I've got 2 300wm rifles. One is a sendero with a 6-20 leupold on it.It shoots spooky good but is heavy as hell.
The other is a tikka t3.It is really light and wears a Nikon 5-20 with the BDC reticle.It shoots awesome with almost any ammo.I really like having the detachable magazine.
It really just depends on your style of hunting. If you are truck based ,it's pretty hard to beat the sendero. But if you plan on moving around the lighter rifle sure is nice.
Also if you load your own ammo you can make almost any modern rifle sing a sweet song.The deer really hate when that happens.
Not sure where you got 15lbs, but that is a heavy estimate for a Sendero. I shoot the 300 Win Mag and have a Vortex Viper PST 6x24 on it, and it comes in at about 11lbs, maybe a little under. I swapped out the stock which shaved a half pound, maybe a little more. The gun is heavy yes, but I lug that thing with me on all my alpine hunts. It is worth it to me, especially if you are in areas that you are going to be presented with longer shots. If you go with the a Tikka, no doubt they are great guns, but with the 300wm round, be prepared to get your *** beat by that recoil. If it were me, and really wanted a light weight rifle, and liked Tikka's, im going with a 270.
As far as production rifles go, I love the Sendero. Like I mentioned above I swapped the HS stock for the McMillan Game Scout. Shave a little weight and doesnt have that massive palm swell and wide forend like the HS has. I shoot 180 gr soft tips, but that may change when/if I start hand loading.
Hey BearDog, I'm a pinhead. I got the weight wrong. Thanks for bringing that to my attention. Say's it weights 8.5 lbs. YES!
Don't know where I got 15 lbs. unless I was looking at an overall shipping weight. In any event, I appreciate the correction. I will do more research on the Sendero.
Question: Does the recoil warrant considering putting on a break or not? I'm a relatively big guy / 250 lbs.
If your going to shoot off a bench a brake would cool.But when shooting at a deer or elk I never feel the gun go off.With 300 win mag it's just bang-flop.GRIN
Big game in general. Thanks for the bullet info.
I'm inquiring about:
Blued or Stainless Steel Barrel
Is a break necessary
Wooden or Synthetic stock
External Magazine pros/cons
3 +1 or 4 + 1 capacity
Barrel Twist Rate
OK, lets cut to the chase. The recoil from a 300 WM is brutal. It doesn't matter if you are 5'7" and medium build like me, or as you mentioned a bruiser, the unmitigated recoil from a 300 is going to hurt and will bruise your shoulder. Getting ready to go hunting means sending a lot of bullets over the berm (Army Marksmanship Lingo) which in turn will bruise and hurt your shoulder while getting your rifle either zero'd or in practice. Lessons learned, several years ago I bought a Winchester Model 70 in 300 WM. While I can shoot a .270, 308 or 30-06 for extended periods with little ill effect the kick of the 300 had my shoulder begging for mercy within 3 shots. I never got to shoot that rifle very well because while you said you won't feel the recoil when shooting at that Elk (300 WM way to big for deer) your shoulder will remember and as you start to squeeze the trigger that shoulder memory will kick in and disturb the shot. I recently bought a Browning AB3 Hunter in 300WM and before I fired the first shot, remembering the beating I took from the Winchester (which weighed more that the AB3) I elected to have a muzzle brake installed. I sent the rifle down to America's Gunsmith Shop in Kenosha and Louis fitted it with a muzzle brake that not only reduced recoil tremendously but did not have any holes at the bottom so the escaping gasses did not blow up a cloud of dust and debris making it possible to shoot prone. I am a very happy camper since the AB3 doesn't have any more recoil than my Remington 1100 or Browning A5 shotguns using 3 inch loads. Oh and by the way the AB3 can shoot groups measuring 0.675 all day simply because it's a pleasure to shoot. Don't think of it like, " I'm a big guy and can take it (your body thinks otherwise) but consider making it so your 5'2" 125 pound sweetie can shoot it too.Well, initially, I will zero her in on a bench. But most likely, will be shooting prone off
a bipod, seated or standing maybe with sticks.