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Old 09-14-2006, 06:12 PM
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Hi! I am new to the forum and would greatly appriciate your input.

I just purchased a new BLR 300 WSM. I also bought a box of Winchester 180gr XP3. While sighting in the scope the first three shots were less than 1".

I was wondering if anyone has had experance with this gun and caliber and could make any recomendations as to what shoots best. I will be using the gun to hunt Elk. I also reload so any info on that would be great.

Also, I have read heard different thoughts on barrel brake in. Any thoughts on that.

Thanks again for your input.
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Old 09-14-2006, 06:32 PM
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Welcome to the forum gortch. Rules are simple, be nice and join in.

I havn't used the 300 WSM, but I've done a bunch of elk hunting. When I started back in the early 60's I used a 308 Norma Mag and stuck to 180 grain bullets. These worked well and killed elk out to 400 yards with no problems.

In 1979 I while stationed in Alaska I bought an 8mm Remington mag and have used that on elk since. Though there are several bullets available I stuck with one for all the big game I shot, the 220 Spitzer boat tail Sierra makes.

I think if I was shooting one of the 300 short mags I'd stay with the 180's for elk and probably for deer also. The idea is when you find a good accurate load for that rifle it's often benificial to use it for everything you hunt rather than having to sight in your rifle everytime you change bullet weights.

Now there's nothing wrong with changing bullet weights and sighting in each time you do, but if a certian bullet weight/rifle combo works well on elk, it'll work well on deer or pigs or buffalo.

The choice of bullets depends on if you reload or not, but there are lots of good bullets on the market regular or premium that work well at the velocities your short mag will deliver.

I have several rifles I use for hunting, but though they will digest a wide variety of different weight ammo I've found that over 45 years of hunting once you find that sweet load that kills well, shoots accurately and just plain works well I tend to stick to that one load for that particular rifle year after year. It just becomes an old friend.
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Old 09-14-2006, 07:15 PM
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I agree, I have been using a Remington 700 BDL in 300 win mag that I purchased back in the early 70's. most recently I reloaded it with 180 gr. Barnes triple shock and really liked it.

As I get older I wanted a lighter gun and with a little less recoil. I have read a lot about the BLR and thought I would give it a try. I still have the Remington so we shal see.

I have only shot 10 rounds and I like it.

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Old 09-14-2006, 08:54 PM
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Congrats on your new rifle. I've envyed the same combo myself, but haven't bought a BLR yet. DId you get the pistol grip model?

I have a Win 70 in 300 WSM that prints samll groups with 200 gr Swift A frames. I'm waiting for the chance to use this on an elk or bear. I figure why not use a heavier bullet at the same velocity as a 180 gr 30-06 bullet. That's one advantage of a magnum.

I'll eventually make up some 168 gr Barnes X loads for a flat country mulie hunt where I want the flat trajectory ballistics.

Depends on where you hunt. If your in thick woods mostly, a heavier bullet will serve you well for the short ranges you'll be shooting at.

Then again, the 180 grainer is always a good all around weight.

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Old 09-16-2006, 03:44 AM
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The BLR is a great gun. Not only does it shoot well but I don't think my 358 recoils that bad either. I have to guess those XP3's cost you $40 a box...ouch! If you load, check out eBay as you can get boxes of bullets you want to try for much less from loaders who tried them and didn't like them or getting out of loading. Shouldn't be too hard to find premium bullets for 30 cal in a varity of makes. I personally like the Nosler Partitions, Accubonds and Speer Grand Slams.
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Old 09-16-2006, 07:20 AM
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The XP3's are expenxive but I wanted to see how they shoot. As soon as I collect some brass I will start reloading them. I never thought about ebay for bullets.

Thanks for the tip.
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