I was the winning bidder at a Friends of the NRA banquet for a Shaw MK 7 they have a lot of calibers available, was leaning toward a 300 or 340 weatherby, any Ideas? Hopefully a long range elk and or deer gun.Thanks
Do something fun, and for a little less recoil than the 340 Weatherby you can get similar ballistics with the 358 Norma. I built one a few years ago that would lauch 250 grain bullets at 2800 fps. That's not fooling around. And while stout, it was pretty manageable.
I like the Idea, that's not foolin around at all. Probably whichever I choose, I'll end up handloading. The other thing ,if I ever make it to Africa(not really on my list) it would be a great gun for that also. I get caught up in these fundraisers and end up with more guns than I need, maybe some day the kids will appreciate them, good cause.... I'm hoping with the muzzle brake the WM might be manageable,(get ear plugs).
My big question would be are you in a position to where you could use a 300 or 340 Weatherby more than a couple of times? That along with using them for long range hunting you will need to do a lot of practice with either round to be capable of taking a long shot on an elk. That and the ammo is getting more and more expensive for both rounds unless you reload. For the .340 you are looking at $90.00 for a box of 20 for premium bullets and the .300 isn't far behind.
As for me the .340 Weatherby is the best all around factory cartridge for hunting elk that I have found. It will shoot as flat as a 7mm Remington mag with 250 grain bullets with a lot more punch in the end. But the big thing you need to look at is the availability of ammo for any round you decide to get if you don't reload.
Thanks for the input, in looking at the tables it is making me lean toward the.340. I'm doing a 26'' barrel and a muzzle brake , so it might be a little on the long side. I have a light Kimber in .06 for a mountain rifle so I think this will be a good choice.:D I for my wifes sake pretend they are investments
I don't have any experience with the big calibers so I won't try to give a recommendation there but I did want to compliment you on the rifle. I had heard of Shaw barrells but didn't know they were building complete rifles now. I looked up the website and it looks like some really nice rifles witha lot of different options available.
How long is it supposed to take for your build to be done? It may be shorted because of the Nra auction but I have seen waits posted from 3 months to over a year. It may be something I would be interested in as well but not if I had to wait so long after placing the order.
They are telling me an 18 mo time frame. Glad I'm not in a hurry, wanted to do a 30-378 WM but they don't offer that chambering, probably a little too punishing even with the muzzlebrake. The ballistics look good on the .340wm ,the shells a little pricey on all of them, I better buy some dies for the old rockchucker...
Wind is one of the most crucial variables in any kind of big game hunting. It helps level the playing field between a hunter with a scoped rifle and the game animals being hunted. This is not novel information. Any hunter who has consistent success in the field knows this. I have tried a couple different techniques for keeping track of the wind. Here are a couple.
The most simple and obvious is to just stay cognizant of it. It is amazing how slight of a breeze you can sense if you just pay...