300rum

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by dogknott, May 11, 2014.

  1. dogknott

    dogknott Member

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    Thinking about getting into a better long range rig, or at least someting longer than my current 400yrds.
    The 300RUM caught my eye when looking at ballistics in the Hornady hand book.
    Whats the good-bad-ugly with this cartridge? I was thinking about getting in the 700 Sendero..
     
  2. cohunter14

    cohunter14 Well-Known Member

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    Ballistic-wise, everything about it is great as long as you are loading heavier bullets. I would say the only potential downfall is recoil, but that is a subjective thing. Some people will say it has way too much recoil and will either add a break or get rid of it and others have no problem shooting it with no brake. All in all, I think it is a great choice.
     

  3. dogknott

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    How are they for loading down on bullet weight? something light for smaller game.
     
  4. cohunter14

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    What smaller game are you talking about? You can still shoot 200+ grain pills at any big game without any problems. You could even shoot them at prairie dogs if you want to, it is just a little expensive to do so when you factor in the cost to load and the barrel life.
     
  5. dogknott

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    Smaller like coyote and hogs....but i may get the urge to go try a muley, pronghorn..or something else. Is the 300RUM hard on barrels?
     
  6. mountainman56

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    Maybe something with a little less horsepower that doesn't take nearly 100 grains of powder? 6.5-284, 6.5-06, 264 Win mag, 7mm Rem mag?
     
  7. dogknott

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    7mm was what i had been thinking about then looked at the 300RUM.....

    I'm just kinda stuck, in IA we can only hunt antlerless deer for a week or so in January and coyotes with a hi-power....so all i really need is a .243, but was thinking bigger badded faster meaner.....
     
  8. mountainman56

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    I understand wanting a bad ass rifle but trust me, once you start feeding them it takes some of the fun out. Don't seem to matter though, I have a 700 Sendero 300 ultra I likely don't need too. When it's all said and done it ain't what you need that counts, but what you want:).

    If you like burnin lots of powder and shootin far far away it will do both very well. It will kill them antlerless deer real good too.:rolleyes:
     
  9. hybridfiat

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    Ive recently bought a 300 RUM reamer for a friends build on his old Weatherby MkV.
    I did point out the obvious short life span of the barrel. 500 rounds. But he pointed out that he will only be shooting 20-30 round a year through it on average.
    So as long as you can cope with the recoil and muzzle blast, go for it.
    For average ranges you can still load it down to .308 velocities and spare the throat, it just wont be very efficient on powder.
    For my money, Id get a lower recoiling LRR like the 6.5-284 or 7mmRM.
    Happy shooting with what ever you decide to get gun)
     
  10. dogknott

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    Mountianman, I see your from TX.....Is a 243 a good choice for hogs? what range would they be good to on a hog? I'm not counting out a 7mm yet..
     
  11. cohunter14

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    The RUM is definitely overkill for what you are wanting, but that doesn't make it wrong :D Go with what you want, anything from a .243 up will handle what you want. As far as barrel life, I think you'll get well over 500 rounds if you aren't shooting with the barrel hot. I think 1,000-1,500 is more likely the case.
     
  12. mountainman56

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    Hogs are tough, a 243 will certainly punch their ticket out to several hundred yards if you have good penetrating bullets, but I like shootin them with something larger. I've shot hogs that had several old bullet wounds in them. They can take a lot of punishment.

    They die real good with my 7mag and 168 bergers. I plan on setting up a feeder at a friends place so I can try some far away shots on hogs with my 300 ultra and some 210's.
     
  13. dogknott

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    Thanks for the input, may start looking for a Sendero in 7mm...
     
  14. mountainman56

    mountainman56 Well-Known Member

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    7 mag (as well as 300 Win mag) is hard to beat. Can be used for anything in North America and you can buy ammo at Wally World if you have to.

    Here is a picture of a group I shot with my Remington 700 with a sporter weight barrel. I had to work very hard to find a load that shot better than this. The picture is a 200 yard group I shot with a friends Federal Deer Thugs 160 grain ammo bought at Wal Mart.

    Don't tell anybody :)
     

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