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300 Win. Mag. Is it the all-around cartrige?

 
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Old 03-25-2012, 08:14 PM
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300 Win. Mag. Is it the all-around cartrige?

When I got back from Alaska last summer I realized that I didn't have a gun big enough for defending myself against Brownies. I am also driven to fire 500 rds. per year or so from the bench. After doing some research, I sold my hole- in-one 308 Win. and bought a Thompson Venture in 300 Win. Mag. I have have not been disappointed with the accuracy of this gun, but I am taking a bit of a beating from the bench. The 6.5 mm guys that I compete against just shake their heads in disgust when it's my turn to spit lead. Here's the question: Is there a cartrige out there that will ward off big bear and not punish you from the bench?

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Crusty Buck
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Old 03-25-2012, 08:36 PM
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Re: 300 Win. Mag. Is it the all-around cartrige?

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When I got back from Alaska last summer I realized that I didn't have a gun big enough for defending myself against Brownies. I am also driven to fire 500 rds. per year or so from the bench. After doing some research, I sold my hole- in-one 308 Win. and bought a Thompson Venture in 300 Win. Mag. I have have not been disappointed with the accuracy of this gun, but I am taking a bit of a beating from the bench. The 6.5 mm guys that I compete against just shake their heads in disgust when it's my turn to spit lead. Here's the question: Is there a cartrige out there that will ward off big bear and not punish you from the bench?

Thanks,

Crusty Buck
NO I dont think so, at least not in my mind. When I think Alaska bears I think big like 375 and up. I think what you need is another gun or a muzzle brake.
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Old 03-25-2012, 09:01 PM
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Re: 300 Win. Mag. Is it the all-around cartrige?

I second that. Yes a 300 will kill a brownie but I agree. I would have a 375 or better. There is nothing that will slam a Brownie thats going to be less recoil than your 300.
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Old 03-25-2012, 09:45 PM
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Re: 300 Win. Mag. Is it the all-around cartrige?

Yeah, I thought that's what you guys would say. I have considered a muzzle break and probably should bite the bullet and get one installed. I don't like the extra noise though. As far as the bears are concerned, I've read about outfitters in Alaska who favored the 35 Wheelen for their fast action protection. I've never had an encounter with a bear, so I'm not qualified to say one way or the other. I know a couple of guys up there who think the 338 Win. is the ticket. I like the 300's potential and I like the idea of a muzzle break.

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Old 03-26-2012, 09:30 AM
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Re: 300 Win. Mag. Is it the all-around cartrige?

Try a 375 RUM with a brake, Have the barrel threeded to a brake and a cap so you can take the brake off.
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Old 03-26-2012, 06:33 PM
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Re: 300 Win. Mag. Is it the all-around cartrige?

Muzzle break will help. Realizing you don't have to shoot Brown Bear loads from the bench would also help. I'd agree with as much gun as you can handle for protection, if that's your 300, get yourself some 220 Nosler partitions loaded up. Load them when you feel the need. Bears are only dangerous up close, so the loads don't have to group, or even shoot to the same POI necessarily.
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Old 03-26-2012, 08:13 PM
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Re: 300 Win. Mag. Is it the all-around cartrige?

Get a suppressor, Thunderbeast Arms makes a great one that doubles as a muzzle break. Much less noise and recoil. It's worth the expense.
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