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    300 or 308

    What advantages if any does a 300 winmag have over a 308.

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    knockdown power, ability to take higher weight bullets, flatter trajectory, longer reaching whilst retaining higher velocity, and of course, it sounds cool - LOL

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    I would say that for 'normal' stalking applications in the UK probably none...

    However, for pushing heavier weight bullets out to longer distances then there is a clear advantage in being less effected by sidewind and delivering more down range energy to the target animal.

    But as the vast majority on here disapprove of shooting deer beyond 200yds then I would expect to hear very few replies saying it is the better calibre for UK stalking over the 308.

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    I've never tried the .300 Winmag but I have tried the .308 and currently own a .30-06.

    I cannot see that the "Magnum" round would be of any benefit on deer here in the UK, unless you are of the "long-range-sniper" persuasion.... However, if you fancy a bit of wild boar shooting the big case has advantages, not the least of which is that you may use it in France (unlike the military derived .308 and .30-06) I gather it's a very popular choice there too... so ammo isn't too difficult to come by. I'm not sure how many retailers carry .300 Winmag on the shelf here though.

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    300 WM is louder, hotter (barrel burns out quicker), and has more recoil... plus ammo is quite a bit more expensive - though the 300wm is obviously better at range with heavier rounds. I'm also told 300WM would be suitable for Africa etc, and is apparently a cracking boar round. I've only ever shot one once and it was good fun but not for me.

    The .308 is a tried and tested UK stalking rifle, snipers use it so it must be ok, more is known about the ballistics of a .308 than any other round, it's cheap ammo-wise, not too harsh on the recoil side, and there's a range of ammo available. I've used .308 for target shooting for over 10 years and it's a nice round.

    Have you considered the 7mm-08 or 30-06? - both popular rounds for longer range stuff.

    I've got a 7mm-08 on order, but use a .243 for all of my stalking at the moment (roe, fallow, and the odd fox!). The 7mm-08 is goint to be my hill/boar rifle

    (here we go again!)

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    I disagree with saying 300wm would be better on boar (assuming driven hunt) as what you want for driven boar is large and slow, not fast. Many shots have to go through twigs and branches and fast bullet is not ideal, much better are slower 308, 8x57 or 9.2x62. I like my .308


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    This is for shooting abroad .

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    Quote Originally Posted by glogin View Post
    I disagree with saying 300wm would be better on boar (assuming driven hunt) as what you want for driven boar is large and slow, not fast. Many shots have to go through twigs and branches and fast bullet is not ideal, much better are slower 308, 8x57 or 9.2x62. I like my .308
    Who said it was "better"?

    Though, with 220 grain bulllets I'll bet it packs a fair bit more whump than your .308... and there are even heavier custom made bullets available that take the .300 Winmag right into the heavy and dangerous game class... Not that it would be my choice, but it definitely has advantages... especially abroad and particularly in France where your .308 (and my -06) is presently not legit on game.

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    Appart from being a 30cal. the two are differ greatly. Range, power, and recoil (fit a mod), the 300.wm will start to

    excell beyond 300 yds.

    Perhaps a happy medium would be a 30.06 (best of both worlds).
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    Quote Originally Posted by glogin View Post
    I disagree with saying 300wm would be better on boar (assuming driven hunt) as what you want for driven boar is large and slow, not fast. Many shots have to go through twigs and branches and fast bullet is not ideal, much better are slower 308, 8x57 or 9.2x62. I like my .308
    Don't know if I agree with that entirely. No doubt a 9.3x62 will get the job done, but I have seen a few, maybe six, boar shot with a 300WM. The 300 gets it done with a lot of authority. It puts boar down notably faster than a 30/06 in my small sample.
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