30 Cal Mag for Hunting

rootacres

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So RULES FIRST, this isn't a caliber debate, I know there are other options, I own some of them.

I just want to hear what everyone likes for a 30 cal magnum hunting rifle and why. . . 300 WM, PRC, WBY, RUM, NOS etc. .

I reload, so we are splitting hairs on costs. Im just curious on performance, velocity, bullets weights, COALs etc.

AND GO. . . .
 

wv270wsm

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I personally like the 300 win the best out of them simple yet just plain out works well . I own 2 model 70 300 win , 2 German made 300 weatherby, and a California made 30-378 . They all shoot well and kill extremely well but I like the win mag best . Although I haven’t tried any bullets heavier than 220 grains yet either . That maybe a game changer . I’ve got some 230 gr to try just haven’t made time to yet.
 

memtb

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All magnum 30’s are great choices, great selection of bullets, minimal recoil, high velocities equating to flat trajectories and reduced wind drift, plus some other things I haven’t thought of! If you like hunting big game with smallish calibers, it’s hard to beat any of the 30 magnums! 😉 memtb
 

Shane Lindsey

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I have had several 300 WM and a RUM I just rebarreled.

To be honest, with some of the powders out now (N570) it is hard to beat the 300 WM. I am just not seeing the benefits in my RUM. Still relatively new to it, so hopefully it will happen for me.

75.5 gr H1000 and a 215 Berger, loaded to about 3.6” and get after it...
 

Laguna Freak

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I like the WSM for all of the well-documented attributes of Rick Jamison’s legendary cartridge. Not least of which is 3 to 5+ lbs lower recoil force vs 300 WinMag.

I bought a Browning Medallion 26” barrel 6 years ago because they’re beautiful and have a great reputation for accuracy.

Then my life took some twists and turns so that rifle never got fired. Its for sale on Gunbroker now because during last year’s initial wu-flu freakout I found a deal I could not pass on an introductory year 300 WSM Model 70 Featherweight that looked like it had maybe fired a box of ammo and has the smoothest and least play bolt action I’ve ever experienced next to my Steyr. When I got it home I discovered it had been professionally pillared and action fully bedded. It shoots 180 Scirocco II’s to 0.4 moa with what is arguably the finest factory trigger ever produced. In short, I am very happy with 300 WSM. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants a 30 cal magnum.
 

COBrad

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I had a .300 Jarrett when they came out close to 30 years ago. 200 grain bullets at 3028 FPS. It was an elk killing machine.
I think now the .300 rum probably does that. I currently have a .300 WSM being built. Intended bullet is 215 grain Hybrids. Intended target is cross canyon elk, 800 to over 1K yards where I hunt.
 
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For me the 300 Win mag is enough gun to accomplish whatever I need to. I considered the 300 Weatherby and the 300 RUM a while ago but the cost of the ammunition turned me off on them. Recoil is also higher in those more powerful cartridges but that might not be a big problem if you are using a muzzle brake. The big issue for me is the cost of ammunition. If you hand load your cartridges then maybe it's not so much of a concern but at the moment I don't do that. I am buying a handloading starter kit in the near future so maybe I will revisit this issue then but I think it is unlikely I will change my mind.
 
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