300 wsm or 6.5 prc

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  1. highdrum

    highdrum Well-Known Member

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    I was under this same decision lately, building a light weight Tikka for mountain hunting. I went with a long action donor, a Mesa altitude stock, hells canyon 23" summit carbon barrel. I pondered caliber for a month. Will us this rifle to hunt steep/dense country from a backpack 90% the time. I wanted knockdown power. I was torn between 7 Saum or 300wsm. After much debate I went 300. Build is still in progress, but it'll be throated with 230fb to shoot 215 Bergers and the heavy eldm line. Should manage 2850+ fps with rl26. That's a lot of juice for a handy 6# rifle. It'll kick like hell in sure, but looking forward to getting it on the range.
     
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  2. CO_Guy

    CO_Guy Well-Known Member

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    My Tikka T3 Lite T3 in 338WM is about 6.4lb stock, as all T3s are and even light as a feather, it shoots super smoothly. I have zero flinch with that rifle.
     
  3. Web1350

    Web1350 Well-Known Member

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    Maybe you're the one that can't handle recoil, advocating a 6.5 for any animal on the planet. Sure, small calibers have killed big animals but as we all know, its bullet placement. Anyone doing so is either a fool or has a death wish plus these animals need to be killed humanely.
     
  4. dm406

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    Yes Sir they work quite well
     
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  5. coop2564

    coop2564 Well-Known Member

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    Both would work but the 300wsm would work better in this case.
     
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  6. nvschütze

    nvschütze Well-Known Member

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    Go with the 300WSM; you already have a proven barrel. New barrels are in excess of $300, after which you have to have them installed. That's another three bills. Then there's the time factor. Months and months to have the 6.5mm made. Get the 300WSM rocking, then take your time to build-out a really snazzy 6.5mm just the way you want it...
     
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  7. nvschütze

    nvschütze Well-Known Member

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    I went back to the start of this thread to see how old it is. I saw Another Casual's avatar (Post #7). He's obviously seen Hitchcock's "Psycho" too many times. Mr. Casual has a fine sense of humor...
     
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  8. B-LOT Banga

    B-LOT Banga Well-Known Member LRH Team Member

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    I have both the 300 wsm and 6.5 PRC... I’ve witnessed my 300 wsm 200 grain eldx kill faster with more damage than any animal I ever shot with my 6.5 PRC with 140 grain Berger VLD’s. Even if the shot wasn’t ideal the animal still died almost instantly as with my 6.5 PRC I had to chase a couple animals good distances. I will admit it was mostly due to shooter error but nevertheless the 30 caliber will always be more violent and pack a bigger punch worth the cost of recoil. Good luck with your decision!!
     
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  9. just country

    just country Well-Known Member

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    morning, more 6.5 mania. the WSM is way better
    cartridge. justme gbot tum
     
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  10. PBR driver

    PBR driver Well-Known Member

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    Yes Elk are tough animals but if it was me I would carry the rifle I shot the best, here in Western Wyoming a lot of both Elk and Moose are killed cleanly with the .243 Winchester and the lowly .30-30, there is no real need to shoot long range unless you feel you need to.
    The .25-06, 30-06, 7-08, 7x57, 6.5x55,.280,.270 .308 and so on, then if one feels under gunned the .264 @ 7mag will work wonders.
    Be careful not to over gun yourself.
    If you hunt whitetails back home, that rifle will work here on Elk as long as you keep your range conservative and your shot placement is spot on.
    In the words of Eugene Stoner, "Killing power has to do with three things, these three things are , #1-shot placement, #2- shot placement, and #3- is shot placement, and I will had bullet performance.
    A solid hit in the vitals from a .243 is much better than a marginal hit from a .300 WSM or other magnum cartridge.
     
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  11. Coyote_Hunter

    Coyote_Hunter Active Member

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    There is no doubt a 6.5PRC can take elk cleanly - I've been doing it since 1982 with a 7mm.

    That said, I prefer my .300WM to my 7mm RM for elk. I use heavily constructed bullets in both (North Fork SS and Barnes TTSX and LRX) and both have provided reliable exits on broadsides and both bullet types have gone the length of mule deer. I just like to heavier bullets I use in the .300 for elk. Probably a mental thing because the 7mm kills them just as quickly.
     
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