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Old November 27, 2014, 09:08 AM   #1
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Your opinion on the best 300 win mag

Hi I've been looking at a lot of guns mostly on the Internet but some in person I'm already set on a 300 win mag. But my question for you gun guys is what is the best overall make & models for the money? My budget is about $1300 give or take
Mostly shooting between 150-300 yards but if needed I could go out to 450 yards? Thanks for your time! Happy Thanksgiving!
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Old November 27, 2014, 09:17 AM   #2
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Old November 27, 2014, 09:26 AM   #3
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What is your plan for it?

If you're only going 450yrd a .308 or 5.56 can do that fine and be a lot cheaper to feed. 300WM ammo is taking a lot of components so will always be more $$.

I like the older Remington Sendero but it's a bit heavy if you want to hunt with one. Lots of options but knowing if it's going to be hunted or kept on a bench will hone peoples advice.
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Old November 27, 2014, 09:32 AM   #4
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I've been very happy with my Ruger Hawkeye. All of the major rifle manufacturers make rifles that will shoot a .308 caliber bullet accurately out to 450 yards. All of them also make occasional lemons. You should handle a few rifles and see which feel right to you. Then you should compare the features and see if there are any important differences. Here is what I like about my Ruger:

1. More accurate than I am. My newest handload will shoot four consecutive shots touching at 100 yards. Can't wait to shoot at longer range with it. Factory ammo easily shot about 1moa. Plenty accurate enough for hunting.

2. 3-position safety. Allows me to load an unload the rifle while on safe. Also locks the bolt on the second safe position.

3. Controlled round feed.

4. Rugged build.

You have to decide what is most important to you.
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Old November 27, 2014, 11:54 AM   #5
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A 308 will take anything in North America at those ranges except the largest bear, a 30-06 will do it with power to spare. A 300 magnum starts to have an advantage at around 500-600 yards.

If someone is considering a 300mag purchase I strongly recommend the 300 WSM instead of the 300 win mag. It won't quite match the speeds, expect about 50 fps less velocity with 180 gr bullets. No animal will ever notice it. But the case needs about 12-15 gr less powder to achieve 98% of the standard 300's speed which translates into noticeably less recoil. You'll have a hard time telling 30-06 recoil from 300 WSM. They are proving to be more accurate too.

If I owned a 300 win mag and liked it, I wouldn't sell it. But to a new buyer considering between the 2 I wouldn't touch the 300 WM.

I like CRF. For me it would be a Winchester or Kimber in 300 WSM. I really like Ruger too, but they don't chamber 300 WSM. If it has to be 300wm I'd probably go Ruger since they come with 24" barrels, Winchesters version is 26" and just too much.

Tikka makes a good gun, but are just too light for the 300 WM. It would have to be 300 WSM if it were a Tikka.

I normally think of the Weatherby Vanguards as being heavier than I want. But in one of the magnum chamberings the extra weight is not such a bad thing. They are offered in both 300 WM and 300 WSM. The Vanguard is a solid rifle at a decent price.
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Old November 27, 2014, 01:04 PM   #6
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Do you really need a 300 win mag or you just prefer it? A lot cheaper cartridges/rifles in 30/60, 270, 308 etc and ammo is abundant.

Ruger American revolution just got rifle of the year. Other than that Savage or Remington.
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Old November 27, 2014, 01:15 PM   #7
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If budget weren't a concern, I would say a trg42. If I were looking for a lightweight hunting rifle, tikka t3 with an upgraded steel recoil lug would get my vote.
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Old November 27, 2014, 01:30 PM   #8
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did Ruger make the # One in that caliber? couldnt have a finer rifle than that In My humble opinion
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Old November 27, 2014, 03:22 PM   #9
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300 win mag is an awesome cartidge. But totally over kill for deer and really pricy to feed. 30.06. 308. And the fantastic 270. Win would be my picks unless it were specifically for elk
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Old November 27, 2014, 11:53 PM   #10
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The new Winchesters probably win out for quality in that range. Most all of the top of the line models of different brands are pretty good these days. You would be safe just picking whatever feels best. For a lightweight rifle, though, it's probably Tikka.
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Old November 28, 2014, 12:05 AM   #11
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hso got it right with the first answer! +1
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Old November 28, 2014, 12:24 AM   #12
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1 vote for a Howa/Vanguard. Great rifles for the money. You can pick one up for around 500$ and spend the rest on a quality optic. I have a stainless Howa 1500 in 300WM and have no complaints.
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Old November 28, 2014, 02:54 AM   #13
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Old November 28, 2014, 12:26 PM   #14
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Older sako in 300 wm if your set on that cartridge. 308, 30-06, 7mm-08 are some common cartridges that get you there for a bit less recoil and powder.
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Old November 28, 2014, 02:35 PM   #15
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I hunt with my 300 win mag and love it!! Is it overkill? Nope! it just does the job faster, that's all. Mine is a Remington Model 700 and was purchased before all of the most recent recalls. However, I have also recently acquired a Savage rifle that is an absolute hair splitter!! I would not hesitate to purchase a Savage again. So, as stated I would go Savage, Weatherby, Winchester. Best of luck to ya!
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Old November 29, 2014, 12:22 AM   #16
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I have a Tikka T3 hunter that I have been extremely happy with, shoots great.
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Old November 29, 2014, 08:44 AM   #17
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300 Win mag is a great all around cartridge.If I could only have one hunting rifle,it would be my Rem 700FS.It's a light rifle,and recoil is stout,but loaded with good ammo,it'll do the job on anything in the U.S.I'd look hard at any of the rifle makers' upper grade offerings and go with what fits and handles best.
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Old December 3, 2014, 12:02 AM   #18
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Old December 3, 2014, 12:06 AM   #19
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The Best .300 WinMag is a 30-06.

That's all the recoil & muzzle blast an average shooter can ever get real good with!

But, I realize you are way better then an average shooter.

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Old December 3, 2014, 12:34 AM   #20
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Just like the best 30-06 is a .308

You don't even have to be an average shooter.
You can be below average just like me!
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Old December 3, 2014, 01:04 AM   #21
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Lots of good info already posted. I purchased a Rem 700 bdl in 300 win mag many years ago at that time I could have got a sendero for just a few dollars more the weight killed it tho. As far as ammo I could buy 300 win mag winchester same price or few dollars more than 30-06 years ago. One thing I will say bad about 300 win mag is if shots are to close you will most likely have problems with bullet failure (shedding jacket, blowing up etc) if not using a premium bullet. I really like the 300 win mag a lot, however as mentioned above I would look hard at the 300 wsm if purchasing now, however if buying used either or would be fine.

edit: I had no problems with recoil or muzzle blast for use as a hunting rifle. If it were a bench gun that's a different story, if you feel recoil may effect you see if you can find someone who will let you shoot theirs.
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Old December 3, 2014, 01:20 AM   #22
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The 300 Win mag kicks too hard for most of us.

I have one and while I like the rifle the cartridge is too big.

Long ago a guide and cartridge designer named Les Bowman found that a 7mm magnum was about all his hunters shot well.

He designed the 7mm Rem Mag.

That's what to get.

"The 7mm Remington Magnum is one of the great all-around rifle cartridges and the most popular magnum cartridge yet devised."
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Old December 3, 2014, 11:06 AM   #23
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Old December 3, 2014, 11:40 AM   #24
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just an fyi,
http://www.gentrycustom.com/ muzzle brake
pachmyer decelerator pad
this will make recoil much more bearable and improve accuracy.
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