Head To Head: 300 weatherby vs 300 win mag – 4 Facts

I had hoped that the first morning in Wyoming would be beautiful, and it was. My friend Mike Ruella and I had a great guide, there were lots of antelope, and the sky was clear.

Mike had already shot a beautiful buck with heart-shaped antlers, and now it was my turn. At a distance of almost half a mile, we saw a rare buck following a doe like a heat-seeking missile.

We were able to sneak up on the two, who were thinking about their own things the whole time, by using the small depressions in the prairie.

.300 Winchester Magnum Swift Scirocco and Hornady Ammunition

I lay down, aimed right behind the deer’s shoulder, and fired a 180-grain Scirocco from my trusted Winchester 70.

300 Winchester, abruptly ending the party. It wasn’t the first time that gun had cut off the head of a wild animal, and it wouldn’t be the last.

300 weatherby vs 300 win mag

People have been trying to beat the performance of the.30-06 Springfield for almost 100 years. The first commercial triumph came with the publication of the Super.30 by Holland & Holland in 1925, which is more commonly referred to in the United States as the.300 Holland & Holland Magnum.

The belted.300 H&H Magnum can be up to 150 to 200 feet per second (fps) faster than the Springfield, depending on the load.

However, it needs a longer receiver, and even though American ammunition manufacturers have embraced the cartridge, the Springfield is still easier to get and less expensive.

But the.30-caliber magnums are here to stay because Americans can’t get enough speed.

Vintage .300 Weatherby Magnum Ammunition

Roy Weatherby experimented with the belted Super.30 case in the early 1940s. Sometimes he cut it down to the length of a.30-06, and other times he used the full 2.85-inch length of a.300 Holland case. All of his designs, however, had the distinctive double-radius shoulder.

Weatherby says that Roy’s.300 Weatherby Magnum is their best-selling gun, but I don’t have access to the company’s official sales numbers.

The.300 Weatherby Magnum is a powerful and fast gun that can send a 180-grain bullet at a muzzle velocity of 3250 feet per second, creating a force of over 4,000 foot-pounds. It easily beats the.30-06 Springfield and the.300 H&H Magnum in terms of muzzle energy.

Winchester started making its own magnum cartridges based on the belted H&H case soon after WWII ended.

By the end of the 1950s, they had released the straight-walled.458 Winchester Magnum, which became popular in Africa, the.388 Winchester Magnum, which is a favorite among elk hunters and people who go to Alaska, and the flat-shooting.264 Winchester Magnum.

Winchester was supposed to make a version with a caliber of.30, but instead, the.308 Norma Magnum came out in 1960. It was almost the same as a.338 Winchester that had been shortened to take.308-inch bullets, and it is still a good choice for general hunting.

300 weatherby vs 300 win mag

Three years later, Winchester released its.30-caliber magnum, the.300 Winchester Magnum, which took a slightly different approach than its predecessor. Winchester cut the length of the neck to 0.264 inches and the length of the case to 2.62 inches.

This allowed the 3.34-inch cartridge to still fit in the long-action receiver. Because Winchester worked hard to market the.300 Winchester and because guns and bullets were easy to get, it became very popular very quickly.

The.300 Winchester Magnum shoots a 180-grain bullet at 2960 fps, which is faster than the.30-06 Springfield, but not so fast that it wears out the barrel too quickly.

Federal Premium .300 Winchester Magnum 200-grain Trophy Bonded Bear Claw Ammunition

Both cartridges can use any.30-caliber bullet, and both use the belt to set the distance between the bullets (though many reloaders will resize their cartridges to allow the shoulder to handle the headspacing chores).

Both are great choices for a lightweight rifle on a safari, and they can kill a wide range of North American game species. Which choice is better for a hunter who needs a.300 magnum?

Weatherby’s faster speed is appealing because it makes the bullet’s path flatter and makes it less likely to be blown off course by the wind. However, this advantage comes at the cost of a much heavier recoil. Why is it a good idea to keep going in the same direction?

At 200 yards, both the Winchester and the Weatherby have muzzle speeds of 2960 fps and 3250 fps, respectively. At 400 yards, a 180-grain Nosler AccuBond with a G1 BC of 0.507 drops 19.3 inches with the Winchester and 15.6 inches with the Weatherby.

At 500 yards, the difference gets a little bigger, with the Winchester dropping 38.7 inches and the Weatherby dropping 31.7 inches.

300 weatherby vs 300 win mag

At that range, both the.300 Winchester and the Weatherby still have 1,766 ft-lbs of power. It’s a big plus, but you still have to think about the problem of recoil.

I’ve owned or hunted with.300 Winchester Magnum rifles, but the recoil of the.300 Weatherby was much sharper and quicker. Several hunters have said on different social media sites that the.300 Winchester Magnum is too powerful and that all you need is a.30-06.

With its bigger muzzle blast and felt recoil, the.300 Weatherby is just too much pistol for many shooters. It’s a good choice if you know how to use it, but you should try one out first.

.300 Weatherby Magnum Ammo with Rifle

Another big difference is the type and amount of ammunition that is used. If you go to MidwayUSA and look around, you’ll notice that the.300 Winchester has five times as many SKUs as the.300 Weatherby. It’s not that the ammunition for the.300 Weatherby is bad; there’s just less of it.

When it comes to rifles, the Weatherby Mark V series is great, and other companies make rifles that are chambered for the.300 Weatherby. However, there are far more options for the.300 Winchester Magnum.

300 weatherby vs 300 win mag

Since it came out in 1963, the.300 Winchester Magnum has been a good choice if you want a step up in performance from the.30-06 Springfield or the.308 Winchester.

People don’t like the.300 Winchester Magnum because it has a long belt and neck, but I think it’s one of the most useful.300 magnums because it can be used for so many different things. In this case, I think the best choice is the.300 Winchester Magnum.

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