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Old February 12, 2019, 09:53 PM   #1
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.300 Win mag rifle

Looking to get a .300 win mag rifle. But I am mot sure where to start looking. It is going to be used for long range competition shooting. So I am looking for suggestion on what manufacturers to look at.
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Old February 12, 2019, 10:27 PM   #2
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What kind of competition and what range? .300 WM is a good long range round, but you're just a little too vague on specifics.
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Old February 12, 2019, 10:47 PM   #3
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Looking at shooting steel out to 1000+ yards. Most compitions I have found are limited to .300 Win Mag or lower.

I have a 6.5 Creedmore and a .308 want to step up to a .300 Win Mag.
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Old February 13, 2019, 12:02 AM   #4
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Savage model 110 BA. Or 110 FCP would be a good place to start. Maybe the Stealth evolution.

Cheaper than some others of that style. Would likely shoot just as good or better.

New this year from Browning is the X-Bolt long range max. I believe they chamber it for 300 win mag. (It's on my list of what to buy this year)

You could probably find a donor Savage action put a nice stock on it with a heavy barrel. For about the same money you would pay for the other two options I mentioned.
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Old February 13, 2019, 05:31 AM   #5
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while visiting my buddy in fla.,we cruised the local gun shops lots of heavy cal rifles guess northern retirees have no need for hunting with 300 mag check out Florida gun exchange
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Old February 13, 2019, 07:35 AM   #6
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I owned and shot a 300 WM "target rifle" for several years. Mine had a 26" medium heavy barrel and fairly thick stock giving it a total weight of about 10.5-11# and it still had a lot of recoil for a "competition" rifle. Unless you're extremely good at recoil attenuation, that recoil will result in vertical stringing at best and an incurable flinch at worst.
At one time, recoil didn't seem to bother me but it sure as he!! does now. My "shooting shoulder" had been beaten to the point of irreparable damage.
The idea of using a 300WM for "competition" hinges on being able to use heavier more wind resistant bullets than the "other guy". If the "other guy" can dope the wind better than you, your advantage is lost and you still get the snot kicked out of you with every shot.
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Old February 13, 2019, 09:16 AM   #7
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With the trend to smaller calibers, most manufacturers don't offer a true "target" style .300 WM. As mentioned you can get a Savage 110 BA Stealth or FCP, Remington has the XCR Tactical or Long Range, then you have Browning with a few tactical and long range models in what I'd call the under $3,000 price range. Barrett offers some options in the $3,000+ price range.
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Old February 13, 2019, 01:02 PM   #8
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I have a 6.5 Creedmore and a .308 want to step up to a .300 Win Mag.
It's not a step up except for recoil. Your 308 will do just fine out to 800-900 yards. Your 6.5 CM will still be supersonic with better accuracy than 300 WM out to almost 2000 yards. With 1/3 the recoil. The 300 WM is a "has been" for long range target shooting, you're about 10-15 years too late.

It's niche right now is for guys who want to hunt game larger than deer at extreme ranges. It has enough bullet weight, unlike the 6.5's, for that size game at extreme ranges.
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Old February 13, 2019, 01:49 PM   #9
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Knew a guy who regularly won DCRA(our pretend version of the NRA but without the political influence.) 1,000 yard 'sniper' matches(most of which don't allow magnums of any kind unless they're an "Any rifle, any sights' game) with a custom built .300 WM "target rifle". He built it on a Win M70A receiver using a Douglas premium SS barrel and loaded Hornady 190 grain Match bullets(this was long before there was anything else). The rifle weighed 17.5 pounds.
Think in terms of shooting a .300 Mag all day. The Savage 110 BA Stealth weighs 11.13 pounds. The Rem M700 LR is really just a hunting rifle and is too light at 9 pounds. So is their XCR at 8.5 pounds. Either one would pound you into next week. Any of 'em would be good actions to build on though.
The Ruger 'Precision Rifle' weighs 15.2 pounds and is considerably more money, but your shoulder will thank you for the heavier rifle. Mind you, steel at 1,000 really doesn't need a magnum. A .308 or your 6.5 will do that with the right ammo with far less ouchery.
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Old February 13, 2019, 05:31 PM   #10
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The 110 BA Stealth also has a Muzzle brake. By the time you add a good optic you are gonna add another 1.5-2 pounds weight. Bipod will add another 1-2 pounds. That will make for a rifle that weighs 13.5-15 pounds. And has a muzzle break. I seriously doubt it will "Pound him into next week"
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Old February 14, 2019, 05:19 AM   #11
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The 6.5 Creed will not shoot out to 2000 yards better than a 300WM's 185 gr. hybrid. I should know because I've done it! In windy conditions this WM will group better than a Creed at almost any range. So let me clarify - I'm talking about a $4000 Custom 300 Win Mag with a 1/10 twist Krieger. It has a special break for reduced recoil. Every time you squeeze the trigger it will cost you over $2.00. I don't recommend any magnum cartridge unless you're ready to fork out the money and abuse. - It takes a lot of money to play this game with a magnum.
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Old February 14, 2019, 10:12 AM   #12
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I've had a dozen 300W mags but all hunting rifles. Rem made some 40x in 300mg. Other
than that you best bet is one of the new hi tech models.
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Old February 16, 2019, 07:31 AM   #13
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The 110 BA Stealth also has a Muzzle brake. By the time you add a good optic you are gonna add another 1.5-2 pounds weight. Bipod will add another 1-2 pounds. That will make for a rifle that weighs 13.5-15 pounds. And has a muzzle break. I seriously doubt it will "Pound him into next week"
I have a Savage 110BA LE left hand in .300 win mag for long range shooting, but I removed the compensator for my suppressor. The suppressor tames down the recoil to a .308 level and my fellow shooters appreciate the noise reduction too.
With the .300, the wind factor is much less than a lighter bullet in the same conditions.
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