Gentlemen im going to have one of my remington 700 actions currently chanbere in .300 win mag rebarreled into a big 30. Trying to decide between the 300 PRC and the 30 Nosler. Im leaning toward the PRC, please give me you opinions on this matter particularly from any of you gentlemen that have had experience with one or both of the cartridges. Thanks
Below is the excerpt from a published comparsion of 300PRC versus other 300 magnum cartridges. Sorry, didn't capture the writer info when I saved for reference....apologies to original writer whom ever you might be.
30 Nosler vs. Hornady .300 PRC
Just a year or so ago I wrote that the 30 Nosler was arguably the single best-designed .30-caliber magnum in existence. Today, I have to give that nod to the .300 PRC.
As a matter of mirror-image fact, the two cases are extremely similar. The PRC’s solitary advantage is its longer head height and throat, which play nicer with extremely long, high-BC bullets. But if you have little interest in shooting past 600 yards, there’s little difference in performance between the two. In fact, because it’s got a shorter throat that engages light-ish, short-shanked projectiles faster, the 30 Nosler actually may provide more consistent accuracy with popular deer-weight bullets.
However, I’m constrained to confess the fact that I have absolutely no use for bullets lighter than 180 grains in any 30-caliber magnum. I’d rather have the better long-range capability provided by 200-plus-grain projectiles, so at least for me that’s a moot point.
300PRC (left) versus 300 Nosler (clearly shows head height advantage of PRC....similar advantage over the old warrior 300WinMag.)
Note that the 300WM has similar short head dimension.....0.72"..... (top of case to SAMMI COAL) disadvantage as the 300Nosler compared to the 300PRC....1.12". Longer head dimension plays better with long, heavy-for-caliber bullets. The 300WM suffers from the headspacing issues of the belted design; and, the throat looseness WM @ 0.315 vs 300PRC @ 0.3088.....difference in consistency of presentation to the rifling.
I think ammo availability in the hinter lands will be advantage PRC over Nosler very quickly. But, then no one on LRH ever shoots more than planned, loses, forgets, has airline/Customs issues/limits, or needs different grain bullet for unexpected opportunity.