300 Win Mag Choices

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by Savagekid, Jun 27, 2013.

  1. Savagekid

    Savagekid Member

    May 23, 2012
    My uncle, who was huge into elk hunting in Montana, recently just passed away. My aunt told me that I could have my choice of guns from his collection. I'm for sure going to take an older Model 70 in 264 Win Mag (nervous about this since I've heard these can be a finicky round).

    My dilemma is which 300 Win Mag, out of three, I should take. He had a Winchester Model 70, Ruger M77 MK II and a Browning A-bolt. All three are stainless with the exact same Leupold on top. All three have the factory sporter barrel with synthetic stocks. I know I should test out all three, but I don't have the time to get out to Montana just for a test fire. He mostly used the Browning so I'm assuming that was the most accurate rifle. But I know all three models are reliable and of good quality, so I'm unsure.

    I won't be modifying this rifle since I want to have it as an easy to carry weapon and already have a long range rifle. Looking for some input as to what I should do. And don't say take all three! I don't want or need three of virtually the same rifle.

    Thoughts? Comments? Questions?
  2. Hntelk

    Hntelk Well-Known Member

    Dec 12, 2011
    thats easy...winchester model 70 hands down!!
  3. roninflag

    roninflag Well-Known Member

    Feb 27, 2006
    Savage- my brother has a .264 and reloads for it. it is a fine round enjoy. of the others three i would take the winchester.
  4. jsthntn247

    jsthntn247 Well-Known Member

    Jan 14, 2009
    Winchester all day long
  5. Lefty7mmstw

    Lefty7mmstw Well-Known Member

    May 13, 2012
    If it's a new haven win she'll likely shoot like crap until you ditch the stock. They were tupperware. I'd go with the a-bolt ss as I have one ( in left hand) and she'll do 1/2 moa all day without modds or aftermarket anything.
  6. matt_3479

    matt_3479 Well-Known Member

    Jan 31, 2010
    If you aren't going change it at all I'd probably go the Browning as I also have one that is a fantastic shooter! You can't go wrong with the Winchester either though
  7. MudRunner2005

    MudRunner2005 Well-Known Member

    Oct 13, 2008
    Go with the Browning. There is obviously more than just 1 reason why he used it the most. Probably accuracy, reliability, and smoothness. Also, the factoy detachable mag that fits in the foorplate is nice.

    I have had 2 A-Bolt II's. Still have 1 of them. First one got stolen, replaced with the second. Both were shooters and just all-around excellent guns. Quality, fit, finish, and accuracy were top-notch.

    Any smith can put a new barrel on the Browning with no issues. There are enough aftermarket options out there to fix it up a good bit.