|View single post by Timberghozt|
|Posted: Sun Oct 2nd, 2005 12:22 PM||
.300 Winchester Magnum
Of all the varmint and big game cartridges developed and introduced by Winchester, the 1963 vintage .300 Winchester Magnum is the fifth most successful. Only the .243, .270, .30-30, and .308 Winchester cartridges are more popular. This is saying more than you might think when we consider that such cartridges as the .22 Hornet, .218 Bee, .220 Swift, .225 Winchester, .307 Winchester, .338 Winchester Magnum, .348 Winchester, .356 Winchester, .358 Winchester, and .375 Winchester cartridges were all born with WW headstamps.
Source: Hodgdon Data Manual, 26th Edition
On the above mentioned text..I do not agree that the 300 Win Mag is a bloodshot beast.That has a lot to do with shot placement.If you bust everything through the front shoulders,yes you are gonna waste some meat.I don`t care if you use a 25-06 and put bullets in the shoulders,you are gonna waste some meat.I hear this same argument from folks who don`t own a 300 Win Mag but still seem to know everything about it`s killing characteristics and its "tremendous recoil".Does the 300 Win Mag generate recoil?Yes it does , but it is managable even without a muzzle brake.I think personally that its performance ballistically and its downrange energy is more than a fair trade for the recoil it produces..
Here is a picture of the 300 Win Mag alongside a 243 Winchester cartridge on the far left and a Wildcat .25 in the center.It is not hard to see why the big 300 is renowned amongst hunters who push the envelope of yardage in the game fields..
My own personal loads for my Model 70 Winchester consist solely with the use of IMR4831,Hornady and Winchester brass and Fed 215 Mag primers.
I load the 165 gr Hornady SST and the 165 grain Nosler ballistic tip.I will not give my load data as I am over the book max for one manual and I don`t feel safe handing it out knowing ineveitably someone might try to duplicate it without working it up safely.
My load for the 168 grain Sierra Matchking is 73.3 grains of IMR 4831 with the bullet seated ten thousandths of the lands.This is an extremely accurate load in my sporter.I have on numerous occasions shot soda pop cans at 300 yards with this load just screwing off.This teaming of a close kiss on the rifling however dooms my Winchester to becoming a single shot but it does perform...
That is enough of my thoughts on this splendid cartridge,lets hear about yours..
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