Originally Posted by scott92
I have done my research at cabelas and have narrowed down my results to the Browning® A-Bolt II Hunter, Remington Model 700, Ruger® M77® Hawkeye®, The only help i need is deciding on the type of mag to get. the Caliber is .300 but i'm not too sure on the Win, WSM, or the Ultra Mag. So if someone could tell me the difference or tell me which one to get... I hunt mainly in the field on flat terrain and shoot usually at 250+ yards for whitetail. but I also want to be able to make the shots in the mountains of CO at Elk and Moose. Help would be greatly appreciated.
Why a .300 mag? Most people I know that use a magnum will never take a shot past 300 yards. At that range a magnum is not required. For whitetail or moose I use a 6.5x55 and would not be undergunned for Elk at reasonable distances. Bullet construction is the key. I do have a 7mm Remington Magnum that I bought many years ago. At the time 175gr were the norm for Elk, but with the better constructed bullets we now have I opt for a 140 or 160gr with the 140 being the norm. The lighter of the 2 holds its own out to 400 yards. It is only then that the 160 starts to have an advantage in energy.
If I did not own it already, I would not buy one now. If you truely "need" a .30 caliber mag, I would stay with the old long case version. Ammo will be easier to find. Be warned, it packs a serious wallop to the shooter w/ heavy bullets. Best of luck, JP