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    300WM for UK SIKA ?

    I have been offered a great deal on a 300WM barrel, for my M03. Question - useful addition? - buy or avoid?

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    Something the same but different.
    I have a Blaser .300 Win Mag that I use in Africa with great success.
    When I got my Sika ground I used my .300 before getting a .308.
    IMO nothing wrong with using .300 on Sika.

    Regards

    Davie
    Quote Originally Posted by Jollypoacher View Post
    I have been offered a great deal on a 300WM barrel, for my M03. Question - useful addition? - buy or avoid?

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    it will kill them, but so will a 243...

    point I am makings that as a suitable calibre for Sika, I would say it is but have never used one. however, given the same bullets are available for it as I use in my 308, then it would be a good choice. especially if some of the distances are long for the shots and you want to use something like a 180grn.

    if someone turned up to shoot rutting Sika stags with me and said they had 2 rifles to pick from, a 243 and a 300Win Mag, I would always suggest they brought the win mag...

    Dont know if that helps one bit...
    Last edited by jamross65; 21-09-2012 at 09:26.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jollypoacher View Post
    I have been offered a great deal on a 300WM barrel, for my M03. Question - useful addition? - buy or avoid?
    I have one on my Mo3 already, I guess it depends how good a deal it is and what your first barrel is ?

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    Totally agree as far as getting out to a distance.
    I hunt in the North Karoo which it totally flat and an average shot is in excess of 250+yards.
    I think .300 WM it is a great calibre.

    Regards

    DavieH



    Quote Originally Posted by jamross65 View Post
    it will kill them, but so will a 243...

    point I am makings that as a suitable calibre for Sika, I would say it is but have never used one. however, given the same bullets are available for it as I use in my 308, then it would be a good choice. especially if some of the distances are long for the shots and you want to use something like a 180grn.

    if someone turned up to shoot rutting Sika stags with me and said they had 2 rifles to pick from, a 243 and a 300Win Mag, I would always suggest they brought the win mag...

    Dont know if that helps one bit...

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    I saw a few boar shot with 300win mags a couple of years ago, and a few shot with 30/06's. The Win mag seemed to put them down quicker than the 30/06 as far as I could see.

    Ref the Sika, the 300 will get it done for sure. If you think it is a bit much, you can always down load a little to match 30/06 numbers.
    Brian.

    Just because you are paranoid, doesn't mean they aren't out to get you......

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    Aha! 300 WM is a great all around calibre for the UK if you can ue reloaded ammunition OR get Remington or similar "Managed Recoil" ammunition if you don' reload. As it comes in the factory full power offering it is over powerful.

    Now, whilst you can't kill any deader than dead, so in that sense it does its job you can get raised eyebrows AND legitimate concerns about damaged meat. But yes with 180 grain bullet it will be far better than any and all 308 Winchester rifles.

    In real terms though won't offer much, with correct bullet in that 175 or 180 grain range, over a 30-06 or, say, 7mm Remington Magnum. Use on wild boar or elk etc possibly excepted.

    Me? How much is the barrel? If at "fire sale" price then yes, it is a good idea, if it doesn't already effectively duplicate a calibre barrel you already posses. Beacuse, of course, inevitably you'll be needing another 'scope and if you reload dies, cases, etc., etc. What seems like a "good deal" might have an add on cost!

    Out of interest and to help you what calibre barrels do you currently have on your rifle?

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    Just returned from Africa where I used my .300WM loaded with 165g Nosler Accubonds to take Blesbok, Impala, Warthog, Kudu, Springbok, Mountain Reedbuck and Bushbuck out to 300 yards. All one shot kills and all fell close to where they stood. Also taken Red and Fallow in UK using 165g Sierra Gamekings.

    Very accurate calibre and most seem to shoot several bullet/powder combinations well.

    In my opinion .300WM is a fantastic calibre.

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    Seven positive responces in a row. Thanks all. Will consult the FEO.

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    I have shot 12 rutting Sika stags with a .243 and been on my hands and knees looking for about 9 of them and sometimes needed a dogs assistance also. I recommend shooting them high shoulder with .243. I have just ordered a 7mm08 because I think the .243 is a bit under gunned for Sika stags.

    Quote Originally Posted by jamross65 View Post
    it will kill them, but so will a 243...

    point I am makings that as a suitable calibre for Sika, I would say it is but have never used one. however, given the same bullets are available for it as I use in my 308, then it would be a good choice. especially if some of the distances are long for the shots and you want to use something like a 180grn.

    if someone turned up to shoot rutting Sika stags with me and said they had 2 rifles to pick from, a 243 and a 300Win Mag, I would always suggest they brought the win mag...

    Dont know if that helps one bit...

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