Looking for deer rifle... Good deal on a .300 win mag?

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by JjSharp, Sep 14, 2010.

  1. JjSharp

    JjSharp New Member

    So i put the word out at work that I was looking for a riflle (will be hunting deer/boar) and found a coworker with this for sale. I'm not very knowledgable on rifles or scopes.. This is the info he sent me remington mod 700 (300) win mag stain steel camo stock, Nikon scope 4x12x50 $650 total.. All rounds Touch at 200 yards... Says he paid $500 for rifle and $400 for scope.. Asking $650 for both..

    Considering this rifle is in good/decent shape does this deal sound right? Will this rifle get the job done?? From what I've read this sounds like a nice gun. Thanks for the help.

    IGETEVEN New Member

    Tell him you will give him $599 for the rifle and buy him dinner and a beer! ;)

    That stick will "get er done" anywhere in North America...probably South America too! :cool:

  3. Biohazard2

    Biohazard2 Active Member

    Not bad at all.
    Heavy Barrel?
    Shoot it and see if it fits & hits.
  4. Txhillbilly

    Txhillbilly Well-Known Member

    300WM is a great caliber for large game,but overkill on deer for the ranges most people hunt deer.
    The gun and scope are good choices,but be prepared for a gun that will have a decent amount of recoil-This is probably why your co-worker wants to sell it.
    I'm not trying to talk you out of it.
    I have shot the 300WM for years,and enjoy the advantages that the caliber offers for long ranges.
    The 300WM in a lighter weight rifle will have a good deal of recoil,and a lot of people don't shoot them very well if they aren't used to the recoil of a larger caliber rifle,and develop a flinch after shooting it.

    A 308 or 30/06 will do everything the 300WM will do,with a lot less recoil,for any hunting you are planning on doing out to 400-500yrds.
  5. JonM

    JonM Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

    my favorite rifle is my winchester mod 70 in 458 winmag. used to have a 300wm sold it as i didnt like the harsh sharp recoil. the 458 is more of a heavy push the 300 is more like a punch in the shoulder. its not a fun round to shoot for me. but hey thats just my opinion.
  6. skullcrusher

    skullcrusher New Member

    The 300WM is a true 1000 yard shooter. The recoil is pretty harsh, kinda kicks like a baby mule. If that is no issue to you, the deal on the rifle/scope combo is a very good deal. Not only will you be able to hunt deer, but you can use it for every large game animal in North America, South America, Africa...you get the point. Heck, for the price offered, you could buy it and sell it for probably $50-100 more...just thinking out loud.

    Then again, you could spend about $400 on a Marlin XL-7 in .270, .30-06, .308..on and on. Then get a $200 scope and have a set-up that you can use for deer, elk, caribou, moose...
  7. huffmanite

    huffmanite New Member

    rifle scope combo seems like a good buy. But as others have said, too much cartridge for whitetail deer hunting and recoil not pleasant.

    Happen to have a shooter at range this weekend shooting same cartridge two benchs from me. Bought a new rifle for elk hunting in New Mexico and was working on his reloads. Didn't take too many rounds before he questioned his wisdom on buying that caliber. Not the first time I'd heard someone at range admit regretting buying rifle in 300 Win Mag.

    Some general recoil stats on a few popular calibers for deer hunting compared to 300WM.

    7mm-08......12 to 12.5 lbs recoil

    308............16-18 lbs

    30-06.........18-20 lbs

    300 Win Mag 24-26 lbs
  8. mrm14

    mrm14 Active Member

    Last edited: Sep 15, 2010
  9. JjSharp

    JjSharp New Member

    Thanks for the input so far... I think I'm definetly going to shoot the 300 before I purchase it. When I hunted in my early teens I shot a 30-30 and 30-06. At age 15 used the 30-06 to harvest a bear but was so amped up I don't remember any recoil.
  10. spittinfire

    spittinfire Active Member Supporter

    I have to echo what others have said. It sounds like a good deal and 300 win mag is a great round but overkill for deer. Unless you have a need to reach out there I don't think you can go wrong with a 30-06 or a 308. Having said that, you may not be able to find the same deal in a different caliber.
    One question I would ask is why this guy wants to get rid of it.
  11. lonyaeger

    lonyaeger Active Member

    Because it IS such a good deal, have you thought about just buying the
    300WM and using it for long-distance bench shooting.....then getting something else for your hunting?
  12. WhipLash

    WhipLash New Member

    Don't also forget...

    Don't forget to look for the deer and pigs also. If you need a hunting buddy I am here in San Jose.
  13. furface

    furface New Member

    Like others have said the .300wm is overkill for deer.... but oh well...:D
    If the rifle is as acurate as you stated I would be all over it. There are ways to tame the recoil, using lighter 125 - 130g bullets will help. Seriously though take a look at the Knoxx recoil stocks. I have a .338wm with a Knoxx recoil stock. All kinds of ****z happen when you touch off that trigger, but it dont hurt at all.
  14. hunter Joe

    hunter Joe New Member

    IMHO everyone should own at least one 300 Win mag during their short lifetime. I had a Browning A Bolt with the Boss in 300 Win mag and took a bear with it in 2001. That freak'n bear was dead before it hit the ground. The 300 Win mag is one heck of a great round.

    I sold the gun to a buddy of mine as a long distance shooter and he's as happy as a pig in do do with it.

    I just love shooting those big bores, kind of a reality check in an odd way. By the way, if the rifle and scopes in good shape I believe it's a very fine deal. Good luck, Joe