Remington 700 XHR 300 WM

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by shadomunkey, Sep 16, 2011.

  1. shadomunkey

    shadomunkey New Member

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    I have recently purchased a Remington 700 XHR 300WM rifle.
    I haven't had an opportunity to shoot it yet, and was looking for some advice on ammo and accessories. I have a pretty good Nikon 3x18 scope, but I'm gonna need a bi-pod. Most of the ammo at our local Gander Mountain seems to be 150 grain, unless you go for the $65/box stuff.

    Also, up until now, the largest caliber rifle I've shot was probably that M-60 I played with back in the late 70's.
    Anything I should know before I squeeze the trigger?
     
  2. mrm14

    mrm14 Active Member

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    The 300 Win. Mag. in a hunting rifle configuration has a considerable bit more of felt recoil compaired to .308 Win. or 30-06. If your going to use it for hunting, and only squeeze a few shots off a year you should be fine. However, if you intend to target shoot it on a regualr basis (60 to 80 rounds in each shooting session) you could consider a muzzel brake and a better recoil pad than the factory has on it. You may also consider a better trigger, if target shooting, such as a Timney or Jewell. Also barrel life is about 1200 to 1500 rounds tops.

    I've just shot out the Krieger barrel on my 300 WM target rifle and am having the Melonite process done to the new barrel. They say it doubles the barrel life.

    For ammunition I've reloaded my own using the Berger # 30419 210gr. BTHP bullets, however, I have had good luck with the factory Black Hills 190 gr. target ammunition. They are using the 190 grain Sierra Match King bullet in the Black Hills ammo. For hunting the 180 grain AccuBond bullet appears to works good.

    For the bi-pod I am using the Harris BRS type which connects to the QD stud on the factory forestock. I will be using the Atlas BT-10 bi-pod soon which will require about a 2" piece if Picatinny rail mounted to forestock. Regardless try to keep your bi-pod height as low as you can for accuracy. I also use a couple of different TAB Gear rear bags for supporting the butt of the stock while in unsupported prone off of bi-pod. You may also want to consider a cheek weld pad or a logger head mod done to yout stock for improved cheek support while using a scope.
     
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  3. shadomunkey

    shadomunkey New Member

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    Yes, this will be a hunting rifle.
    Probably only go through a box or two a year.

    I was also considering using a "shooting stick" instead of having a bipod attached all the time.
    I've never used one of those, so if anyone has,
    please let me know what you think.
     
  4. Wambli

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    What are you hunting and at what distances?
     
  5. shadomunkey

    shadomunkey New Member

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    Right now, I'm just hunting deer, mostly 500 yards and in.

    The plan is to move out west, where I'll be after larger Elks and such critters, at 600 yards or better.
     
  6. Wambli

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    As a general rule 150 is great for deer, antelope and smaller, and 180 for elk, bear, moose etc. .300 WinMag is a wonderful cartridge with a lot of versatility built in. One thing though the distances you are mentioning 500-600 and longer are NOT for the faint of heart. Once you go over 300-400 yards all sort of goofy stuff starts affecting your ability to stay on target. I'm not saying it's not realistic, just saying that you have to practice a LOT and know your rifle and ammo VERY well to make ethical kills at those distances.
     
  7. Wambli

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    I've yet to find one hunting situation in which a bipod came in handy except for varmint shooting from a bench or truck hood. Shooting sticks are interesting but you are better off learning to shoot from the classic field positions like prone, seated etc.

    The .300 will come back at you pretty quick so make sure the scope is mounted at the longest eye relief possible and shoot the gun a few times standing up so you can get used to the recoil before you head for the bench. Make sure you snug it up to the shoulder before touching it off. It's not a monster like my light .338 WinMag but it will leave you with some interesting scope induced scars if you crawl up on it to much.
     
  8. shadomunkey

    shadomunkey New Member

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    Thanks for all the replies and the info.

    Back when I wore green clothes, and marched in a straight line, I was pretty good with a rifle. They even gave me medals for it.
    That being said, I'm not as steady as I once was. Thus the thought of a bipod.
    200 yards or less, I'm still dead on in either the prone, kneeling, or sitting position, but, I've become a bit shaky going longer distances or standing.

    Anyway, thanks again!
     
  9. Wambli

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    I understand, my comments had nothing to do with your abilities as much as the actual usability of attached bipods in field conditions. I find them to be added weight that is just not justifiable by actual field us. I prefer resting my rifle on my backpack and I have had some experience with shooting sticks and I think they are a lot more user friendly thatn bipods so I would probably go that route if I needed that type of rest for my hunting conditions.

    Thanks for your service and great hunting!
     
  10. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    my suggestion would be to reload your own ammo for this beast. you will be able to fine tune loads that will take advantage of the accuracy that rifle can achieve. plus on my own magnum rifles, i have found that my reloads are more accurate and have less felt recoil than the factory ammo. plus to be able to shoot the distances that you might hunt in, means lots of trigger time and at $65 a box for premium ammo, it's going to be expensive to shoot that rifle. just my suggestion, enjoy that nice rifle.
     
  11. shadomunkey

    shadomunkey New Member

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    Yea, that's my main concern. An extra pound to my rifle doesn't really appeal to me, especially, as well balanced as this weapon is without it.
    I may just go the shooting stick way. Sure, I'll still have to carry it, but, I gotta have my knives and such anyway, so.....
     
  12. jpattersonnh

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    I'm at a loss for words here, I know that is odd. You have a Nikon scope, not mounted. You are looking at 500 yards or less and thinking of moving west. Are you serious! My best success on Elk was in Colorado in the early '80's useing a 12ga bolt gun. 35 yards was the norm. I moved back east and then moved to the North country. Sold the 12ga and bought a 1916 GEW98 that was sportered and had a receiver sight. Moved up to a 7mm Rem Mag, I was going to be the ultimite Deer/ Elk/ Bear slayer. It was not fun any more. I still own the 7mm Rem Mag, but it only comes out on certain occasions. I enjoy the hunt for what it is. It is not a long range pissing contest. 400 yards, I'm good with that if it is the last chance. Normally, 200 yards or less. I'm not the great white hunter, never will be. But, I'll have fun, enjoy the day, and put meat on the table. I really like waterfowl hunting better. Drink Coffee, smoke, BS with friends and unload when they fly in.
     
  13. shadomunkey

    shadomunkey New Member

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    Actually, the scope is mounted.
    And, the critters here must be a bit more skittish than the ones in CO.
    If I'm 35 yards from one of these whitetails, it's because it jumped out in front of my truck.
    I do prefer bird hunting though. The grouse and turkey around here are pretty challenging.