I'm probably going to buy my friends 300 win mag because it's at a price I can't pass up. However I AM a little concerned.
My fear is that the round will not expand rapidly enough on the thin skinned/ thin bodied Desert Mule Deer we have locally. An .06 or .270 will pass through, slow down and leave a large exit wound.
I have another good friend and hunting partner that has told me stories about the shooting of two different deer, a few years apart, with a 300 win mag at close range. On both of these deer, they were shot in the boiler room and the round passed clean through with almost no expansion. The energy from the bullet hardly passed into the animal - they didn't even fall over, just ran off. One of them traveled over two miles. They found it by accident the next day, magpies were having a good time and they went to investigate. Exit wound the size of you're thumb.
What experience do you have with a 300 win mag on thin skinned, small bodied game?