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What's the deal with the .325 WSM? The .300 WSM has found considerable popularity, but it sure looks to me like the .325 may not be long for the world. Neither Remington, Federal, or Hornady makes any ammo for it, and all Winchester offers is a 180 gr Ballistic Silvertip, a 200 gr Accubond, or a 220 gr Power Point. Winchester firearms used to chamber it in the M70, but it's not a part of the SXR line. Browning and Savage chamber it, but Remington doesn't.

I always thought they should've gone a touch bigger and called it a .338 WSM, because it appears nobody's buying into the .325. Am I missing something, or has the 8mm curse struck again?

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I have purchased a 325 and have run into the same problem, there is an ongoing thread in the reloading forum, winchester is currently the only one manufacturing rounds for it. I have contacted federal and they told me that they will decide whether to start manufacture after the first of the year

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I think the problem is it's an 8mm. I doubt one will ever make it other than for true believers. Much like my pet 6.5's. They just don't go here.

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Either way, it will be interesting to see how this plays out. I know if the round isnt manufactured there will be some upset people. I know most of the gun shops around town have sold out of them. I wonder though what is the number that remington, federal ect look for before they decide to start manufacturing a round.

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I don't know if it is necessarily a 8mm curse or rather its a "non-22-270-or-300" caliber curse. 7mm seems like it should be a hit with the popularity of 7mm rem mag, but in recent years 7mm rsaum, 7mm rum, 7mm wsm, and even 7mm stw seem to have basically failed to gain much mind share.

325 wsm is at least a bit original in that there have been few 8mm cartridges released for the last 100 years. The last one I remember is 8mm rem mag, which is a rare beast.

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Yes but the 7 mm Rem does well and the 7-08 is very popular. The 280 and 7x57 hav a following big enough to keep ammo sales going. The other big 7's I think played to the wrong audience. Guys looking for that go 300 mag or 338 mag

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from everything ive heard though im glad that i bought the 325 and not the 338 federal. from every body ive talked to they cant give them away. No ones buying them. Im not sure what the difference is between the 338 and the 338 fed is but im sure it must not be all that different

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The difference between the 338 Win and the 338 Fed is much the same as the difference between the 300 Win and the 308 Win. Same cases! I really don't think that any over 30 cal cartridge will be successful again. Absolutely no need and a small market. There is little real need for cartridges over 30 cal in this country. A 300 Win with a 200 gr bullet is more than a match for anything that walks Nort and south America. In fact probably 90%+ of the worlds game. A 30-06 with a good 180 gr bullet would be a good choice for any game in North and South America, brown bears included.

I think that it would take some kind of mericle for any new cartridge to become successful and I think that area will revolve around 25's and 6.5's. But historically 6.5's are a bust in this country. Whay American shooters except and reject leaves me very confussed at times. I see a lot more use for the 338 Fed than the 338 Win but, the 338 Fed is going to be another 358 Win if it's lucky.

I wonder if there was no min calibre for cape buffalo and elephant, what cartridges would be being used the most? Remember it is the white hunter that must face the charge if any. Were I a white hunter, I would prefer a hunter shoot a 30-06 with the right bullet, that he could shoot ,at either rather than a 375 H&H with any bullet that he couldn't!

Sorry guy's, drifted away.

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the 300wsm has done pretty well though so would that make it the "one" that got thru?Im sure part of the new cartridge development is soley to sell new rifles, less likely to fill a need of a new cartridge. And it seems like there is alot of hype surrounding the release of it. Then you find yourself in a position of no or lack of commercial ammo. I can say all of this because I am smack in the middle of it. I bought into all the hype of the 325 and dont get me wrong I love my new gun but, in hindsight I might(should) have waited a while before making the purchase.

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Once you start reloading, it'll become a non issue.

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that is true, I am a firm believer in accepting my mistakes and just want to put it out there so that hopefully someone else who may be interested in the same caliber knows what they are getting themselves into unlike myself

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