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I thought the 270 and the 300 were a bit of overlap...

I suppose the .270 and .300 are kinda close, but the .270 with a 130 gr bullet is brilliant for NA antelope and deer. The .300 works for everything else.
The .270 barrel will also be the next step up my son will take from the 6.5CM, so there is a plan to it.

@Forrest Halley I think the .300WM and .375H&H are fat enough apart to justify both. I wouldn’t want to shoot the .375 off a bipod at an elk at 400 yards. I’m sure it will work, but that is not really a bipod-prone-shooting caliber. (Note: Im not a big guy)
 

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The .375 in a properly sized gun is more pleasant to shoot than a hot .300 WM in a light gun (have 2 of both.) .375 is a big bullet, but it's just the beginning of bigger bore guns. I suspect that the larger case exhibits less pressure and less felt recoil upon firing than the Win Mags (1,000 psi less pressure on avg and it's more of a slower shove vs. the high pressure magnums.) I tell people it's like a .30-06 with twice the bullet...If someone were to hunt elk w/ the 375, they'd want to use the 230ish grain bullets doing 3,000+ out the muzzle. I would rather use the 7s/30/338 as they are more flat shooting and the right tool for the job. Now tacking on a Mtn. Caribou to a Grizzly hunt, bring the .375 (or .338).
 

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I suppose the .270 and .300 are kinda close, but the .270 with a 130 gr bullet is brilliant for NA antelope and deer. The .300 works for everything else.
The .270 barrel will also be the next step up my son will take from the 6.5CM, so there is a plan to it.

@Forrest Halley I think the .300WM and .375H&H are fat enough apart to justify both. I wouldn’t want to shoot the .375 off a bipod at an elk at 400 yards. I’m sure it will work, but that is not really a bipod-prone-shooting caliber. (Note: Im not a big guy)
I accept the .270 because it is so inherently accurate. I would not have a use for a .300 WM except I have the world's best combination for whitetail in this caliber and I have killed a few with it in almost automatic fashion. The .375 is just so good at power and distance that I can bind it to a 300 grain Accubond and drive it over great distance or I can put a soft point in it and do well up close. I just don't think you can do the same job with the .300. yes I can reach further, but I don't hit with the same authority. The .375 isn't so bad in prone. Get a National Match Loop Sling and crank down. She'll behave herself and deliver death down range. Which reminds me I need to add a sling socket to my fore end. Don't worry, my hand will surely survive.
 

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So.... as much as I wanted to order a kimber, I walked into my local shooters supply and what did he have on the shelf? A ruger american predator in .358 winchester. Cant say it was exactly the rifle I was looking for but it was really cheap and only weighs 6.6 lbs. 20" barrel... so I say all that to thank @Bob. He is the one who turned me down the .35 track and I am excited to carry this for black bear. I got loading dies with it and I am gonna probably start with some 200 grain speers and mess around with those.

This will be a bit of a project as the only way I'm gonna get irons on here is to lop about 1.25" off the barrel to get rid of the swell for the thread protector. Or Just put the front sight behind it, even though that will look a little weird to my eye. Then just mount a back sight on there somewhere.

Anyway it's not a stainless kimber but it had some of the features I wanted and it's going to be a fun project! I have never owned a .35 bore boltgun before so I am excited to see what it is capable of!
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So.... as much as I wanted to order a kimber, I walked into my local shooters supply and what did he have on the shelf? A ruger american predator in .358 winchester. Cant say it was exactly the rifle I was looking for but it was really cheap and only weighs 6.6 lbs. 20" barrel... so I say all that to thank @Bob. He is the one who turned me down the .35 track and I am excited to carry this for black bear. I got loading dies with it and I am gonna probably start with some 200 grain speers and mess around with those.

This will be a bit of a project as the only way I'm gonna get irons on here is to lop about 1.25" off the barrel to get rid of the swell for the thread protector. Or Just put the front sight behind it, even though that will look a little weird to my eye. Then just mount a back sight on there somewhere.

