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    Hi everyone,

    I am booked in to do a plains game hunt next year just wondering what callibers people are using. My main animals will be kudu zebra eland springbuck gemsbok and so on. I want to get a 300 win mag but the gun i am after i am having trouble getting it. There is a 325 wsm in the same make of rifle that i like but would like to know what people think of the 325 over the 300. And is the ammo for the 325 easy to get over in Africa (Namibia) just incase things go missing in transit.
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    I own both calibers and both are in Browning A Bolts. I like both calibers, I won the 325 WSM at SCI show. The 300 Win Mag components are popular everywhere and the 325 WSM components are not. I would honestly go with the 300 Win Mag in a heavy bullet, that has been my main gun in Africa and it has never let me down.

    I would recommend the 338 Win Mag over the 325 WSM, that is another caliber I own and I think it would be a awesome gun for large plains game. Again the 338 Win Mag is more popular than the 325 WSM.

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    This should help begin to answer one of your questions.


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    Quote Originally Posted by enysse View Post
    I own both calibers and both are in Browning A Bolts. I like both calibers, I won the 325 WSM at SCI show. The 300 Win Mag components are popular everywhere and the 325 WSM components are not. I would honestly go with the 300 Win Mag in a heavy bullet, that has been my main gun in Africa and it has never let me down.

    I would recommend the 338 Win Mag over the 325 WSM, that is another caliber I own and I think it would be a awesome gun for large plains game. Again the 338 Win Mag is more popular than the 325 WSM.
    honest helpful tip and one worth remembering thanks enysee

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    Thanks bluey, the 325 WSM is very similar to the 8mm Rem Mag, which was a favorite of Boddington's at one time. I looked around last week for brass or bullets for the 8mm Rem Mag and there was slim pickings. It's a effective caliber, the masses just didn't care for it. It goes back to the .243 Win versus the 6mm, they are the same but the .243 Win is at least 10 times more popular.

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    yeah I had never heard of it until 2 or 3 years ago ,quite a few houndsmen over here are starting to really go for it generally in a browning lever action , and it seems that its becoming more and more popular.
    im hearing you on the classic calibre , which also the in betweeners are starting to kick in around here aswell.
    from the little ive seen of the 325 short its very effective on our deer .im told its got a lot to do with the ultra slow burning powders that are now available for the reloading
    but I will be sticking to my 30.06 for hound hunting .

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    Thankyou for the quivk replys, looks like I will be sticking with the 300 win mag. Ive always liked them just the 325 is starting to take off over here mainly for the deer hunting.

    Looking forward to experiencing Namibia can't wait
    Cheers Clint

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    Good luck Clint, a lot of resident hunters in Namibia have the 300 Win Mag.

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    What it really boils down To is that the .300win mag will do everything the .325 will do. Bullets are available up to 230 grains. Great availability of ammo almost everywhere. Probably 10 times the selection of bullets if you reload. In fact probably about the same for loaded ammo choices. The .300 will easily harvest all of the animals on your list if you do your part. Good luck. Bruce

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    A lot of it comes down to popularity and availability.

    I would never say a bad thing about the .325 WSM or 8mm Rem Mag, but the fact of the matter the 300 Win Mag is probably 10x more popular. I think the .325 WSM is better but all the little advantages are taken away with less availability to get ammo or bullet selection for that matter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by enysse View Post
    A lot of it comes down to popularity and availability.

    I would never say a bad thing about the .325 WSM or 8mm Rem Mag, but the fact of the matter the 300 Win Mag is probably 10x more popular. I think the .325 WSM is better but all the little advantages are taken away with less availability to get ammo or bullet selection for that matter.
    Ditto. All mentioned calibers a fine. Just get the one you want.... If you want the 300 win, then wait for it/order it, and enjoy the hunt...
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