Your thoughts for a bear and moose round; 300WM, 300RUM or 338WM?
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Old 12-01-2010, 01:40 PM   #1
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Default Your thoughts for a bear and moose round; 300WM, 300RUM or 338WM?

Ok guys, the old question im sure you all have heard before.

I searched the forum, but didnt find what i was looking for.

I am in the market for a new rifle for bear and moose.

Living in New Brunswick we have some nice bruins, moose isent bad either.

I am currently using a 30-06 which is working great, however, had a close call with a bruin this fall while stalking it.

The bear I shoot always goes to meat and I keep the hides, so I dont want to cause a ton of damage, if ya know what I mean (Exit Wound).

Question:

Was looking at:

300 WM

300 RUM

338 WM


I do go to the range here quite a bit, and I reload.

The rifle I choose will also be used at "long distance" at the range 300-500 yds.

What do ya all think?

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Old 12-03-2010, 12:50 PM   #2
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Personally I would go for the 338WM or consider a 375HH or one of the other 375's.
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Any of the above including the 06 are great, although, IMHO bullet selection makes a huge difference. I used a 200 grain Noslers Partition bullet in a 300 WM on a bear, (see my profile) instanly killed it graveyard dead without destroying the hide or too much meat.
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I like my .338 Win. I think major meat damage is mainly due to hydrostatic shock induced by high velocity. I think around 2700 fps is the magic number where you start blood shooting lots of meat. Get up around 3000-3200 and you get lots of blood sausage.
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Tks for your imput guys.

So you think that a flatter shooting 300RUM or WBY might be a bit much?

Just curious.

Oh and I use Premium Ammo reloads mostly
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I had a custom 308 Norma Magnum. The 338WM was easier on the shoulder. High velocity destroys meat on both ends.
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If I was in your shoes, I'd grab a good 338WM and not look back.
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I really think for smaller East coast Moose and bear a .300WM would be fine. I use a 7mmRM even out west on tougher game. Your bullet selection is more important. For both moose and bear hunting I also like the option of open sights just in case it gets up close and personnal. I don't mind getting as close as possible. That makes the hunt. If I were building a serious big game rifle, only 1 caliber comes to mind. 9.3x62. With a 200 yard zero, you could toss a Swift A-frame 250gr w/ a +2.5 at 100, and -4.3 at 250 yards. The 285..286gr are better at +2 and -4.4. It is a pure pile driver. Forget velocity for a minute.
You need to remember your $ constraints from your other thread. $1,000 or so. A .300WM barreled action is $515.00, stock..$100. Bases, rings, scope..$400.00 easy. Add $200.00 and you could really have a nice rig. My sons 6.5x55 is going to be almost $100.00 more than I thought. It would do the same as what you are asking of a rifle. Best of luck.
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jp, Isnt the 9.3x62 pretty close the the 35 Whalen? He could just rebarrel his current 30-06 if that is the case or rebarrel to the 9.3. I believe the 358 Norma Mag would also fit the 06 action. Of coure he just might want another gun.
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OK tks for all your input.

How does this sound?

.338 win mag vanguard with knoxx axiom stock to help with recoil.

that will give me lots to play with a decent scope...

And yeah I need to keep the 30-06.
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