Rifle Chioces?

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by skip AI, Sep 18, 2005.

  1. skip AI

    skip AI Well-Known Member

    Mar 13, 2005
    I still have not purchased a rifle in .300WSM yet because I just cant make up my mind on what to get, Its abit of a toss up between the Ruger All-Weather and the Browning A-Bolt Hunter, the Ruger as usual will need a trigger job, but it is a very reliable feeding and ejecting rifle, the Browning on the other hand has a low bolt lift which is very cool and a detachable mag that is attached to the floorplate (correct me if Ive used the wrong terms).
    I have held both rifles and both come up nice and I like the actions.
    What do you think I should get?
    The big deal is that Im after a bit of out of the box accuracy, something that will group well to 350m.


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  2. Charles A

    Charles A Well-Known Member

    Nov 7, 2001
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    The big deal is that Im after a bit of out of the box accuracy, something that will group well to 350m.

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    I think you've already made your choice then. Rugers arent really known for there accuracy.

  3. Centre Punch

    Centre Punch Well-Known Member

    Oct 29, 2004
    Hi Skip,
    For out of the box accuracy can i suggest a Tikka T3 which is available in 300 WSM.
    Out of the two you have suggested though, i would go for the A-bolt.


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  4. Guest

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    Gotta ask yourself if ... down the line youare gonna want to do more with this rifle...

    I don't know a gunsmith that will or like to work on a browning action.. and Rugers aren't real popular either.

    Winnny or Rem.. would be my chice with an instant ( right after purchase) accuraization to start with.
  5. Hired Gun

    Hired Gun Well-Known Member

    Apr 21, 2003
    Re: Rifle Choices?

    What's wrong with the Ruger trigger? They are very easy to tune up to a nice crisp 2 pounds. That is if you have 30 minutes, a wet stone, flat screwdriver, dental tool to push the pins out with and a small scale to measure pull weight with.
  6. TOM H

    TOM H Well-Known Member

    Dec 24, 2001
    I've got an a-bolt ss and it's pretty nice. As to the rugers I had acouple that have been rebarreled etc and never found a gunsmith yet that wouldn't work on one. I was at the range Fri and was shooting next to a guy with a Browning a-bolt ss stalker in 300mag and we were at the 200yr line he put 3 shot in less than an inch tried another load had just alittle over 1" for 3 shot. I had a tikka t-3 in 300wsm and it shot the same as the browning as to groups. I think if you when over to www.shortmag.org you get better input as to the ruger rifles in 300wsm. I haven't seen one yet at our club so really cann't comment. Well good luck.
  7. skip AI

    skip AI Well-Known Member

    Mar 13, 2005
    The Tikkas I agree are a very nice outfit smooth bolt, nice trigger very accurate, I have used 2, both in 30-06 and shot very well straight out of the box.
    I thought I would get a Browning for something different and after handling the A-Bolt Hunter (not s/s) the decision was basically made but then I was showed the ruger and for the price they were a good thing, but I go by "you get what you pay for", so the Browning had nearly won.
    I thought I would chuck the options onto this forum to get some personnal experience that some of you have obviously had, and for your reply's I thank you.
    I will get the Browning, I will post some pics when I start load development, I shoud have the rifle before the weekend so im excited.
    The rifle will be topped with Leupold rings and bases and a Leupold VX-1 2-7X33 (to start off with).

    Thanks again

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