Anyway it's not a stainless kimber but it had some of the features I wanted and it's going to be a fun project! I have never owned a .35 bore boltgun before so I am excited to see what it is capable of!
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Like your choice you will be amazed at what the 358 will do, you will find it will probably end up your go to for most hunting.
Keep us posted on what you do and how it shoots it will be a good read. Sorry about recommending the 358 but it is just a baby Whelen and I love the Whelen.
I hope you get much enjoyment out of your new toy.
Bov
 

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So I took my new .358 to the range today. It kicked a lot harder than I was expecting from a cartridge base on a .308 Winchester. But it shot really well and I walked away with a 0.9" 3 shot group at 100 yards. not to shabby with factory ammo.

I am waiting on some brass and bullets I have coming from a guy on gunbroker, then I have to just go get some IMR 3031 to load some up. I will say however, that the factory loads definitely hit with a thump down range. They were just the Hornday Custom 200 grain SP rounds, but they shot well and I was happy with them.

The real question I have is, does anyone have suggestions of bullets for versatility in the caliber. I usually default to the Barnes TTSX, and while this gun can shoot them, powder space is very limited and they cannot be driven as fast as you would think they can. Has anyone tried the Nosler partition out of a .358 on animals beyond 250 yards. The trajectory is definitely flat enough for a 300 yard shot on deer or elk sized game from this rifle, but I was wondering if anyone has done it an had success with the bullet performing as designed?
 

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i have had partition problems with 338 and 366, so would assume 358 would be the same.
my 358, a miroku, was a bit lacking penetration on pigs with 200 gn hornady round nose, possibly because the bullet might be meant for 35 rem.
it could have been ok on smaller deer.
possibly a stouter 200 gn spitzer or 225 gn spitzer might suit your 300 yd goal.
sierras are underrated by many.
and yes the 358 does kick a bit for such a compact package in a light gun.
at one time it was fairly popular in alaska for bear protection.
bruce.
 

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i have had partition problems with 338 and 366, so would assume 358 would be the same.
What kind of problems? Did they not expand well or was the issue accuracy related?
 

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What kind of problems? Did they not expand well or was the issue accuracy related?
nosler partitions are generally more accurate than needed in a hunting rifle, and don't have bad b.c. either.
their problem is in terminal performance.
sometimes when the nose blows off, the violence of this changes the direction in which the bullet flies through the animal.
on deer through the ribs this is not an issue.
on pig and donkey shoulder blades it has proven to be a serious issue.
bruce.
 

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Differnt strokes for different folks!! I could do the same thing with a 30-06 and have, or a 7x57 handloaded or .308...and any magnum...but if you go to Africa I wouldn't take but one or two guns, and 3s the lemit .
 

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If your a now and then hunter, one a year for deer, maybe and elk in a lifetime one gun such as a 30-06 is ideal....If your an avid hunter one gun isn't smart or useful...A 22 L.R., a varmet rifle, a shotgun, and a 7x57 or 30-06 as well as a 338 Win or 375.. is minimum in my case..but I also had a double rifle and a 404 in my about 50 trips to Africa and other parts of the world...A different tool for the job..

If one gun for all of the NA continent would be a .338 and/or a 30-06..As to the smaller 338 calibers I can load the 338 Win down to that, they cannot load the 338 fed. up to that.

I only speak for myself, the choice is the same for others..take what you like and like it or pay the piper..
 

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If your a now and then hunter, one a year for deer, maybe and elk in a lifetime one gun such as a 30-06 is ideal....If your an avid hunter one gun isn't smart or useful...A 22 L.R., a varmet rifle, a shotgun, and a 7x57 or 30-06 as well as a 338 Win or 375.. is minimum in my case..but I also had a double rifle and a 404 in my about 50 trips to Africa and other parts of the world...A different tool for the job..

If one gun for all of the NA continent would be a .338 and/or a 30-06..As to the smaller 338 calibers I can load the 338 Win down to that, they cannot load the 338 fed. up to that.

I only speak for myself, the choice is the same for others..take what you like and like it or pay the piper..

From what I've seen with my 338 fed, you don't need to load it up....it's a thumper without the huge recoil.
 

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