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Hi,guys this is my first post on this board.Well my question is I'm buying a new rifle this fall for hunting and my main game animals are wapiti and white-tail.I lived in montana all my life and hunt from East to west of the state.I hunt everything I can.I already owen a 30-06,25-06,243,6mm,and7mm-08
I've owned 2 300 ultra mags,liked the flat shooting but not the recoil(nice scare between the eyes from the 1st one)and a couple 338 win mags and one 35 whelen.Iwas thinking of getting the 300wsm in the Mdl.70 featherweight w/a 3x9x40mm Redfeild scope or
should I go with the 300 win mag.I donot handload so factory ammo will be used.any info will help.Thnks BBJ

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welcome to the board can't help you with your rifle selection question. But taking a guess you will have a wider ammo selection with the 300 win mag

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If recoil is an issue the 300 WSM in a feather-weight rifle is probably not the solution. A 7mm rem mag may be a decent choice. Don't over-look the 30-06 that you already have either. It would be just fine for most hunting. If you do want one of the big boomers then choose a scope with excellant eye relief like the Leupolds.

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I agree with Chester, your 30-06 should be fine for elk and certainly for deer. If you are looking to reduce recoil, a heavier gun will help you more than a light gun.

Welcome BareBack.

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Ditto on what the others said. If you want a little faster and flatter shooting cartridge, try the "light magnum" rounds that are available for the .30-06.

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If you own a 30-06 then that should work just fine for both elk and deer. If you're looking for an excuse to buy a new rifle I'd get a 7mm Rem mag. Not much more recoil but it shoots a little flatter and retains more energy down range.

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Yeh I'm looking for an excusse to buy a new rifle.I have given the Lt-mag loads from hornady a look before,I've shot them out my 25-06 and 338 win mag,but not my "06" cause it is a pump and I don't think you are suposed to shoot them out of those or auto's.
I could be wrong,thanks for some of the info though,but today I went ahead and bought the 300wsm.I will mount the scope tonight.Next week moose tags should be comming in the mail wish me luck.BBJ

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Thats a good choice too. Enjoy that new bad boy. Good luck on your moose hunt.

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you better not draw a moose tag before me :smile:

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The 300 Winchester Magnum is still going to kick you pretty good, especially if it is a bolt action. I shoot Ruger No. 1, single shot lever actions, because they kick alot less than a bolt. All my friends who have shot my 300 are amazed how nice it shoots, even with hot handloads. The hefty falling block lever action absorbs most of the recoil, and the gun only weighs 8 pounds without a scope. I haven't shot one but I've read and heard that the short magnums don't kick bad at all, plus have the same ballistics of the larger magnums. If you look in most reloading manuals, you can shoot 100 grain bullets up to 250 in a 300 Win Mag. A friend told me my No. 1 kicks less because of shape of the stock. Manufacturs are coming up with short magnums in many bullet sizes now.

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Bare Back Jack......You must have been reading those gun rags about Less Recoil and just as much energy delivered and velocity also as the 300 Winchester magnum eh?

Well I will tell you it Ain't So! The 300WSM is a good elk gun, no question there Ok. However it is Not as recoil shy as the gun rags might want you to believe, when sitting at the bench trying your handloads.

After all it is the same 180 grain bullet your pushing out the end at say 2950fps! I have noticed one thing in my 30 years of hunting elk in the mountain states, that is buying ammo for your caliber gun is NOT as easy as some city folks might think.

In Western states you will find, at the friendly little stores you stop in for your purchases, calibers like the .270, 30-06, 7mm mag, 300 mag and sometimes a box of the 338 mag. Those store owners just won't and don't stock ever new caliber that the gun rags rave about OK. Now that is just food for thought hunters. I say go with the tried and proven 300 Winchester magnum plain and simple. You can buy ammo darn near any where for this caliber.

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