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Old 12-13-2010, 06:31 PM
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300 rum basic loading question

I was going to build a 7stw, or 300 win, but am setting my sights on a 300 rum now, because a friend who has been loading for quite a few years, has told me that he can work up 2 loads, one for long range, hard hitting, flat trajectory for killing Elk out to about 600yds, and one tamed down for my bush hunting that will shoulder bite me like a 300win. Which will be 75% of my hunting, but both can and will happen in the same day at times, when we hunt out to our tree stands which gives us clear views from very low yardages, out to over 700yds.

My question,,, is the 2 load idea a reasonable idea?

Poking fun at my vast knowledge is OK too. I have a tough chin.
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Old 12-13-2010, 08:22 PM
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Re: 300 rum basic loading question

How do you intend to sight the gun in when you have two very different loads that will likely shoot to different points of aim? I'd just work up a single load that is adequate for your elk hunting and use it for everything. or ......... skip the 300 RUM which will rarely be "needed" and build a gun in 300 wby, 7STW or a similar cartridge.

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I was going to build a 7stw, or 300 win, but am setting my sights on a 300 rum now, because a friend who has been loading for quite a few years, has told me that he can work up 2 loads, one for long range, hard hitting, flat trajectory for killing Elk out to about 600yds, and one tamed down for my bush hunting that will shoulder bite me like a 300win. Which will be 75% of my hunting, but both can and will happen in the same day at times, when we hunt out to our tree stands which gives us clear views from very low yardages, out to over 700yds.

My question,,, is the 2 load idea a reasonable idea?

Poking fun at my vast knowledge is OK too. I have a tough chin.
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Old 12-13-2010, 09:17 PM
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Re: 300 rum basic loading question

I have a sendero 300RUM and if I had it all to do again I would have chosen a 7MM STW instead. It will drop an elk out to 1000 yards. There are very few guns that when shooting a 140gr factory ammo can still be pushing the bullet at 2550fps at 500 yards. The 300RUM can't. As soon as my barrel is toast I am having it rechambered to a 7MM STW. Heck if I had the money right now I would be ordering a new 30" broughton barrel and have my smith rechamber it to a 7MM STW, would have to change a few things with the action, but in the end it would be a killer out to and past 1000 yards.
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Old 12-13-2010, 09:33 PM
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Re: 300 rum basic loading question

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I was going to build a 7stw, or 300 win, but am setting my sights on a 300 rum now, because a friend who has been loading for quite a few years, has told me that he can work up 2 loads, one for long range, hard hitting, flat trajectory for killing Elk out to about 600yds, and one tamed down for my bush hunting that will shoulder bite me like a 300win. Which will be 75% of my hunting, but both can and will happen in the same day at times, when we hunt out to our tree stands which gives us clear views from very low yardages, out to over 700yds.

My question,,, is the 2 load idea a reasonable idea?

Poking fun at my vast knowledge is OK too. I have a tough chin.

The 300 rum Is one of the best all round cartridges available, And multiple loads is always good is you intend to hunt different types/sizes of game.

I have several rifles setup to use different loads and not just for recoil.

Bullet selection is very important to get the best performance (For close up tough skinned game I
use well constructed bullets with thick jackets, For extreme ranges I like the fast expanding
bullets like the ballistic tip.

For all round hunting I use the bonded core type bullets.

With some deliberate loading you can have 2 or 3 loads with the same Point of impact at there intended use and distance.

Remington loads 3 different levels of power/recoil for the 300 RUM so you don't have to use 180's
to hunt varmints with the RUM but if you need the power the big rum will do just about everything
very well.

It is easy to build a drop chart that will accommodate 2 or 3 different loads if you don't want to
spend the time to work them up to the same POI.

I color code my multiple load drop charts for fast recognition.

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Old 12-13-2010, 09:45 PM
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Re: 300 rum basic loading question

Good points and this is why I am asking. We have tree stands we set up 2 years ago, about 2 mi from our cabin which give us some nice views to about 725yds. I have passed on some shots because, me and my old 20" barrel ruger were not up to the challenge. The thought was that I could build a bullet/load combination with a 200 to 210 gr using a 250 to 300 zero, then load down and with a lighter 165-175 gr using a few combos and trying to find one with a zero thats close. Wouldn't work for target
but I thought it would for hitting the boiler room.
I read about people pushing their loads to the extreme, thought this process could be done in reverse for more friendly lighter shoulder hitting for 75% of my hunting in the bush and under 300 yds.
I haven't comepletly ruled out the 7stw yet either. But would think the same could be done with any cal. Am I Wrong?
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Old 12-13-2010, 09:54 PM
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Re: 300 rum basic loading question

Thanks for jumping in guys. The points made are valid to me. It does seem as JE put it that in theory I could do this, and get a bit less bite in the old shoulder, and maybe a longer barrel life, and still have the great hunting caliber that I know the 300 rum is.
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Old 12-14-2010, 01:09 AM
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Re: 300 rum basic loading question

I always tell people that dead is dead. I own a wild cat 7STW and sold my 30-378. One you have 175 grain bullets and the other chucked 210's - 240's My st is fun to shoot compared to the muzzle brake 30. Both have 8 pound barrels

The 300 rum is cannon also. You should have it made with 28 -30 ich barrels.
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