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I need a rifle to hunt mainly moose, black bear and caribou. Every once in a while there might be an elk or even whitetail or mule. I want a 300. wsm and i really hear great things about the Browning X-Bolt stainless stalker. WHat do you think of the x-bolt

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The x bolt is an excellent choice. The 300wsm is a great choice as well. You won't be disappointed. Thumbs up

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.300 wsm

I shoot a .300 wsm. It's a savage model 11 that I 'tuned up.' This particular rifle shoots best with Winchester silver ballistic tips - 150 grain. Sub MOA at 100 and 3 inches at 400.

Modifications:
Weighted Stock
Bedded Action
Floated Barrel
One piece scope mount
Bi-pod

Short Version...... I luv my wizzum...

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Location: VIRGINIA AND GEORGIA
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.375 Ruger

Hey,
Im told that the .375 Ruger can go from 200gr on the low end for what your shooting to .300 on the high end for African game
I have one, but have only pushed 270g through it for practice

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Have a friend who shoots a stainless stalker A-bolt in .300 WM. Loves it. Hunts in SW WA, so likes the stainless and synthetic combo for the wet weather. Has taken several blacktail deer and elk over the past few years.

Can't vouch for the X-bolt or the differences between WM and WSM.

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What does the WM or WSM mean? Also looking for a Elk rifle, been leaning to the 30-06 but not sure who makes a good low to mid priced set up.. Know I want a magazine type bolt action just for easy to load and unload. What do you think of the weatherby brand? Any help would be greatly appricated. Thanks.

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new2elk wrote:
What does the WM or WSM mean? Also looking for a Elk rifle, been leaning to the 30-06 but not sure who makes a good low to mid priced set up.. Know I want a magazine type bolt action just for easy to load and unload. What do you think of the weatherby brand? Any help would be greatly appricated. Thanks.

300 wm(winchester magnum) and 300WSM(winchester short magnum)

The weatherby vanguard is a good buy. Take a look at the Savage rifles as well.

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The 300 WSM is a great all around cartridge and is very accurate with a lot of loads. BUT, they do have a certain amount of recoil - just something to think about. Browning makes a great rifle but the barrels tend to be thin which makes sighting in and general practice in hot weather a pain in the ass.

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matt,

I don't prefer guns made in Japan. I go back to WW2 and they killed my uncle mike.

The 300 WSM is a good round but one must want a lighter rifle and then it goes together. For instance the Kimber's are a neat short action with CRF, a three position M70 type safety.

Good luck.

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Your cartridge choice is a good one. I have had 3-300WSM's and it is a fantastic cartridge. Especially since you do not need to buy the longer(heavier) magnum action and you still get magnum performance.

As far as your rifle choice is concerned. The Browning is an excellent rifle choice. Have you handled one yet??

There are a lot of great rifle choices out there right now. And the price difference is not a big deal when you consider how long you are going to have the rifle.

However I would go out and handle all the rifles first. And just make sure you like the "FEEL" of the rifle. If you can then take a chair outside of the sports shop and take the rifle outside and sit down in the chair and just handle the different rifles for a few minutes(each rifle). Trust me--one or two rifles will really stand out to you. Throw the rifle up to your shoulder while you are in different stances, and really get the "FEEL" of the rifle.

It is difficult to make a bad choice as long as you stay with the better quality mfrs. Tom.

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Does anyone know about Howa rifles? How do they compare to the Savage? I have a flyer from a big name shop that has both the Savage and a Howa Ranchland on sale. I know I have to go get them in my hand see how they feel but would like to know what you all think of the qality of each. Thanks.

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