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I have a surgeon built 300 win mag in a McMillan a-5 with a 27.5 Krieger barrel and night force nsx 8-32. I'm very new to magnums and reloading but plan on loading for this rifle I was thinking on Sierra 190 bthp. But don't want to dump a bunch of cash on bullets then find something that does better for this application.... Any advise?
 

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Depends on whether you're shooting paper or critters. Sierra's are pretty accurate for paper punching but not top notch for critters. My 225 accubonds work great in my 338wm for an accurate long range hunting bullet.
 

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Most rifles for best accuracy will show a preference for a particular bullet. Look at whats available and try several match style pills. Sierra is usually among those i try first. They are high quality and reasonably priced.
 

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I'm planning on using it for elk in eastern Oregon which I all high desert but also might do some competitive LR in the future...
 

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Berger VLD Hunting bullets have a very good reputation on game, and they have both a 190 gr (.566 BC) and a 210 gr (.625 BC) in .308 caliber. I would try both and see what shoots the most accurately in your rifle.
 

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Ditto shooting 190gr Berger Hunting VLD's. I believe the 190 grain bullet is best balanced for the .300 Win Mag. They are great for both paper and live game. The draw back is that they may not fit in a standard length (3.34") magazine.

The next rifle I build will be on a magnum length (3.65") action so I can load my VLD's with a 3.6" C.O.A.L.. Then I can get them in the magazine and don't have to single load. I also find the added case volume allows a 2.5" and 2.62" cases to give me near magnum length (2.85") case performance.
 

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Thank you everyone for all the input. But one more question if I like nosler rounds on my rifle what do u think on factory seconds? How blemished are they? How much will it have on ANY effects?
 

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If you can get any in the LR configuration, I think you'll find they do just fine. The blemishes are just that: some oxidation splotches or a tiny gap left in marrying the tip to the rest of the bullet. Things that affect cosmetics but not ballistics to any appreciable degree. At least, I've never experienced nor heard of anyone else experiencing any apparent ballistic issue with them. The main thing is to inspect them when you get them. A dinged base is the only thing that would be likely to matter, but I've never seen that.
 

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I just got 200 accubond nosler, 190 smk, 210 vld and probly gonna test some 215 hybrids with h-1000 and rl 22.... Any thoughts?
 

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I just got 200 accubond nosler, 190 smk, 210 vld and probly gonna test some 215 hybrids with h-1000 and rl 22.... Any thoughts?
No thoughts here. Sounds as though you are off to a good start! When you find something that works I'd like to hear about it.
 

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My friends and I have killed over 20 moose with Accubonds. They work great. The long range version has no advantage until you exceed 400 yards which is for experts only. They may have some disadvantage at 50 yard as they may over expand, though I have no personal experience in that regard. Your Accubonds, as well as several of the bullets suggested here, will work just fine for elk or deer in Eastern Oregon.
 

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Math Teacher, I have some experience with Accubonds, however not with .30 caliber bullets in a mag at 50 yards. They have held together in every instance I've used them. The closest I can recall was a whitetail doe at under 40 yards 1/4 hole going in and about thumb sized exiting.
 

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I just got 200 accubond nosler, 190 smk, 210 vld and probly gonna test some 215 hybrids with h-1000 and rl 22.... Any thoughts?
If you plan on using the rifle to hunt with, make sure if you use Bergers, to use ones specifically marked HUNTING. The hybrids, and target models will NOT make good game hunting bullets, same goes for any match bullet unless it's designed as a match hunting bullet. On a side note I will second what has been said already. The 190 Gr vld hunting bullet works well in the 300 win. I have taken several bears with it and have been impressed. I haven't tried the accubonds on anything other than paper
 

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Forget boat tails. Unless they are of a bonded verity.

While there are bullet a bit better ballisticly, a 200gr Nosler Partition is a GREAT selection for those elk your thinking about.

You may have no choice but to spend some bucks to find the bullet/power/load your rifle likes. Your rifle will tell you.

I just know that I have always had good results with the Nosler Partitions in any rifle with a good barrel. Always accurate and always deadly.

Longest shot I'll ever take at a game animal was years back, one shot bang/flop on a mule deer buck at 500yds. 7mm Rem Mag, RUGER #1 with a 160gr Nosler Partition, Old Redfield 4X12 with the range finder ribbon in the bottom of the field of view.

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I used a 300 Win Mag last Dec to kill a big cow elk at a ranged 420 yards. Used Hornady factory 180 grain, shot her just at snow line on ribs and head just flopped over. If you will just shoot them in their beds you don't have to worry about Knock Down. :D This one just didn't get up. Jack in E. Oregon
 
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