Ok loaders, my dies are ordered, I have settled on H1000 to start with and a friend is picking up the powder and large rifle magnum primers.
I would like to load ammo for target this summer and hunting this fall for elk. My plan is to use the same bullet for both. If I am going to hunt with this rifle I may as well practice with the same load all summer and early fall.
What are your recommendations on a good accurate hunting bullet for .300 Win Mag that will be effective on a big game animal as elk out to at least 400 yards and maybe 500?
I have only fired Berger 155s in it thus far and it is dead on at 100. Now it is time for the work to begin. I want to be fully prepared for this expensive Montana elk hunt we are signed up for this October.
I really like the results I got from the Nosler Partition bullets. I shot that black bear (pictured in my profile) with a 300 mag and a 200 grain Partition bullet. I use 4831 in magnum calibers with good accuracy. Good Luck, Joe
Actually deth, we (fellow shooters who have M700 5Rs)have been using H 1000 in their .300 mags at the range with different bullets. It is proving to make very accurate loads with consistent velocities.
I would like to develop my own load in my new M700 5R using hunting bullets such as the Nosler Accubond rather than fmj match bullets. If H1000 does that well in their rifles, there is no reason it shouldn't do the same in mine.
I already have a good supply of 165 Accubonds and some 155 Hornady Gmax but I may need to go closer to 180 grs for hunting elk this fall.
The other guys are shooting mostly 150 or 168 gr. match.
I have good luck with H4350,H4831,Reloader 22,and Reloader 19. I shoot alot of Hornady,Nosler,and Barnes bullets between 165-207grs.
My most accurate loads have been with H4831,but have been very close with some of the others.
Thanks, Tx, thats the sort of info I was looking for. I have never loaded for the .300 but will be into it full time soon. I did notice that H1000 is used in all bullet weights in the Hodgdon data and it does not build up as much pressure as does some of the other powders. RL 22 looks like a good one too. I will start off with the 165 grain bullets. I have never hunted elk or mulies but only the whitetails here in Georgia.
I went ahead and dbought this rifle so that I could get going with it and put in plenty of practice both with load and bullet selection as well as shooting it a couple of times a week. I would like to know it like the back of my hand before we make the trip to Montana in October.
I have also pretty much decided to shoot it a good bit before I decide on whether or not to install a muzzle brake. I know that I would not use it for hunting with unprotected ears.
I dont shoot a 300 win mag, but if I did I would be shooting it because I wanted to shoot the larger .308 bullets faster than my 30-06 can shoot them. Id be working with the 190gr bullets or larger. Some of the larger bullets in the boat tail design have excelent balistic coeficients and would do a great job on elk. Im pretty sure H-4831 or the newer H-4831SC, or the IMR 4350 will do the job very well for you. Ive never worked with H1000.
i just went thru a long process of powders with the 300 win mag trying to find a good one for me, i realy like the H-1000 and the 4831 sc they work realy well with sierra bullets in both 165 and 180 gr game kings for me anyways, also tried r-25 , r-22 with good results but better results with the hodgen, but i am no expert only been reloading mag calibers for 2 years. good luck with the process.
I prefer the 4831 SC for its metering. It will give consistant pwder charges through the Dillon with out the need to use a "trickler". It is certainly not the only powder available, just the one I use.
As for bullets, a good boat tail spitzer in the 180 gr range is probably the best overall for the .300. Unless you are a world class shooter or professionally trained sniper, you will probably never "out shoot" a bullet put out by one of the major makers ie Nosler, Hornaday, Sierra etc.
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