Which rifle for this situation

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by bullelk14, May 13, 2012.

  1. bullelk14

    bullelk14 Member

    Feb 10, 2012
    Got a question for the experts. I am going to do a competition ( some may have heard of it ) where physical endurance and accuracy are both tested. Targets will be from 500-1200 yards. Due to the need to run 7 miles with my rifle, the Winchester Laredo LRH 300WM that I have set up for long range is out of the question due to weight. I have the following three choices in my safe: Remington VTR in .308 with factory plastic stock and 22 in barrel, Winchester Extreme Sporter in .270 WSM with 24 in barrel and factory full aluminum block stock, and Browning Abolt stainless stalker BOSS in 300WM with factory plastic stock and effective 24 in barrel. Given these choices, which would you start with to work up a load for 1000 yards? I really like the 270 WSM caliber and am inclined to start there with the 150 grain bergers, but would love to hear some opinions, pros and cons. Scope will be a Vortex Viper 6-24x50 MD.
  2. Good

    Good Well-Known Member

    Jul 15, 2009
    I'm no expert, but am a fan of horsepower. I don't know much about the ballistics of the 270, but I'm pretty sure the 300WM whoops it when shooting the heavy 230g Bergers. If you are already stressed out from running and what not, you need all the help you can get in down range wind bucking ability. Of course, I'd pick the one that was most accurate at the distances specified, but I'd start with the 300WM and if it didn't shoot I'd move to the 270. If neither one shot, I'd borrow a gun from someone in either the 7mm caliber or the 338 caliber and just outright skip on the 308. All my opinion.

  3. Greyfox

    Greyfox Well-Known Member

    Jan 21, 2008
    Of your rifles, I would go for the 270WSM, but would consider the 165 grain Matrix as well if it shoots well in your rifle.
  4. T3-OleMan

    T3-OleMan Well-Known Member

    Jan 3, 2009
    Like Good said ....plus you don't have to kill an ELK when it gets there....just smack a target. If 2 shoot equal I'd carry the lightest one.
    Good luck.