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    300?

    Hello there all, new to the fourm and I must say it looks like a good bunch of people here!

    I have a question for you, I am looking at getting a new rifle for Mule Deer/Elk and have my caliber choice down to either 300 WinMag or 300 WSM.

    Which one would you choose and why?

    Thanks!

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    300 win mag, there are many reasons but the main ones are:

    Popular cartridge anywhere, you can find ammo for it anywhere that sells ammo

    It's a proven cartridge, it's been around a long time and is very popular for a reason

    Less recoil, all the WSM have much more recoil than their brother cartridge.

    Ballistics are pretty close yet the 300 win mag is cheaper to shoot

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    Also 300 win mag isnt as fat so magazines hold more.
    My uncle has a 300 wsm in rem 700 and I believe it holds 3+1

    While a 300 win. Holds 4+1.

    Might not make a difference in your decision but maybe.

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    +1 to both of those responses. The fat case and steep shoulder on the wsm's also makes for a rougher cycle. I have a Kimber Montana with no floor plate so you have to cycle all the cartridges to empty the magazine. After a few loads/unloads the brass gets deep scratches. Other guns may not have that problem, but mine does...

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    I think the two cartridges are more similar than different. In my experience, the 300 WSM is pretty widely available, anymore. Both are excellent handloading cartridges. I would make the choice based on the action you prefer: short or long.

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    i agree with bitterroot. I would add loading your own ammo, I had a 300 wsm and wasn't too happy with it, but from what i've heard, with custom loaded ammo they perform alot better, i only used ammo off the shelf. Took more animals than not but lost a couple due to the bullet not hitting hard enough. Seemed like it would just pierce a small whole and slip right thru without mushrooming. After about 50 yards they would close up and were untrackable and would keep going and going and going. The ones i did harvest, had the same small hole but a better placed shot. Not proud of it, but it happens, hopefully you have better luck with it than i did.

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    they sure are showing some killer shows on the Outdoor Channel and Sportsmans Channel tonight!!!!

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    I don't know what jay means by "not hitting hard enough" but that's certainly not the caliber's fault. Sounds like a crappy bullet.

    The ballistics between the two are so close, it just comes down to what bullet you want to shoot. If you want to launch heavier bullets, 180-210+ gr., go with the winchester. If you are thinking of going lighter, 150-180 gr., the short mag will do that very well.

    The 300 win. is legendary and that's what I would choose, but it should also be noted that your rifle will be lighter on a short action. Just depends on what you're looking for and your personal preference. You really can't go wrong with either one.
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    [QUOTE=Elkoholic307;13558]I don't know what jay means by "not hitting hard enough" but that's certainly not the caliber's fault. Sounds like a crappy bullet.

    I think I noted I was using "crappy bullets", thanks for the recap!

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    I can't speak about the wsm because I have never shot one, but my 300 win mag has 6 consecutive one shot kills!
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