Originally Posted by Greg Duerr
I cant argue with anything you have said, and yes your right I have no education on this subject. I dont want to look back and wish I had bought a 300. I have a .243 with a McMillian Remington Sporter stock on a 700 action with a #4 24in barrel that I enjoy shooting. I have no idea of how much it weighs, it might be nice to know howerver.
In your opinion does the 300 need a MB? Would a 26 Inch Barrel be enough? What barrel contour would be your choice ? Do you hike a lot with your 300? and how is the noise level shooting your 300 without ear protection out hunting? I would guess that you shoot only one bullet in your 300 all the time for Elk, Deer, or Antelope what bullet is that? Do you like the thumb hole stock over the standard one ?
Looking back on the 300 I use to kill my bull ..................it was really pleasant to hunt with. I believe it was a Rem 700 Laminated stock stainless action and barrel, would guess that it had a 24in barrel and had a factory MB..............
Im going to pick up and handle some 300's and just learn somthing.........
Its like buying the 12x50 Swarovski's ...............I dont have to wonder what Im missing out on .
My post wasn't directed at you particularly, just a general soap box statement for the audience. It's just commo0n sense really.
If my friend goes hunting elk with his 243 or if Rhian (bingreen) who I also consider a firend, picks what ever rifle, I say nothing to them. They are both experienced big boys who can make their own decisions. Bigger isn't the only way to go, it's just better from a pragmatic view. Like I said, I choose to improve the odds if I can.
As for recoil, there are a number of ways to deal with it including but not limited to installing a brake. I used a slip on recoil pad for my 300 RUM for a couple of years and eventually I learned to shoot without it. There's a lot of technique involved. I got a brake installed on my recent 300 RUM build.
Weight... My rifles weigh about 12 lbs with NF scopes and bi-pods. You could maybe shave that down to 8 with an ultra light and lesser scope and bi-pod. 4lb diff. Think about it. Is 2-4 lb going to handicap you? How much does your day pack and glass weigh? Do you have a few lbs around the waist you could loose? I do
If a couple of extra lbs of rifle in the field is going to be a deal breaker, should you even be there at all? My fitness is a lot bigger issue than my rifle weight.
I used to hunt everything with a 7 RM and never felt undergunned, including elk, and I still wouldn't at short to mid ranges. Still, I feel better with the big 30.
My 300 RUM will weigh about 3 lbs more than your 243 all decked out and the recoil is not an issue, with or without the brake.
If I only had one rifle for everything, yotes, deer, antelope, elk, bear, whatever, it would probably be something like a 300 Dakota. Better to overgunned for the smaller critters than undergunned for the bigger ones. And.... I'm not necessarily saying you're under gunned with a 243. A bigger bullet will increase the odds of you putting that bull down where you want it. My second rifle would probably be something in the 6 - 6.5 range. Start big and work down.
I also like the Sendero style rifle for long range and it helps absorb some recoil.