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Does Anyone REALLY Hunt With 300 Win Mag?

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by ReadyontheRight, Oct 31, 2006.

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Do You Regularly Use 300 Win Mag or Other "Magnum" Cartridge?

  1. Yes! A Magnum Cartridge Fills a Hunting Need for Me.

    157 vote(s)
    39.3%
  2. My Only Hunting Rifle is a Magnum Hunting Rifle.

    29 vote(s)
    7.3%
  3. I Own a Magnum Hunting Rifle, But I Rarely Use It.

    66 vote(s)
    16.5%
  4. I See No Need For a Magnum Rifle.

    147 vote(s)
    36.8%
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  1. UltraMag1981

    UltraMag1981 Member

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    I have a Rem 700 sps in .300 rum and have yet to shoot anything with it! I don't want to destroy alot of meat on a deer, so it hasn't made it to the deer camp yet. The only thing I have hunted with the 300 is coyotes but never had a clear shot at one yet (they must smell all that powder from a mile away). For deer I take my 30-06 Benelli R1 which is crazy accurate with 178 berger VLS's It's plenty of gun for deer, bear and even moose, but when the day comes that I head up north for a moose hunt I will be taking the 300 because of the added penetration and energy at greater distances.
     
  2. jgiehl

    jgiehl Member

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    I have a Ruger Hawkeye in .338 win. mag. I went from my .30-06 to that one with never having shot one. What a world of difference! But I bought mine for the purpose that when my kids start hunting I want something bigger for defense also.
    That's also why my wife bought her .300 win. mag.
    But we both still love spending a day on the range with the .30-06
     
  3. Kachok

    Kachok Member

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    I have owned three 7mm mags, never a 300 mag. my last magnum ended up busting my nose wide open (not enough eye releif). I sold my magnums and got a T3. The day I have to track ANYTHING shot with my 6.5x55 I might consider them again, until then I cannot justify paying $40 a box for good ammo or bruising my shoulder after only 20 rounds.
     
  4. slow55

    slow55 Member

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    I traded a 1987 Coleman Pop-up camper needing a lot of TLC for a Winchester Model 70 .300 WSM with case and about 30 rounds of ammo.
    It has an older Simmons Aetec 6-20X50 scope on it that has pretty darn good optics for a Simmons. I plan to sell it early 2011 because with all of my other guns, I really can't justify the initial reloading supply setup. I may keep the scope for my 22-250.

    The .300 wsm definately has utility in some areas of the US for larger game. Where I hunt in central Texas, I just don't need it. Other than Coyotes at 300+ yards, there's not much to shoot at that I can't kill with a 243 or smaller center fire. My .204 reloads have always nailed the mangy K9s quick and clean.

    IMO, my 30-06 Argentine Mauser is the largest I need for a Texas Hill Country White tails or a highly anticipated stray Axis Deer. The last Hog I killed was with my Ruger Bearcat at 20 yards.
     
  5. farscott

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    One of my wife's uncles is a dedicated deer hunter, and his deer rifle of choice is a Ruger 77 Mark II chambered in .300 Winchester Magnum. He says he likes it because the deer are DRT, but I still use my .45 ACP, .243 Winchester, and (next year) .454 Casull in an Encore rifle.
     
  6. Durty

    Durty Member

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    I love my 300 win mag. It weighs 14 pounds with the scope so the felt recoil is moderate. Very comparable to my sporter weight 30-06. I have walked a mile with it on several occasions and its not a big deal. I sure wouldn't tote it far in any sort of difficult terrain tho... its a great beanfield rifle which is why I built it. I wanted a gun that is heavy and stable to make 300 yard shots relatively simple. I could have built a smaller caliber rifle but I knew since it was going to weigh so much, recoil wouldnt be an issue anyway. So, why not load my 165 gr Sierras to go 3300 fps?? :)))
     
  7. tallcharlie

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    I use a Remington 673 in .350 Rem Mag (loaded down a bit) for hunting white tail deer in Tennessee brush. Full factory loads are good for bear in East Tennessee, but you can really use them for anything if you don't reload.
     
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