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Considering a purchase of Browning X bolt 300 Win Mag for elk hunting.  Have been using Browning A bolt 30-06 with no issues.  Thoughts? 
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ive used both on elk and yes they both work the .300win just kills them extra dead.
on a side note i still own a .300win mag, and just bought a .300wby
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If I had a 3006 that worked fine for elk I probably wouldn't buy a 300 win.  It doesn't make a whole lot of sense unless you  just have your mind set on a 300 win.  I'd probably get a 338 win if I was looking to get get a more powerful caliber.
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Basically, what one will do, the other will do until you stretch shot distance.  .300 just does it while shooting flatter and carrying more energy further out.
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If you want a 300 Win mag ..it'll get it the job done ,, but if the elk thing is the real reason for this rifle .. I agree with ck ...go with a 338 win mag
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wyoming desert elk taken by my dad with a .300win mag a few years ago. he wouldnt have taken the shot with his 30-06, good thing he has my .300 in his possession right now.



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 If you want to move up to the 200gr bullets the .300 magnums will give you definite boost in energy otherwise I'd go up in bullet diameter.  OR take your .30-06 and go kill elk!
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While there really isn't a whole lot of difference between the .300win and the 30-06, I see no reason not to own both.

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The Browning X-Bolt  looks (and feels) like a sweet rifle.  Haven't owned one, though, which is the real acid test.  The 26-inch barrel they are putting on the .300 and .338 magnums is just a little too long for my taste.
 
 The .338 is probably a better choice, as suggested (unless you just want to collect a variety of .30 caliber rifles)!    The .338 will do the job nicely, and expand your capabilities to include brown bear as well as elk.  You can load it to different velocities with lots of different bullet choices and weights, depending upon the game you are hunting.
 
If you really like your .30-06, you might think about trying Hornady's new Superformance ammunition for the relatively few rounds you will be sending downrange at elk.
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You could always go with a Sako 85 Kodiak in .338 WM. I believe it's barrel is about 21.5".
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Originally posted by Longhunter Longhunter wrote:

The Browning X-Bolt  looks (and feels) like a sweet rifle.  Haven't owned one, though, which is the real acid test.  The 26-inch barrel they are putting on the .300 and .338 magnums is just a little too long for my taste.
 
 The .338 is probably a better choice, as suggested (unless you just want to collect a variety of .30 caliber rifles)!    The .338 will do the job nicely, and expand your capabilities to include brown bear as well as elk.  You can load it to different velocities with lots of different bullet choices and weights, depending upon the game you are hunting.
 
If you really like your .30-06, you might think about trying Hornady's new Superformance ammunition for the relatively few rounds you will be sending downrange at elk.

 my .300wby will shoot a 220gr bullet just as fast as a .338win will, and if i could get a 250gr .308 bullet im sure it would be in the same ball park too. the .338 means more recoil than the .300 does.
the .308 bullets also will have a higher b.c for long range retention.
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I love my 300 WM.  I shoot a 190 gr bullet.  I knocked down my elk at 430 yards this year with it.  Double lung.  Dropped him like a hammer.

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In my time guiding, the most common gun I saw was 30-06.  Second was the 300 WM.  Third was the 338.  Most guys used the 30-06 because of the recoil.  If you can't shoot the gun, you won't hit the elk.  The 300s aren't for everyone, but it would be my #1 recommendation for an elk gun.  Then the 338.
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I sadly sold my 300 Win Mag a few years ago................I owe myself one.   Bucky   
 
I have two 30-06s right now.  But we all need a 300 Winchester!    Whatever
 
 
 
 
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 "The 300s aren't for everyone"
 
  Your right,although I've shot a few .30-06's that were worse than my .300.  One in particular was a Parker-Hale 1200.
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True.  Some of those light weight guns can be worse.  My 270 is one like that, but still not as hard hitting as my 300 with the heavy bullets.
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  The Parker-Hale wasn't light it was the stock design. It had a VERY HIGH Monte Carlo that  just wanted to smack you in the cheek every time.
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My 300 Winchester was an XTR sporter that used to smack you in the face. I had it restocked with a classic style stock with a long length of pull.  It weighed about 8 pounds naked with no scope.  I put a 4X scope on it and it shot like an 06. 
 
I don't want any featherweights in a 300 Magnum.  
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  Of course I can't speak for all brands composite stocks but the Brown Precision on my .300 tames the recoil VERY WELL.  Right now w/a 4X Conquest,sling,and 2 in the mag it goes 7lbs 9ozs.  Everyone whose ever shot it likes it. 
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I shot this cow with a 270 win and 150 grain nosler partitions using RL22.


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I was once asking the same Question that you are. I got ahold of Kenny Jarret(One of the best gunmakers in the country) and ask him what caliber to get for a all around big game gun  for North America. He answered the 300 win mag. It will do the job on about anything( might go to a 338 or 375 for Alaskan Brown Bear) I love the caliber and the 180 grain nosler partician bullets. I don't think you can go wrong!
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whatever one you chose will be a good one unless u don't get  the right shot place meant.
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Originally posted by johnnyo johnnyo wrote:

I was once asking the same Question that you are. I got ahold of Kenny Jarret(One of the best gunmakers in the country) and ask him what caliber to get for a all around big game gun  for North America. He answered the 300 win mag. It will do the job on about anything( might go to a 338 or 375 for Alaskan Brown Bear) I love the caliber and the 180 grain nosler partician bullets. I don't think you can go wrong!
 
Agreed.  I think you'd be hard pressed to find a better "all around, do anything" North American big game round than the .300 Win Mag.  For Alaska, .338 is probably a better choice, and would also make an excellent "all-around" cartridge if you're willing to live with extra recoil where it isn't really necessary.  The .30-06 and 7 Mag will ably fill the "do-it-all-in-North America" role as well if the big bears aren't on the menu (even though they'd certainly work fine in many instances).
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