HELP! Have rifle, need range and power!

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by KitaruSapien, Oct 10, 2004.

  1. KitaruSapien

    KitaruSapien New Member

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    Hello! I have a Remington 700 bolter with the heavy 28" barrel, full muzzle-brake and recoil-pad chambered for .300WM(I load straight from the chamber, never from the mag.) I am quite happy with the stock performance of the rifle, but wish very much to increase the range and power dramatically. I am an avid shooter/hunter, and take great pains to practice religiously with my rifle. My mindset is "one shot, one kill" thanks to 12 years in the Corps, and I will give up lots of meat to ensure the animal goes down fast with minimal suffering(I know that usually the best way to do this business is get up-close and personal, but most of the really nice elk I've come across lately have been too smart for me, and I've had to pass up some shots due to the ranges involved.) Please advise which rounds(wildcats or otherwise)ya'll recommend for long-range(+400yards)elk hunting that would be a good mod for my Remington 700 heavy-barrel rifle. I don't care if it means short barrel life so long as the cartridge is a heavy-hitter and a straight flier. All I've looked at is so far is the .30-378 Weatherby, the .30 Cody Express and others in that category.....THANKS! [​IMG]
     
  2. Fiftydriver

    Fiftydriver <strong>Official LRH Sponsor</strong>

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    KitaruSapien,

    Depending on how far you wnat to reach beyond 400 yards, the 300 RUM would be very difficult to beat for elk hunting using the great 200 gr Accubond bullet loaded to roughly 3200 fps. You may get a bit more with a pipe as long as yours.

    THe larger rounds will run a little faster but in a 28" barrel not by a dramatic margin over the 300 RUM. Plus brass is much cheaper and if you load to full tilt max, you will be replacing brass every 3 to 4 firings with all of the big 30's unless you contain them to under 65,000 psi.

    You will have a much higher margin of safety using the RUM over the big Wby or Cody.

    That said, I built myself a 338 Kahn which used the full length Wby case as a parent case in a M700 long action and it has been performing very well, recoil is a little heavy though, not bad but I will be building myself a brake this winter for the rifle.

    Good Shooting!!

    Kirby Allen(50)
     

  3. mikie

    mikie New Member

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    your300wm with 180 or 200g nosler accubonds will do you proud out to at least 600 yds. if you are comfortable and confident in shooting it you can and will knock em down. stick with one shot one kill. also check out longrange shooter.com for more info on long range shooting. great site and sean pomerinke really does know his stuff. good luck.
     
  4. rinodods

    rinodods Well-Known Member

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    With the right loads I don't see any reason you couldn't stretch that 300wm out to 900 maybe even 1000yrds. Granted you won't have much reserve out there but it is totally doable. All depends on what velocity and energy you are comfortable with.
     
  5. shortgrass

    shortgrass Well-Known Member

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    Ditch the factory barrel and have a custom fitted and chambered for .300WM. Have the action 'trued-up' and 'squared' as part of the re-barreling. A good, crisp trigger is a must, along with quality optics and mounts. With an accurate rig, LR is all about the 'clicks'. Not a thing in this world wrong with the .300 Winchester Magnum.
     
  6. backwoods83

    backwoods83 Well-Known Member

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    As mentioned already, if hit correctly I don't know of anything in the US that will walk away from a 300 WM at 400 yards and most game out to 800 is not an issue.
     
  7. ICANHITHIMMAN

    ICANHITHIMMAN Well-Known Member

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    How the hell did you even find this thread? When It posted I was about to leave Afghanistan for the first time.