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Old 12-08-2010, 03:05 PM   #11
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The neat thing about th 300Rum that I noticed for a non handloader is that there are 3 power levels from Remington.Level one is the ballistic twin to the 30-06,level 2 is equal to a .300 Win mag and level 3 is full out .300 Rum power,I know it's probably a marketing thing that is sucking me right into it thinking he could use level one for whitetail and the others for bigger game for (only)$50 a box,!But it seems like the Win calibers are easier to find and alot cheaper so he should probably stick with them.
The problem he will run into w/ different "power" cartridges is zeroing his scope each time he changes.
He should also remember the RUM has real heavy recoil, muzzle blast, and is known to be a barrel burner.
I would say a .300 win mag would be about perfect for a .30 caliber.
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300 win mag. I know a guy with a 300 rum and a 338 edge (300 rum necked up to 338) he has $5k in to those two rifles and if you point out a ground hog at beyond 75 yards he can't hit it with either.

This dude missed a deer and shot its antler off with a 300 RUM. That gun is big loud and will kick the snot right out of you.

Unless you can handle sitting at a bench for a few hours each week and feeding that big SOB don't even think about it.

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I must agree with everyone. Probably the best and most reasonable rifle for larger than deer game would be the .300 Win Mag, but .270 and .30-06 would also be adequate. The .300WM would give him a much flatter shooting rifle at long range, but cost much more to shoot for fun.

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ive killed 2 @5x5 and a 5x4 with a 30-06 .....but the ultimate elk cartridge is the weatherby 30-378 magnum..........can be loaded ''scale'' .30 bullets from tiny to custom ,heavy bricks.....in 180 grain nothing shoots flatter ,or farther

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My friend has decided that he wants a serious rifle for hunting elk,so I did alot of research on calibers(knowing nothing of the ones I researched ),but I liked the power,flattness and ammo price of the .300 Win mag so I suggested that.I gave him other choices and ballistics numbers,but he is just about dead set that he wants the .300 RUM.I also suggested that he consider the .35 Whelen or .338 Win mag too.What do you suggest he get?
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Your suggestiojns are good. But your friend seems fixsated on POWER. He doesn't need that much, but if that's what he wants, about the only other option I could add would be a level action 45/70.
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Like said in earlier replies here .270 or .30-06 should get the job done fine but if your friend wants a more powerful rifle cartridge then it would have to be the 300 Win. Mag. Be aware however, that a light weight hunting configuration rifle the 300 Win. Mag. does pack a bit of felt recoil wallop.

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Your suggestiojns are good. But your friend seems fixsated on POWER. He doesn't need that much, but if that's what he wants, about the only other option I could add would be a level action 45/70.
I have suggested 45-70 and .450 marlin several times ESPECIALLY since he is moving here to Michigan where the woods are thick and shots are short,but he has a thing with wanting to shoot far,someone also mentioned how them fast rounds cause bloodshot meat,as we seen how his .270 did that to deer from close range this deer season,so I told him to look more at that .35 Whelen over the .300 win/rum since its fairly flat but heavier and slower with just as much energy as the 300 win,I think he needs to understand that a .300 rum is meant to do a good job-but at 300-400 yards,up close it's just a big mess.I only own 2 deer calibers the 30-30 and .444Marlin,I only use the .444 and it does great here.
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When I used to hunt deer here in the Sierras in Cali. all I ever used was 30-30 with a Model 94 Winchester rifle. Most my meat was taken at less than 100 yards in the heavy wooded areas I used to hunt.

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When I used to hunt deer here in the Sierras in Cali. all I ever used was 30-30 with a Model 94 Winchester rifle. Most my meat was taken at less than 100 yards in the heavy wooded areas I used to hunt.

Greatest Deer combo ever! For me the '94 is to small. I use an old Swede bolt gun in 9.3x57 for the same purpose. Great rifle and slick as sh!t. I don't think an Elk would have a chance at 100 yards. Gotta love the mountains for hunting.
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I less powerful gun that one can and does shoot well is much better than a 875 super loudenboomber shortultra longsmokin magnum.

Don't mistake taking enough gun with I am a crappy shot so I must have the biggest baddest rifle on the planet. or I can shoot deer at 200 yards so I can shoot elk at 800.

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