300 Weatherby Or 300 Win

Discussion in 'Center Fire' started by BlackIce, Jul 19, 2004.

  1. BlackIce

    BlackIce Member

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    Which is the better round?......

    I know the WBY cost more than the Win but my local gun shop is recommending the 300 Wby over the 300 Win..... due to the fact that I will be getting a .270 in a few years....

    This will be my first rifle for Michigan and Out West Hunts....... a universal round in fact.

    I trust what my gunshop lets me..... my family has bought many a gun from him...... but I am also need community experience on it also!!!!!

    Beside the price..... any down falls to the 300 WBY?
     
  2. Anonymous

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    Ability to purchase ammo can be a factor. 300 Win mag is much more common and less expensive. The Weatherby also recoils more due to increased velocity and often uses a 26" barrel rather than the 24" of most "standard" magnums if length is important to you.
     

  3. Burnt Powder

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    The .300 Weatherby is like all the rest of the Weatherby chamberings. Too much in my opinion! Lots of wannabe hunters buy a death ray Weatherby expecting a nick in the hamstring to be instant death! NOT. You still got to learn to shoot it and shoot it well. That will test your mettel with the .300 Weatherby! Not all that much more effective than the .300 win in my opinion, but I'm a .270, 35 Whelen kind of guy. Yes, I do have a .300 Winchester, I won it in a point deal on a sales program. I'd have never paid good money for one! Other than the big bears and maybe a moose or huge elk it just isn't necessary. I'd rather have a .338 winchester than a 300 Weatherby, especially if you are expecting to get a .270 in the forseeable future.

    BP
     
  4. markIVbigblock

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    300 win mag or 300 wby is a bit much for deer here in michigan id suggest a nice .270 or a .308 or the almighty 30-06 all 3 are very versatile and you can get loads that arent overkill on deer just my .02

    Aaron
     
  5. mountainview

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    BIce, curious as to why the shop recommended that you get the 300WBY since you will be getting a 270 in the future? The 300 Mag is a whole lot closer to the Wby than the 270 IMO.

    Also even though you and yours have bought many firearms from the shop, it is a good idea to check around from time to time. I have seen, more than once, where long time buyers at a particular establishment were consistently being steered towards higher priced/profit margin items when the buyer could have gotten by as well or better with the less expensive option. Why? Because they completely trusted the particular shop and the owner knew it and used it to his/her advantage. Is this evil? Hard to say as the owner is in business to make a profit and no profit = no business/livelihood.

    You did not note what you'd be hunting out west, but if it is elk and above, either 300 should do the job. You may want to try both out to verify recoil is not an issue before making a purchase. As noted above the Wby will recoil more though not too many people I talked to say they enjoy shooting buckets of 300 Win Mag ammo either. For mule deer and antelope and even white tail my sub 300 firearms are more than adequate if I do my job. Plus the cost of non Wby ammo permits me far more range time than a Wby caliber would.

    Safe shooting.
     
  6. wwb

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    If it's really a universal round you're looking for, try an '06 ---- it'll do anything you ask of it on the North American continent. It'll take down an Elk farther than you're capable of shooting. The MonsterBlastMagnum calibers won't compensate for a poor hit.
     
  7. 8pointduck

    8pointduck Super Member

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    If you are still dead set on a .300 after all this advice them I will have to say the 300 win mag.
     
  8. BlackIce

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    The whole point at this time is to get a (Universial) Cartridge for the time being for Big Game and Medium Game..... A .270 is the ultimate Michigan rifle....... But since funds are low and I need a rifle for big game this year.. the .300 was the most versitile cartridge. Hop it up and slow it down!!!! That is my reason for a .300.... My local gun shop recommended the Weatherby for the added Ballistics... over the .300 Win.... and he says is better that the .300 Ultra....

    I will be getting a .270 in the future..... but in the time being i'll be hunting Bear, Elk, & Caribou.....
     
  9. gwp4ever

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    Have you looked at the WSM's? The .270 WSM would be perfect for what you are describing.
     
  10. stinkfoot

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    To much gun. Calibers in the .24 to .30 (30-06) range are a better choice. My brother owns a .260 Rem and finds it does all it is asked very well. Unless one has big bears in mind, or just plain likes magnums, the 30-06 is the biggest caliber I would consider for anything in the lower 48... ( and it is even a bit much in my humble opinion.)
     
  11. Brocksdad

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    If you don't reload, it's almost crazy to purchase a Weatherby chambered gun.

    If you do reload, it's not bad.

    Rob
     
  12. joedapro

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    i recommend the weatherby, then i say with the money you want to spend on the 270 and its scope, reload. you can reload from 110 gr 30 carbine plinking loads to 250 grain whoomp loads that will kill anything that walks in north america, probally the world. the 300 weatherby is the true 1 gun does it all rifle. (i have 2). also splurge and get the mark 5 action. you will not regret it and any other rifle will pale by comparison.