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300 Win Mag

Post by gspkimber » Sat Jan 23, 2010 11:58 am

Anyone ever taken an Antelope with a 300 Win Mag? If so how was it. What grain did you use and was it too much for the animal? Please give me some advice.

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Re: 300 Win Mag

Post by gspkimber » Sat Jan 23, 2010 12:01 pm

Would a 150 grain Spitzer do it?

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Re: 300 Win Mag

Post by lightonthebay » Sat Jan 23, 2010 12:18 pm

Yes. 150 gr spitzer would give you a nice flat trajectory with likely stability.

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Re: 300 Win Mag

Post by kninebirddog » Sat Jan 23, 2010 12:37 pm

With a smaller animal like the pronghorn the 300 might be just a hue over kill BUT...I took my first one with a 300 and stayed with the 180 gr as those are what performed the best with my rifle and I was already comfortable with and sighted in for and got very nice piercing performance with out causing major damage as the guy we were hunting with also had a 300 but he used a lighter load blew a big hole in his speed goat.

the next year we went back and I took my 6mm with 100gr rem core lockts ...that would be very similar to the 243

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Re: 300 Win Mag

Post by knowlzy1824 » Sun Jan 24, 2010 11:26 am

I have hunted them twice now both with a bow and to me I think the 300 is a large round for this animal. It will def. do the trick but you run the risk of scrapping quite a bit of meat for they are pretty slim and lean animals. Just my thoughts, a round that you may want to look into which is one of my favorites is the 25/06. Good luck with your hunt.

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Re: 300 Win Mag

Post by nitrex » Sun Jan 24, 2010 10:46 pm

i"ve shot many antelope with a 300 Weatherby Mag using 180gr. Nosler Partition rounds. Punches a hole right throught 'em with minimal damage to the meat. I used the same round on Mule deer and elk in Colorado for years. I say go for it and use a round that performs well for your rifle.

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Re: 300 Win Mag

Post by SeniorCoot » Mon Jan 25, 2010 7:04 am

Wow Talk about over kill- I love my 300WM and it's been my go to gun for 20yrs in AK and now out west in US. BUT for speed goats i use my Ruger#1 in .243- plenty of kill and flat shooting- you can sure kill them with 300 but I'd use smallest bullet you can load. Most guys in our camp use a .253 or a 25/06 or similar gun.

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Re: 300 Win Mag

Post by lightonthebay » Mon Jan 25, 2010 7:46 am

nitrex wrote:i"ve shot many antelope with a 300 Weatherby Mag using 180gr. Nosler Partition rounds. Punches a hole right throught 'em with minimal damage to the meat. I used the same round on Mule deer and elk in Colorado for years. I say go for it and use a round that performs well for your rifle.

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Nitrex and Knine, that's my experience too. It is bullet construction and velocity, not caliber, that causes damage. Often larger calibers have thicker jackets for the larger critters and therefore will produce less damage on small critters than a smaller, lightly constructed bullet. As an example, I shot a mule deer doe at a little over 500 yards with a .50 BMG and the doe walked about 20 yards before she layed down to die -- straight in-straight out-no expansion. The .300 is more than you need but if it is not causing you to flinch and you don't mind spending the extra money on powder then use it. It is a relatively flat shooter compared to many other choices.
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Re: 300 Win Mag

Post by gspkimber » Mon Jan 25, 2010 11:09 am

Thanks again. It is all useful advice!

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Re: 300 Win Mag

Post by Greg Jennings » Mon Jan 25, 2010 9:13 pm

Use the 180's. Get a broadside shot. Avoid the shoulder. Get a double lung. Bet the speed goat will turn a flip.

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Re: 300 Win Mag

Post by tdhusker » Wed Jan 27, 2010 9:16 am

There's nothing wrong with using a .300 or .338 or whatever you want. Just use a bonded core bullet that is stout and it won't tear the animal up any worse than a .243. You'll want to avoid shooting shoulder blades, obviously. For a .300 win I would strongly suggest a 165 Hornady bonded core or similar bullet. I think the Nosler equivalent is a Accubond. Personally, I stick with the 165's for deer and goat, 180's for elk but wouldn't hesitate to use the 165 on elk anymore. They are a very good bullet. If you look at your trajectory charts, I believe the 165 will shoot flatter than the 150.

I've shot goats with a .338 too, with very good results. It's bullet consruction and distance from the animal (bullet velocity at impact) that determine if you're going to have too much bloodshot meat. Caliber doesn't have much to do with it, in my experience. Now, if I am using my .300 RUM with a 165g scooting along at 3400 fps muzzle velocity, I am not going to shoot any small animal at 50 yds if I can avoid it. I think velocity is the real meat-wrecker.

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Re: 300 Win Mag

Post by Shadow » Wed Jan 27, 2010 9:20 am

why not- I've got a Browning A Bolt Gold .338 WM with the Boss- consider it way overkill for things in the lower 48- if a coyote was out there I'd take a shot- think unless you hit a major bone there would just be a small hole

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