300 RUM

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  1. BARTFRNCS

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    Whats the general opinion of this round from those who have used it on game?
     
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    Friend has one and he loves it. Claims the ballistics are better than the 300WM. He is a little guy and hunts everything with it. Personally, I have no idea.
     
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    It's a very strong caliber for big game. A lot of people love it because it shoots a 30 cal. bullet very flat, very fast and kills game quickly. It does have a lot of recoil and noise to me. Good for most plains game and North American game or sheep hunting in the many other spots around the world.
     
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    If a guy can shoot it without shutting his eyes, jerking the trigger and flinching....

    Same with .300 Wby, same with .300 Win Mag and the short mags.

    I am a fan of shooting the boomer cartridges as long as a guy can still hit with them. I love my .300 Wby and the .300 RUM is a shade hotter.
     
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    Its an ok cartridge, just like all the 30 cal magnums. It excels a little on the heavier bullets over the weatherby and win but not really on the 180gr and down. When I shot one we had when they first came out through the chrono with factory ammo it was the same or within 15fps of the 300 weatherby we had with the 180s. I never did reload the 300RUM, so hand loading with different powders my produce a little more fps, and the newer factory ammo my be slightly faster then the old but for me I still prefer the Weatherby and even the Winchester.
     
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    Had one, keyword is had. That was the hardest kicking rifle I've shot and was certainly the source of my caution when I first shot my .375 H&H. I'd much rather shoot the .375. A friend of mine has the .300 RUM and near as I can tell it is a killing machine. We both shot the same load, don't remember the recipe, but it was accurate.

    The recoil was just more than I wanted to deal with. Shoot it with a muzzle brake and it's certainly tolerable but if you don't have hearing protection in, you're ears will be ringing for hours. Ask me how I know.
     
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    I have one... I love it, I don't think the recoil is all that bad... the effect it has on game is fairly spectacular... It shines in the long range department, It has more power at 400 yards than a 30-6 does at the muzzle... Mine has a removable break on it, I did that so I can shoot it with the break on here in the states, and when I go to Africa or Alaska where I am hunting with a guide I can take it off. On my rifle the POI doesn't really change that much... I still re-zero. I have never noticed the recoil when I was shooting at game... Given I am not a real big guy... 5'10'' 180lbs...
     
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    I have a Remington 700 Sendero with Jewell trigger and stock work, Flat shooting loves Retumba and 200 grains. ELk to Whitetail I use it, it is heavy barrel gun and large scope so that does offset the kick a little, it will bump ya but in THIS gun just heavy push. IF you have shot opportunity 500 yards and out it is the ticket. Better reload as pricey ammo
     
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    Great round IMO, used one in Bots and both my 14 year old grand daughter and I had one shot kills on everything except 1 eland that took two to be sure, very flat shooting and accurate. I don't find the recoil to be a problem with the right rifle
     
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    Hello, I have a 300 Winchester Magnum; What difference in speed and energy between both cartridges with the same tip and barrel length?


    Oscar
     
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    I love the 300 RUM, I have it sighted in at 3" high at 100 yards.......
    Just hold dead on at 400 yd and bam !!!!!!!!!!!!
     
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    I absolutely love this caliber. I would suggest putting some weight into the stock and the barrel. A removable break and a thirty oz. trigger is the ticket. I consider this a long range rig when I know I might have to go the distance. 150 grains and this thing is just point and shoot up to 400 yards.
    Gotta have a big scope to truly get the most the most out of it.
     
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    I have a couple of rifles in the caliber and although I don't use them a whole lot, I am a big fan. This is the most efficient of the "fast 30" chamberings. You get more out of the expenditure of powder with this one than any other. In the best case scenario, it actually has more energy at 500 yards than a 30.06 does at the muzzle... that is a huge statement and would be quite impressive even if the claimed distance was cut in half!

    My favorite load is a 200 grain Nosler Accubond that I shoot from a very accurate Remington Model 700 LSS rifle. With the Leupold CDS scope I can dial out to 850 yards with great accuracy and deliver plenty of energy for almost anything I hunt.

    It's pretty bad medicine in a 30 cal. You pretty much have to go up to the 30.378 to top it, and there's a big waste of powder and recoil there in my opinion.
     
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    My opinion is that the rum needs a 26 in barrel to have anything meaningful over the win. mag. especially if you are a reloader.
     
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    Many times I thought I should have followed saving money to buy a rifle cartridge 300 RUM . And now having a 300 Winchester Magnum rifle I sometimes feel that I was wrong and should have opted for the 300 RUM .

    Óscar.
     
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    I'm not one to believe that all cartridge development stopped with the 30-06 and 375H&H. But after reloading and owning a chronograph there is not as much gain as the cartridge companies would like you to believe. The old saying figures don't lie but liars figure is very true when it comes to a lot of claimed velocity gains.
     
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    So I have not missed my decision.
     
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    If as you stated in another thread you're holding your shots to 400 yards or less, you're not going to have a problem with the .300 Win Mag and your decision is fine. The .300RUM's speed advantage does not in my mind become an advantage until at least the shot distance has gone to beyond 400 yards.
     
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    Thank you, really I will not throw or 400 meters but I'm always obsessed with having the most and the 300 Winchester Magnum sometimes seems obsolete outweighed by other 300s.

    Óscar
     
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    I have a 300 win mag in an A-Bolt that is light, accurate and easy to live with unless you are an elk, moose, caribou, red stag, tahr, etc. and the recoil is ok. An ex-hunting buddy insisted on getting the 300 RUM. In the end he just wasn't experienced enough to manage the recoil and the rifle was a lot heavier than mine to boot. On game I noticed that his caribou died just like mine did. He ended up putting a brake on it which I insisted he not use when hunting with me after he fired the rifle once when I was nearby and without hearing protection. We don't hunt together anymore. He was too terrified of the rifle to hunt without it and I like my hearing. I shot it and man it does kick hard and very sharply but it's not impossible to tame. The weight and power overkill was more of an issue than anything for me.

    I think the 300 RUM is a powerful and useful tool for bigger game at longer range. Just recognize there are trade offs in weight, recoil, etc. For me, they don't compute and I'm sticking with what I have.
     

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