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Old 05-11-2012, 02:25 PM
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Re: Bullet recommendations for 300WM

I agree with staying away from the SST. Buddy of mine shot a bull a couple years ago with one and it exploded in the front side lung and completely disintegrated. I could not even find the jacket and the far side lung was in perfect shape.

Only reason the bull dropped was from the 2nd shot that ricocheted upwards after hitting a rib bone, and then traveling up into the spine. I did find the jacket from that bullet, completely separated from the core. He got lucky that 2nd bullet ricocheted or we would have been in for a long track.

Shot a wild pig several years back with one and just completely exploded too.

You have plenty of great info from guys on what bullets to use. I am a big fan of Barnes X and Nosler Accubonds. Never used a Berger but might see how they shoot as Broz has some very credible advice on them.

Broz ... holy $#!! that's a big bull!
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Old 05-11-2012, 02:54 PM
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Re: Bullet recommendations for 300WM

At this point I'm settling in on Bergers. I have tested both 190gr and 210gr Hunting VLD bullets and getting very good velocity and accuracy. My initial test rounds were loaded with Reloder 22. At BROZ recommendation, I picked up some H1000 for the next round of testing. Leaning toward the 210gr bullets and will sort out the powder choice from there. The Reloder 22 clocked 3072fps for the 190gr and 2931fps for the 210gr. Respectable numbers in my opinion.
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Old 05-11-2012, 02:58 PM
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. The Reloder 22 clocked 3072fps for the 190gr and 2931fps for the 210gr. Respectable numbers in my opinion.
Very good velocity... maybe you mention it somewhere, but what length is your barrel?
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Old 05-11-2012, 06:11 PM
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Re: Bullet recommendations for 300WM

Factory Remington 700 BDL with a 26" tube. I've been very impressed with this rifle. It's my first Remington. Started with Winchester 70's many years ago and have been pretty loyal to Winchester with a few Rugers thrown in for a little variety. I'll be looking for more Remingtons in the future!

The first loads from this rifle were 180gr Hornady SST's that were clocking 3118fps with 75.6gr of Reloder 22. I got the same velocity from Speer 180gr Softpoints and grouped 1/2" at 100yds.
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Old 05-11-2012, 07:18 PM
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Re: Bullet recommendations for 300WM

This lil tidbit will make your day then,

My 24" barreled 300Wby only clocked 3068fps with 180gr factory box Hornady ammo! & I was barley able to match that with 180 Accubonds over IMR-4831, & split a case doing so!
Those short pipes sure handi cap a good cartrige don't they.
I'm still a Model-70 Loyalist, but I did sell that one chambered in 300Wby to fund my 26" barreled Model-70 build in 300WSM (Which will also beat my old 24" piped 300Wby in velocity)
Amazing the amount of performance gain you get in the 300's with 2 more inches of barrel. I mean think about it, your 300WM beats my old 300Wby by quite a respectable margin. You can grin about that everytime somebody starts in on the Wby vs. Win mag debate if they have a short pipe.
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Old 05-11-2012, 09:13 PM
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Re: Bullet recommendations for 300WM

Thank you for the "pick-me-up"! The owner of one of the local gun shop is a 300 Wearthby-man. When asking to input/advise, he repeatedly states "weatherby" when he talks 300's. I'll try to suppress my internal grin in the future. I've been very happy with this Remington. Here is the accuracy test at 100yds with the Speer 180gr SP's (over IMR4350 @ 3037fps). The top hole was my first shot...still getting accustom to 300WM. I concentrated, calmed down and placed the next three shots into the 1/2" triangle. The second picture is the targets for my Berger 190s (left) and 210gr (right). They hit considerably higher; need to make some scope adjustments. I changed my aim point with the 210s after the first shot. Drop the high hole down into the diamond and I'll call both bullets a solid 1" grouping without any real load development (I bought sample packs from Brownells...12 bullets of each type, which I used 6 for velocity tests and 6 for accuracy). The two stray shots in the left target are from my 358Win...my cool down rifle between 300WM shots.
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Old 06-04-2012, 10:29 PM
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180 Accubonds, or 200 Accubonds. Not far enough to think twice about having enough speed for expansion. Hits like a Mack truck. You can shoot at most any angle, & know your bullet will perform. You aren't limited to a broadside only shot. There is no need for anything heavier or higher BC for the range stated, & then some. & IMO in a whole different league than bullets like the SST.

If your launching bullets out past 850-1k at Elk, then I could see a reason to load a big Berger.
Good info, thank you. I have done some testing with Berger 190 & 210 Hunting VLDs. Shot some Nosler 200 Accubonds this weekend and just received a box of 180 Accubonds for the next range trip. Also trying H1000 powder. My initial work with the Bergers used Reloder 22 and IMR4350. Really like the accuracy and speed from RL22. I've heard some feedback on adverse temperature effects on RL22.
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