300 win mag recoil

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  1. big mike 2121

    big mike 2121 Well-Known Member

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    How bad is it? ive seen chuck hawks chart, Is it more than an 7 mag? rifle weight approx 11 lbs. thanks
     
  2. Broz

    Broz Well-Known Member

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    Depends on what weight bullet you want to shoot. I have an 11 lb 300 win I shoot 215 gr. Bergers from with a full house load. With out the brake it is ok for a few rounds. With the brake it is very easy to shoot as much as you like. My wife shoots it with no issues. I recommend a brake.

    Jeff
     

  3. big mike 2121

    big mike 2121 Well-Known Member

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    thanks will definately be putting a brake on it after further research!!
     
  4. AZShooter

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    An 11 pound 300 win mag wouldn't be much different than a 8 lb 7 rem mag. You can compare recoil here:

    Recoil Calculator

    23-24 ft/lb of recoil was what I got with the heaviest bullets for the 300 win mag. That kind of recoil wouldn't phase many of the shooters here. Depends on your recoil tolerance.

    I understand that using a brake is more than just reducing recoil, it may allow you to see your hits and recover faster for a second shot.

    Crunch some numbers of rifles you are familiar with to see where you stand. Personally I an not fond of much more than 40 ft/lb.
     
  5. RockyMtnMT

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    40lbs wow.

    Steve
     
  6. mt Al

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    As with everything: depends.

    I had a 300 WM in a mid/light weight rifle. I like to be accurate (duh!) and I backcountry hunt miles off the road.
    Accuracy in real world situations, not off a bench, requires lots of practice. To practice a lot you have to not hate shooting your rifle. I HATED shooting that rifle after 4 or 5 rounds, too light. Maybe I'm a recoil pussy....
    I added some weight to the butt stock which helped a lot with shooting but not with carrying the rifle way off the road up and down mountains.

    I got sick of it after one year and dumped the 300WM for 7mm-08. I know the 7mm-08 is so weak will bounce off of elk hide but it shoots like a dream and is very easy to carry in the mountains.

    Depends! If your in and out of a truck and can use a heavy rifle I'd go with a 300 WM. Not for me and what I like to do.
     
  7. 406precision

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    As has been stated a well braked 300 win mag is a joy to shoot and the recoil is negligible.. un-breaked in a light rifle not so much!!! Same with the 7 mm rem mag . Two of my favorite calibers for several reasons.
     
  8. FEENIX

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    :cool::Dgun)
     
  9. Mike 338

    Mike 338 Well-Known Member

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    With a decent butt pad, I can shoot an unbraked one 12 to 20 times before my shoulder is sore. Never shot a braked one.
     
  10. Alan Griffith

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    I'd rather shoot my 9.3x62 with 250 Accubonds running 2600 from my 8lb Pre 64 M70 than my 30-06AI pushing a 180 @ 3000 from my 7.5 lb Rem 700; unless the AI were braked.

    Alan
     
  11. AZShooter

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    Alan,

    It sounds like stock design is a factor in your felt recoil. I remember my friend's 375 H and H was absolutely horrible with the way it recoiled yet I have fired other 375s that were fine.

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    Speaking of recoil...I remember the time a guy brought a 470 nitro side by side to the range. I watched him stand to shoot at the 50 yd target. The rifle went off and as he was rolling with the recoil it went off again! Turns out he had double triggers and pulled the front one first. The recoil caused his grip to move enough that his finger hit the second trigger! He was rubbing his shoulder afterwards and said he would never to THAT again. If he was shooting one of the heavier loads with a 500 gr bullet at 2100 fps with 100 gr of powder and a 12 lb rifle he would have experienced 63 ft/lb of recoil TWICE.

    That makes my unbraked 9 lb 300 RUM shooting the 230 gr berger at 2975 fps with 100 gr of powder a pussycat at 41 ft/lb.
     
  12. Alan Griffith

    Alan Griffith Well-Known Member

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    That's a definite possibility.

    Alan
     
  13. RockyMtnMT

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    I never thought so, but I now think that I am officially a sissy. I had to brake my 30-338 Lap Imp because it would scope me more often than not when hunting long range. I like to shoot very relaxed so as not to influence the rifle. Shot a 300 wm yesterday. Don't like it. I now carry hearing protection around my neck while hunting. That was the reason for waiting for years to put on a brake. Problem solved.

    Steve
     
  14. 500mag_guy

    500mag_guy Well-Known Member

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    I have been throwing the idea around about braking my 375 rum for a while but it just doesn't bother me anymore to shoot it 3 - 5 times.