I hope I'm not opening a can of worms on this one, but I was at scheels buying some .300 win mag loads and the scheels salesman came over and was talking to me about what I was going to shoot with a .300. I just said, well, mule deer this fall hopefully. Do you have any 200 gr Noslers? And he looked at me and said a .300 is way too big for mule deer and that I should get a .270 if I don't have one. I said well that's what I'm using and went back to looking for ammo. I'm shooting 180 gr Winchesters. Anyway, is there really "limits"? It's just practical vs impractical I think. It'll kill it more dead. Any other opinions? Whether it agrees with mine or not?
.300 Win Mag is what I use from antelope to elk and everything in between. IMO, there's no "overkill".
Ive shot lots of deer with a 30-06. Same bullet as a .300 mag, just slower. 30 years ago I switched to a 25-06 for deer and antelope. Just my wanting a lighter caliber, nothing to do with .30 cal being too big. Use what you have, become very proficient with it and punch lots of holes in paper. Also remember....dead is dead, regardless what caliber does it.
Oh yes, the salesman was full of crap!
x2, well I use a .300 weatherby for all big game. With 180gr, bullets. I love the round, it will knock anything down in North America, and reach out there if needed for a long shot.
Originally Posted by CoHiCntry
I'd much rather see a hunter shooting 200gr 300win mag on everything knowing he could hit said animal vs. a guy with the perfect rifle for every animal who can't hit anything.
I try to use an ideal rifle/caliber, ie deer, elk, etc... but have no problem with overkill, certainly prefer an overkill cartridge to an underkill cartridge.
btw I might ask what you're using/shooting, but would never say something like that's way too much or overkill.
There is a thing called overkill??? :D
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My buddy uses .300 it's a great all around gun. Besides my 7mm. Lol
I even use a 300wm on our puny rabbit-sized whitetails, which is why I have 3 of them....but also a fan of the WSM, WBY, RUM & Plain Jane 30-06. 30-06 can get it done on everything in North America and a cpl authors have shown that, but no reason to handicap yourself if you need a little extra ummmphh for penetration on less than perfect shot opportunities.
I'm certainly no expert but my only thought is that if a guy uses the same bullet on elk as he does on say an antelope, the bullet might just blow through the animal without hardly opening up. Like if you were using a Barnes TSX or something like that. Can somebody with more knowledge give me their thoughts on that? Even so, your setup for deer seems fine to me.
Annoying salesman :p
I'd hunt anything in North America with a .300
For my first 20 years hunting I shot everything with a .270, that included multiple moose, 4 sheep, a bunch of antelope, couple caribou, several elk, a grizzly, black bear...etc etc.
For the last 10 I have shot everything with a .300 WSM, that includes a bunch of antelope, some elk, mule deer, and a couple sheep. My wife shoots it and shoots it well.
If you are comfortable with your .300 don't worry about it.