Thats sounds awesome. Glad your having fun. I went out shooting yesterday, my last 4 rounds of my 300 RUM. I wanted to shoot at my steel gong at 1150 yards. I have always missed my 1st shot, but its real close, after making my final clicks, I usualyl hit it on the 2nd and 3rd, 4th etc... Well this time I went to the range, there were 3 guys there. I was thinking, well there in for a surprise. After showing them where I was shooting, they were kinda looking at me like I was crazy. I had my spotting scope out, I brought my sister as the spotter, I got my video camera out, got my bench out. I told them I was shooting a steel gong about 14"x14" and the range was 1150 yards. All they could say was, "dang thats a long ways." I have read the wind fairly well, and I know that it usually blows to the right. Today, there was no breeze whatsoever, so I did not touch the windage. I let my first shot go and was about 1 1/2 feet low. I thought no problems, I'll go up 2 clicks and here a bonk. Well my 2 clicks brought it up about 1foot, and I hit about 6inches low was all. They were all still amazed I was even remotely hitting close to my target. I put on 1 more click for elevation and let the 3rd shot go. A clean miss, dang it I was mad. I missed about 2 inches to the left, musta got a touch of a breeze on that 3rd shot. I was pretty mad because this was the only time I've been out, and haven't been able to hit the target. It figures because there was people watching. Thats my excuse. My last shot, to be a nice guy, I let one of them shoot it. He said he had never shot a 300 RUM, let alone at 1150 yards so I let him shoot it. I put 4 clicks for wind on and he let the last shot go. He was about a 1 1/2 foot to the right. I still had fun, and I learn something everytime I go out. I just tried explaining to them that when your shooting past 1000, every little thing matters. They were still amazed at the power of the 210g VLD berger bullet at 3000fps as well. It still leaves a substantial blow in the dirt and kicks up dust. Keep shooting at 700-800 till you get real confident and 500 yard shots on deer are piece of cake!
I absolutely love my 300 RUM. I fell in love with mine the day I shot a 3.5" group at 800 yards. With a factory rifle. Nothing more then a trigger job and glass bed with some good reloads. I have hammered 2 bull elk, that got flattened, 1 was 512 yards. Hit him 2 of 3 shots. 1st shot was actually dead standing on his feet as the 200g AB ripped behind his shoulders. He went uphill about 10 yards and was facing striagt away, I tried to put the bullet in his back but missed. At the shot he whirled back down to where he first was and stood broadside again. This time the 3rd shot broke his shoulders, and he went tumbling down the canyon. I wanted a 300 RUM for LR hunting mainly. I have shot mine out to 1150 yards on a 14" gong. The 300 RUM is a pretty impressive cartridge in my opinion. I just cant get over how accurate they are at LR too. I dont have a muzzle brake on my rifle either, and I only weigh 135 lbs. Recoil does not bother me to well. If your looking into buying a LR .308 cal, the 300 RUM is very hard to beat for the price of components. I have had mine for 2 years and I have put about 1000 rounds through it. My barrel is about toast, but I can still ring that gong, so its still alright I guess. I will be screwing a new lilja on it soon and really hope to ring some accuracy and range out of it.
I love these rifles. I like the laminated stocks. Helps soak up the recoil of the 300 RUM. I did NOT want to get the cheap synthetic stock, I felt I would got a lot more felt recoil. I was going to go with the sendero with all the talk about them on here, but I hunt canyons for elk all day and I dont like to pack heavy guns. I figured the LSS would get me out to 800 yards to hit an elk. I think I surpassed that easily. I have actually taken a yote at 775, hit him on the 2nd shot. 1st shot was high because he was slightly downhill, my dad told me to hold on his feet the next shot and kaboom he was down. My rifle loves H-1000, only powder I have really tried with bullets from 150g-220g. I shoot off a concrete bench and a leadsled holds my rifle. I would like to get a nice mcmillan a5 stock, a jewell trigger, and a lilja 28" fluted barrel, I dont want a brake as they are way to loud and I have a hard time remembering to wear ear plugs all the time. The kick does not bother me, If I can shoot those groups w/out a muzzle brake, I really dont feel I need one. But yah, I dont think you would be unhappy with a LSS in 300 WM either.