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Old 12-02-2012, 02:12 AM
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Re: Would like some opinions onto a good 500yd rifle?

I currently own both, a 7mm and the 300. Wsm. Both are factory rifles. Both shoot excellent. I always grab the 300. Wsm before the 7mm, 180 grain nosler accubond at almost 3000 fps. I have a vortex viper PST 4-16x50mm on top of it. It holds well under Moa at 400 yards. Haven't really had to much time past that.

I love both rounds but am partial to the 30 cals and really love the 300. Wsm
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Old 12-02-2012, 06:52 AM
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You choice sounds fine for 500 yard work, with a weight that doesn't become overbearing for mountain hunting. Sporter weight magnum rifles can be effective at 500 yards, but it takes some practice. The only watch out would be if you contract the long range bug, and 500 yards becomes 1000. Seen this happen on more than a few occasions. My buddy just went through a similar decision process and ended up with a Savage Long Range Hunter in 300 WSM. At about 10 pounds fully decked out, it's not much heavier than a sporter, shoots very well at long range, and with the muzzle break, has the recoil of a 308 or lighter. I just mention this because there may be other options.
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Old 12-02-2012, 03:44 PM
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A .300 WSM is a ballistic clone of the .300 Win mag so whatever the .300 WM will do, the .300 WSM will do as well.
The case capacity of the 300 WSM is 80.4 gr (of water) full case, 72.9gr with a flat base bullet seated .400". In comparison the 300 Win Mag is 87.0gr and 82.1gr, respectively.

However, essentially equal is not the same as exactly equal, esp. for those that pushes the envelope, they realize what the extra case capacity can do for them ... just saying.
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Old 12-02-2012, 05:48 PM
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Re: Would like some opinions onto a good 500yd rifle?

Having dragged my Sendero around last year on a TX deer hunt and having elk hunted 4 times now I'd much rather haul around that Sako than the Sendero. There is nothing wrong with your choice of the 300WSM, and if that's what you want then I'd buy it. You will do fine.
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Old 12-03-2012, 10:56 AM
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The case capacity of the 300 WSM is 80.4 gr (of water) full case, 72.9gr with a flat base bullet seated .400". In comparison the 300 Win Mag is 87.0gr and 82.1gr, respectively.

However, essentially equal is not the same as exactly equal, esp. for those that pushes the envelope, they realize what the extra case capacity can do for them ... just saying.

I was talking about use within 500 yards on elk, where the slight edge in case capacity of the WM over the WSM would not change his ballistics much. I agree the case capacity would mean quite a bit more beyond 500 yards.

I also agree that on elk, more powder is better so long as the shooter can handle the recoil. The 300 WM or Weatherby rounds are where I start calling them "elk rounds", but I do push the envelope & know I would consider a shot well over 500 yards so long as I could read the wind & had time to get the range. At 500 yards & under the 300 wsm round should do him well if that's how he wants to go.

What would I recommend he go with for a mountain cary-rifle? I would recommend a Savage long-range hunter in 300 Weatherby, RUM or win mag. That however wasn't the question he asked.
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Old 12-03-2012, 11:54 AM
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I was talking about use within 500 yards on elk, where the slight edge in case capacity of the WM over the WSM would not change his ballistics much. I agree the case capacity would mean quite a bit more beyond 500 yards.

I also agree that on elk, more powder is better so long as the shooter can handle the recoil. The 300 WM or Weatherby rounds are where I start calling them "elk rounds", but I do push the envelope & know I would consider a shot well over 500 yards so long as I could read the wind & had time to get the range. At 500 yards & under the 300 wsm round should do him well if that's how he wants to go.

What would I recommend he go with for a mountain cary-rifle? I would recommend a Savage long-range hunter in 300 Weatherby, RUM or win mag. That however wasn't the question he asked.
I know exactly what you mean, I simply provided information for OP's consideration.
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I can't see you going wrong at 500 and less with the 300 WSM.
+1. Good all around cartridge, if its not broke dont fix it.....

Since you mentioned elk, I would prefer a 300wm, ultra, or of course wsm.

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