300. wsm capabilities on game like moose and elk?

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  1. matt_3479

    matt_3479 Well-Known Member

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    With the proper bullets, set up, scope and rifle capable of placing a shot where the shooter wants it. What is the max distance the 300. wsm should be use on game like Moose and Elk? how about game like Whitetail and Mule?
     
  2. Rev.

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    For Moose and Elk 400 to 500yds! Mule & WT 800ydsgun)
     

  3. matt_3479

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    thats exactly my guess too. My guess was 800 on deer and smaller, and 500 max on elk and moose
     
  4. Dr. Vette

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    I'd say up to 700 on elk and 1000 on deer with the right handloads. If the alleged threshold for an elk is 1500 ft-lbs, even using Federal's calculator you can go 600+ yards with factory ammo and be over the 1500 mark.

    Remember that some of the "long range" guys who have been on TV use a 7mm Rem Mag to go to up to 1000 yards. I've seen a 243 at 700+ drop a cow elk.
     
  5. matt_3479

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    i figured it could be done at ranges you mention. I just assumed most people would say 500-600 yards on big game before you max out.
     
  6. Dr. Vette

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    I know of one shooter here who has elk around 1000 yards with his 300 Win Mag. You're not far off from that in power so no reason you have to "assume" anything.

    Practice and ability may mean more than your rifle at those ranges. I know it would for me.
     
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    It's really up to you load, rifle and personal capability! But if you got everything tuned and you have a good range and dope 800yrds plus should be very doable for elk with a LR hunting bullet. All I need is the bullet going fast enough to open and have enough omph to reach the far side of them. I won't really shoot deer any farther than elk cause the target is thinner and smaller.
     
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    I would agree. If the 300rum is considered acceptable on elk and 1k than there is no reason that a 300wsm shouldnt be able to do the job at 700-800, also depends largely on elevation and conditions, thin air really stretches the reach out on any rifle.
     
  9. matt_3479

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    Cause i bought a 300. wsm a few years back mainly for Moose, Black bear and caribou from ranges 50-300 yards. I bought the cheapest of the cheap ammo and it shot .75 moa at 100 yards and 2.25-2.5" at 300 yards. I ended up firing some more expensive bullets and the exact same results. I realized this could be my light weight carry around long range hunting rig with the results im getting. I just purchased a Vortex Viper PST 4-16x50mm FFP to sit on top of it and going to load the 180 grain accubonds. As long as she shoots good in my rifle i was planning on practicing from ranges 100-800 yards for targets and hopefully put it through the test this year. I am completely comfortable out too 300 and 400 yards. So i will be concentrating on ranges 400-600 yards for some serious practice and get a drop chart made. I was just seeing if people agreed.

    With a lot of practice!!! a good load!! Good accuracy!! confident and skilled shooter!! the 300. wsm would be able to successfully harvest my whitetail and elk as long as its in 600 yards and i know i can make the shot. Of course my plan is to have it within 300 yards but you can never argue with mother nature. If the trophy of a life time sits outside of 300 yards i wanna be ready!!