.300 Win Mag. One rifle change bullets

Chuckchapman1

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I can only afford one rifle. What I wanna know is can I harvest everything in the lower 48 with a base caliber of .300 and just change bullet weight, tip, powder for anything from elk to Antelope by changing bullet. 180-190 grain for elk and a 150 grain for deer and antelope. I realize .300 is rather over kill for antelope but want a bigger cal for future bigger game.
 

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Would not hesitate to use 180 for all.
^This...keep things simple so you don't have to worry about changes in point of impact, trajectory, etc

EDIT: I know you said you were thinking 300WM so in standard internet fashion I will also suggest that you'd be equally capable of hunting everything in North America (save Musk Ox) with a classic cartridge like the 7x57, 270, 30-06 or 308...also a HuntTalk favorite the 7mm-08
 
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Yea that'll be fine. Instead of switching bullets though for different animals, just pick a quality bullet that will work for elk and use that for everything. Sure, a 180 grain Accubond is overkill for an antelope but I'd rather just shoot 1 bullet. Otherwise your zero might change and your bullet drop could change slightly between different bullets/powders, etc. Plenty of other calibers would be fine too but I'd still go with just 1 bullet.
 

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My late older brother, who taught me how to hunt, used 165 hornady bullets in his 300 win Model 70 for everything with great success.
 

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I brought a .300WM as my "everything" western gun when i moved to CO 8 years ago. After bouncing around between 150s for deer/antelope and 180s for elk, I've settled on 165gn Hornady GMX for everything the last four years and have been super satisfied with their performance on everything. I would expect the other monometals like Barnes or the Etips to perform similarly. I think a 165 monometal is a great all around option that you can count on for everything from elk to antelope. Plenty tough enough for elk, and I like how they tend to not wreck as much meat on smaller critters like antelope the way a lead-based option tends to.
 

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I brought a .300WM as my "everything" western gun when i moved to CO 8 years ago. After bouncing around between 150s for deer/antelope and 180s for elk, I've settled on 165gn Hornady GMX for everything the last four years and have been super satisfied with their performance on everything. I would expect the other monometals like Barnes or the Etips to perform similarly. I think a 165 monometal is a great all around option that you can count on for everything from elk to antelope. Plenty tough enough for elk, and I like how they tend to not wreck as much meat on smaller critters like antelope the way a lead-based option tends to.
This is very similar to what I have gone to.
 

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Sounds like a perfect cartridge to me! I personally have an '06 that's about the same thing. No issues with killing nearly any animal in the world.
 

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That cartridge will absolutely get it done. I spent my first twenty years big game hunting with just one rifle in 30-06. Find the rifle you like with a good scope and shoot often. There is a simplicity and efficiency to having one rifle. The only reason not to pick the .300 is if you are sensitive to recoil.
 

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That cartridge will absolutely get it done. I spent my first twenty years big game hunting with just one rifle in 30-06. Find the rifle you like with a good scope and shoot often. There is a simplicity and efficiency to having one rifle. The only reason not to pick the .300 is if you are sensitive to recoil.
As to recoil on mine.. Shooting at paper yes, but I have never noticed it much shooting at game luckily.
 

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My browning a bolt 3 in .300wm I feel kicks less than my old mossberg.270 I swear. It has a 26” barrel and a really nice pad on the stock which I think makes up the difference. The browning probably weighs less too which would hurt my kick less argument.
 

shaffe48

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When i had a .300, I found I needed a second lighter rifle just to get extra rounds in at the range. If you live where you shoot out your backyard, it's no big deal to go out and shoot 5 rounds to a time. But when you drive an hour to the nearest 2-400 yd range that don't work so easy.

For many people a .300 might not work as literally your only rifle.
 

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Like others have mentioned I'd stick with one bullet. I have a 300 and went through a lot of different ammo with the same mentality you have. Have reached a point where I will not switch back and forth.... I have gone on the heavier side and never looked back.
 

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I started thinking the same way last year. I made the change to one rifle, one bullet for all. I chose a 7mm rem mag, shooting 140gr barnes ttsx.
 

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Hard to beat a 180 grn nosler accubond in 300WinMag. Killed antelope, whitetails/muledeer/elk with that setup. However, if you don't reload real hard to beat a 7mm mag with 150 or 160 grn bullets.
 
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If i could only have one rifle it would be my 300 win mag. Right now Im shooting hornady 200gr ELD-x, it is a lot of bullet for our whitetails but I don't believe there is a thing as having too much gun if you can handle the recoil.
 

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'twas my thinking as well as a kid in HS when I bought my rifle. I still remember the Petersen's Hunting article I showed my father on the caliber. The local gunsmith had a Ruger M77, put a 2-7 Redfield on it and I've packed it ever since.
Thinking back, it has accounted for...

1 red fox
4 -Blacktail
2 - Mule deer
1 -Whitetail
2 - Antelope
8 - Elk

I'd say it's pretty versatile
 
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