I have a 28" Pac-Nor barreled Savage chambered for 300Dakota , the gun shoots great and reloading for it is no differant than any other big 30 cal. The longest distance I've shot with it was ranged at between 615-630yds and was on a wild hog that went just over 300lbs. I shoot 220gr Sierra MatchKings over 75grs of H-4831sc which gives a muzzel velocity average of 2918fps with around 1/2moa out to 500yds which is the farthest I've shot any groups. Personaly I would not recomend this round as the brass is expinsive and realy not that great , the performance can be achived with a 300Win mag or 30-338 win with alot less head ache. My barrel will be sent off to be rechambered to 30-378Wby , I would have like to had it rechambered to 300Wby or 300RUM but the *Rule 4 Violation* Dakota case is so fat it won't allow this. Pluses for the Dakota , short fat powder capacity , no belted case. down sides of the Dakota , Expinsive brass ,hard to find factory ammo. Their is no benifit I have found over the other 300 mags out their. The 300Wby will out run it , has readly available factory ammo and good brass. The 300win mag will shoot right with it as far as velocity and ,maybe out run it with good brass , ALOT of factory ammo and great brass from Lapua. As far as I know their haven't been any long range matches won with the 300Dakota as have with the 300Win mag and 300Wby mag. Hind site being 20/20 I'll never have anything else to do with a dakota round as their are to many other better options out their.