600 yds.Take that same rifle and you likely can build a load that will cut the group in half.
My first trip to the range with a new X-Bolt 300 WinMag out of the box rifle shooting Rem Premium 180 Gr Scirroco factory ammo I got slightly less than 1 moa.
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Unread 08-07-2010, 03:42 PM
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Re: Factory loads

It's good to read all of your responses. I agree that if I continue to go the factory ammo direction for a while I will probably be able to find more accurate loads for my 270 win than my 300 wby. There just doesn't seem to be much out there for the 300 wby compared to others. I'll have to do some more shooting and report back if I find any factory ammo worth shooting out to 500+ yards.

Thanks for your help.

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