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Re: Do I really want a light rifle?
« Reply #75 on: April 07, 2020, 12:12:51 PM »
There are several 300 rifles in classified for sale. There is always 300s for sale.

There is a reason for that.  Just sayin. :sry:
Whatís wrong with the 300? Serious question


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Absolutely nothing, unless you just read yet another hunting/shooting article talking about the Magic Powers of the latest 6.5mm.  The 300 is a workhorse up to and including military sniper work.
I was going to say itís performed well on the 5 big game animals Iíve ever taken with it.. i felt like the caliber is top of the line for my needs.


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Re: Do I really want a light rifle?
« Reply #76 on: April 07, 2020, 12:18:18 PM »
Nothing wrong with 300WM just really like 300WSM.

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Re: Do I really want a light rifle?
« Reply #77 on: April 07, 2020, 12:22:01 PM »
Nothing wrong with 300WM just really like 300WSM.
Opposite for me  :chuckle:

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That should get this one going.  :yike:

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Re: Do I really want a light rifle?
« Reply #78 on: April 07, 2020, 12:24:15 PM »
There has never been a horse that can't be rode, and a man that can't be throwed.

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Re: Do I really want a light rifle?
« Reply #79 on: April 07, 2020, 12:49:16 PM »
Nothing wrong with 300WM just really like 300WSM.
Opposite for me  :chuckle:

#realmagnumswearbelts

That should get this one going.  :yike:

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Yeah, but would you want a light 300 win mag?  That's what this thread is about.

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Re: Do I really want a light rifle?
« Reply #80 on: April 07, 2020, 12:56:25 PM »
Nothing wrong with 300WM just really like 300WSM.
Opposite for me  :chuckle:

#realmagnumswearbelts

That should get this one going.  :yike:

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Yeah, but would you want a light 300 win mag?  That's what this thread is about.
Ive already posted my opinion on rifle weight in this thread.  :dunno:

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Re: Do I really want a light rifle?
« Reply #81 on: April 07, 2020, 01:16:03 PM »
Back to the Ops question, here is some helpful information comparing cartridges and rifle weights for same weight bullet.


300 WM, 180gr bullet, 3100fps velocity
7lb total weight rifle = 37.35 ft-lbs of recoil energy, 18.53 fps recoil velocity
9lb total weight rifle = 29.05 ft-lbs of recoil energy, 14.41 fps recoil velocity

30-06, 180gr bullet, 2800fps velocity
7lb total weight rifle = 30.02 ft-lbs recoil energy, 16.51 fps recoil velocity
9lbs total weight rifle = 23.35 ft-lbs recoil energy, 12.92fps recoil velocity

308, 180gr bullet, 2600fps velocity
7lb total weight rifle = 21.29 ft-lbs recoil energy, 13.99 fps recoil velocity
9lbs total weight rifle = 16.56 ft-lbs recoil energy, 10.88 fps recoil velocity


A good Limbsaver pad can close much of the difference in felt recoil between those examples.  But even with the best recoil pad, a 300WM in a 7lb total weight rifle (including scope/etc.) is going to still kick some.  9lb rifle? Not as bad. 


Stock design also comes into play regarding felt recoil.  Some are better than others.   

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Re: Do I really want a light rifle?
« Reply #82 on: April 07, 2020, 01:38:00 PM »
I have a Tikka T3 Superlite in 30-06. I have a limbsaver pad which helps quite a bit. I shoot 150 grain Barnes TTSX and think you could hunt your moose with that (and just about everything else) no problem.
I think 300 win mags with a brake are brutal how loud they are, so I would stay clear of that setup. Plus, everyone will hate you at the range. Even with hearing protection they are crazy loud.

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Re: Do I really want a light rifle?
« Reply #83 on: April 07, 2020, 02:22:24 PM »
Pansies. Iíve been hunting with this since I was nine.  :tup:

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Re: Do I really want a light rifle?
« Reply #84 on: April 08, 2020, 09:25:27 AM »
Lots of dry fire will really help with flinch.  Plus it gives time for barrel to cool to really dial in that cold bore zero.  10 dry fires per shot and if the flinch persists go 20.  Each dry fire should be treated as if you are shooting a target
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Re: Do I really want a light rifle?
« Reply #85 on: April 08, 2020, 10:01:45 AM »
Lots of dry fire will really help with flinch.  Plus it gives time for barrel to cool to really dial in that cold bore zero.  10 dry fires per shot and if the flinch persists go 20.  Each dry fire should be treated as if you are shooting a target

Good advice. It definitely works. I've done it myself, and I taught my daughter to do the same thing. Helps her a lot.

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Re: Do I really want a light rifle?
« Reply #86 on: April 08, 2020, 10:14:56 AM »
Lots of dry fire will really help with flinch.  Plus it gives time for barrel to cool to really dial in that cold bore zero.  10 dry fires per shot and if the flinch persists go 20.  Each dry fire should be treated as if you are shooting a target

Good advice. It definitely works. I've done it myself, and I taught my daughter to do the same thing. Helps her a lot.

When I started practicing shots out past 400 yards, I did a lot of dry firing. It helped immensely. Then began shooting a very lightweight rifle, and found the similarities between shooting an ultralight rifle, and long range with my other rifle to be very close. The dry firing helps a lot.
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Re: Do I really want a light rifle?
« Reply #87 on: April 08, 2020, 12:36:55 PM »
light weight rifles MUST have light trigger pull.

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Re: Do I really want a light rifle?
« Reply #88 on: April 08, 2020, 01:51:44 PM »
The 1-4 # difference is not a damn thing if you canít pack yourself / gear in! If youíre so worried about a couple pounds in a hunting situation- you better shoot the smallest buck you see period , cuz if that couple # is a big deal youíre screwed haha. Just get comfortable with what you shoot and get confident and youíre good.

If I had that attitude with all my gear I could needlessly be packing an extra 30lbs into the backcountry. It adds up quick and does make a difference.

I'm going to agree.

I really don't see how anyone can haul around those 9 pound rifles in rough terrain. A couple extra pounds on shoulder is definitely noticeable after a few miles.

 


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