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I recently gathered up enough cash to buy myself a new rifle,i narrowed my choices down to 3 calibers a .300 RUM a .300 WSM or a .300 Win Mag. I will be hunting in bushy areas but wide open corn fields 300+yards as well, recoil is not really an issue. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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All should be great for whatever you intend to hunt.

Personally I like to consider:

- Variety of loads available (more diversity)
- Ammo costs

With the cartridges your considering, being underpowered at 300 yards with deer, elk, and most likely moose (can't really say because I haven't hunted moose) is not an issue.

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I have a 300RUM that I love but any of the choices you have will work just fine.

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The WSM can be had in short actions and smaller, lighter rifles, which may be better for brushy areas, yet accurate enough for long range shooting. There is a smaller selection of factory ammo than the Win Mag, but it is growing. Federal has added a few this year to go along with the Winchester line.

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How much barrel you want to carry around is going to make the difference in the three choices. As a general hunting rifle I prefer something thats not going to weight me down or get in the way. It wouldn't surprize me if more die hard 30-06 shooters start going with the 300wsm and use their 30-06 as a back up. I haven't shot any factory loads but, I believe winchester has developed a few general hunting rounds for it at a price tag in the $30 - $40 range per 20. I'm not sure about the pricing on the factory rounds. I've been hand loading and with the stats I coming up with the 300wsm is a 300+ yd rifle.

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A 300 magnum might not be a good choice for a first rifle. You might end up finding out that after ten shots or so that recoil is a factor, as it is for many shooters, and if so, you may have trouble shooting it accurately. A more pleasant caliber like a 260 Remington, 270 Winchester, 280 Remington, 7mm-08 Remington, 308 Winchester, or even a 30-06, would all meet the standard, all will have enough energy at 300 yards to dispatch a deer sized animal or even larger, and are far more pleasant to shoot than a 300 magnum. They're also less expensive to shoot than the magnums. Basically, unless you're seriously thinking about hunting 600 lb animals and up, or long-range hunting in the mountains, like for mule deer, I would say forget the magnum calibers.

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I guess i should have specified that this is not going to be my first rifle i have shot many different rifles including a .300 win mag and a .300 wsm I will be hunting moose in clear cuts 300+ yards. I will also be hunting black bear and whitetailed deer with the shots on deer often coming in corn fields 300+ yards as well. I currently shoot a .308 win but I don't feel that it has the power to down a 1000 puound bull moose at 300 yards.

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I just don't want you to end up with a gun that gives you a hard time. Most shots at moose are not at 300 yards, in fact the majority are less than 200 yards.

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I agree with you that most shots at moose come at less than 200 yards but at 17 i have already seen 3 moose hit but not killed 2 by a .270 and one by a .308 i'm not saying these are not acceptable moose rifles but i am an in-experienced moose hunter and most times my shots are not going to be perferctly placed. I want a rifle large enough so that i might have a better chance of downing a big bull even if my shot isn't perfectly placed. At 6'2'' and 220lbs i'm not bothered by the recoil of a .300 win mag. Is ammo expensive for a .300 RUM?? any help is greatly appreciated.

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I used factory ammo in my 300RUM for about 2 months. It runs about 2.5times more expensive than 300WinMag and is offered in a very small array of bullets which is the main reason why I started reloading for it. It is a great calibre but with all due respect it is not the calibre to start your shooting career with no matter how large a person you are. I shoot about a 1000 rounds a year from high powered rifles with about 400 rounds coming from the RUM and there are days that I can shoot all day with the rifle and days I have to put it down and grab the 308WIN or the 30-06. You deal with the recoil over time and practice but it doesn't disappear. If you get this calibre, which is an excellent moose round, buy a very high quality scope that can take a thumping and also consider a long eye relief.

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Does anyone have much experience with the .300 WSM, how much is ammo compared to a .300 win mag and how extreme is the recoil compared to the .300 win.

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