Originally Posted by 375 Sledgehammer
I've grown out of my long range heavy barrel howitzers it seems.. I much prefer getting back to my roots and tossing a daypack on the back and humping hard and fast into gullies I know hold deer well before sun up.
In saying that, I was out smacking a 6 inch steel plate hung at 471yrds with the M70 EW just yesterday. First three onto the plate, no dramas, after that forget it!
Mine has a 3.5-15x50 NXS with the MOAR in it at present.
I feel pretty much the same. I love my Sendero in .300 Rum but if I'm going to have to carry it more than a mile in the field it's not a lot of fun. I won't dare be taking it at least as a sole gun on any backpacking adventures and If I take it at all the horse gets to carry it for me!
I am wanting to redo one of my 300 M70 stainless models however into a bit heavier and longer barreled configuration but in doing so don't want to add over about a pound, pound and a half at most.
I'm pretty confident with the EW model that anything I can get within 600yds of is just dead, dead, dead, with one squeeze of the trigger but for that 600-1,000yds possibility I want to go a wee bit longer and heavier.
You can read about breaking in my EW 300wm with it's first kill over on the Long Range Hunting and Shooting forum though, you'll probably enjoy it.
Here you go. First Shot On Game.