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Unread 10-30-2006, 10:15 PM
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Question on Caliber/Recoil & Stocks


I have access to some very nice private land here in Colorado with three different "stands" that overlook a park, ridge and a draw. Shots on deer and elk would be from 150 to max of 400 yards or so. Like to have a good 400 yard rifle.

Almost bought a 300 Win Mag Sendero last week. Been concerned about recoil...getting old and quite a few miles on the chassis.... Anyway.. thought the Sendero or any "9-12" pound rifle would be heavy enough so I could stand the kick.
But then got another idea.. how about the 325 WSM or 300 WSM?

Looked a 325 WSM info but got afraid of the recoil as most rifles seem to be 7 pounds or so. Don't like the idea of a muzzle brake due to noise.

But how about a 325 or 300 WSM in a gun with a Knoxx recoil stock? Might be lighter to tote than the Sendero and still not kick as much....

Your thoughts please.... Knoxx ok or not and how does this sound to you.... 300 WSM or 325 WSM in Remington or Howa with a Knoxx stock.....?


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Unread 10-30-2006, 10:22 PM
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Re: Question on Caliber/Recoil & Stocks

Well, here is my opinion. The short mags have less felt recoil, but they have more muzzle blast (typically shorter barrels on them) and greater recoil velocity.

If you are recoil shy or just don't want to take that kind of abuse, get a 30-06. I know its not as flashy or trendy as the shortmags or 300WM, but it is plenty gun for 400 yards. I would feel a little better too knowing that I would not miss or make a bad shot because I was thinking in the back of my mind how hard this gun kicked at the range or how purple my shoulder was.

If you were set on getting a 300 or 325 WSM, get the lightweight one and have Shawn or Kirby or Chris or one of the other fine smiths around here or in your neck of the woods and put a muzzlebreak on there. The lighter the rifle the more efficient the break will be. That way you can have your cake and eat it too!
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Unread 10-30-2006, 11:31 PM
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Re: Question on Caliber/Recoil & Stocks

You might consider a .280A/I if you reload, or a .280 Rem. if you donít. A laminated stock with a Limb Saver pad and a medium weight barrel should make for an easy to carry, mild recoiling rig. With good glass and premium bullets, either caliber will be potent enough for deer or elk out past the 400 yard range. JMHO
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Unread 10-31-2006, 12:47 AM
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Re: Question on Caliber/Recoil & Stocks

Hi i would go back and buy that 300 Win mAg Sendaro you have a perfect base for the perfect custom medium range rifle. They have a R# recoil padd and i believe they are the best available. send it to shawn oe Kirby and have a DE break fitted. reload ammo for it and just use starting loads and recoil will be fine.

Good Luck the WSM's are in lighter rifles so they will kick more than a 300 sendaro

Cheers Bill
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Unread 10-31-2006, 12:34 PM
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Re: Question on Caliber/Recoil & Stocks

I know Im taking a different route than any one else. I would go with a cooper in a 6.5x284, If you reload. If not the 300wm will work great along with a old 30-06. The 300wm will kick more. I would personally look for the 6.5 in the cooper. But all of them will work.
I dont know who ever came up with the imaganary word of "Over Gunned"
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Unread 11-01-2006, 08:54 AM
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Re: Question on Caliber/Recoil & Stocks

I would go with the sendero and load up some 178 amaxs for deer. Recoil is not bad and out of mine they shoot great at 400yds.
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Unread 11-01-2006, 10:18 AM
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Re: Question on Caliber/Recoil & Stocks

Sorry, posted to wrong thread!
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