300 PRC Too Much For Deer?

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by Kyle Backenstoes, Dec 14, 2019.


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  1. Kyle Backenstoes

    Kyle Backenstoes Member

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    I've been throwing around the idea of building another rifle for hunting game within 1000 yards. Average being 3-600 yards. Would like to be able to use the rifle for deer sized game, but also elk sized game if i ever make it out west. Would a 300PRC be to much gun for whitetail sized game? Or should i stick with a smaller caliber such as a 6.5PRC?
     
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  2. Bravo 4

    Bravo 4 Well-Known Member

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    Stick with the .300, especially if there is a possibility for LR elk.
     
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  3. jmcmath

    jmcmath Well-Known Member

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    No
     
  4. LVJ76

    LVJ76 Well-Known Member

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    No, I would take the 300 over the 6.5, nothing wrong with the 6.5, but I'd take the 300 just in case for Elk like Bravo 4 said
     
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  5. Wolf76

    Wolf76 Well-Known Member

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    The bullet options alone make the 30 Cal a better choice.
    Both will get it done, one is just better.
     
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  6. elkaholic

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    300 for sure!
     
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  7. BoomFlop

    BoomFlop Well-Known Member

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    Too much, no.

    However, why would you want to pick a cartridge that you may have the rest of your life for an elk hunt that you may or may not ever do? It will have far more recoil than I would want to shoot for a whitetail in PA.

    Your money, your choice though.

    Steve
     
  8. 26Reload

    26Reload Well-Known Member

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    Yep...gotta listen to a guy named himself 'BoomFlop'....
    Why have something that you are figuring will only do service once in your time of use.....
    Whitetail need nothing that big to put them down....
    For that matter...depending upon how you hunt and shot range 65 will do nicely to pack and take elk.....
     
  9. Bravo 4

    Bravo 4 Well-Known Member

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    Didn’t read it like once in a lifetime, if I ever make it out west is something I can throw around. Do I plan on it next year? Yep! Am I gonna be let down again like this year? 50/50 chance on that.
     
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  10. Muddyboots

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    I use my Sendero 300WM on deer especially when sitting monster fields and chance at larger bucks at distance. Still use same elk load of 200AB @2950 fps. Deer don't seem to mind being hit with bigger bullet that I can see. Never felt recoil at game so the recoil discussion never held water for me. Do I shoot it for grins? Nope, shoot my 51 year old rebarreled .270 that is fun to shoot or .243. Killed about 140+ class buck this year at 270 yards with the 300WM. Deer went 70 yards which is no different than 6.5, .270, 30-06, .308 etc. So my answer would be get the 300PRC knowing what it is and use it for whatever you want. Like I said, never felt recoil shooting game. I am pretty certain that is true for 99.99% of shooters here as well. This may open up avenues for "lighter" calibers for shooting grins which I can't find any fault in that logic.
     
  11. LVJ76

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    [QUOTE="Muddyboots, post: 1778955, member: 63925" Like I said, never felt recoil shooting game. I am pretty certain that is true for 99.99% of shooters here as well. This may open up avenues for "lighter" calibers for shooting grins which I can't find any fault in that logic.[/QUOTE]

    Muddyboots, I agree with you 1000%, I have never ever felt recoil when shooting at an animal. When the recticle is properly set on that animal and you are about to pull that trigger, recoil is the last thing in your mind.
     
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  12. sturner

    sturner Well-Known Member LRH Team Member

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    There is a Seekins 300 prc on-site for sale
     
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  13. SealTeam4

    SealTeam4 Well-Known Member

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    Hunting deer with a 300prc is like hunting moose with a bazooka. Does it’s job but it’s way over kill
     
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  14. dflyfish

    dflyfish Member LRH Team Member

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    I have thinking this one over also. I’m trying to decide between 65 and 300 prc. I already have a 270 for deer and a 300 ultra for elk, but am thinking about shooting long range for fun.

    Agree about never feeling the recoil on game.
     
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