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I'm new to this forum, but have been hunting and shooting for 20 years now. This looks like a great forum with tons of info. I just recently purchased my first new gun recently, I haven't bought one in a couple years, lol. But I just got a Remington 700SPS .300 win mag for christmas. I was surprised at how well I shot this gun, not being a pro or even close, at 100yrds I put two consecutive shots almost in the same hole just using remington core lokt 180grain bullets. I was highly impressed at how this gun shot for me. I'm used to hunting with a .243 Remington 700, and was very hesitant of the recoil of the .300wm, but I really didn't think the recoil was that bad at all, comparable to my friends 30-06 savage. I'm not trying to brag being my first post, just wanted to express my happiness with my new toy. Are any of you guys getting the same results with this particular rifle? And by the way I do love all guns, anything that goes bang, some louder then others:D
 

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I have several Remington 700's, in my opinion they all shoot extremely well. I have no use for a rifle that doesnt shoot good. That is why I am so fond of Remingtons. I have a Remington 700 SPS 300 Ultra Mag that I bought recently, it is unbeleivably accurate, I have a 700 Sendero in the 300 Ultra Mag that is a real tack driver, but it was a little heavy for toteing up and down the mountains, so I bought the SPS, for hunting, I was really surprised with the accuracy I got out of it.
 

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I was surprised at the out of the box accuracy as well with factory ammo. I have a 97' remington 700 243 ADL and I thought the trigger was good on it till I got this new SPS and I love the trigger on the SPS now. Do you think the 300 RUM has that much more recoil then the 300WM?
 

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Welcome to the forum! There are lots of talented, knowledgeable guys on here so if you have any questions I'm sure they will help you out. I've learned alot in the 2yrs I've been on here. I also like the Rem 700s, but I like to play with others too. Lots of good guns out there.
 

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CONGRATS on the new shooter!!!!!

I'm not a Remington guy. No flies on the 700's, really. I just started with Model 70's and stuck there. Sounds like it's going to shoot well for you.

My sister got a .300 Winny in a Vanguard this past year. It really likes Federal's $16.97/box 180 grainers from Wal Mart. Groups really well, and for a bit less $$ than the Remingtons. You may want to give them a try.
 

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I was surprised at the out of the box accuracy as well with factory ammo. I have a 97' remington 700 243 ADL and I thought the trigger was good on it till I got this new SPS and I love the trigger on the SPS now. Do you think the 300 RUM has that much more recoil then the 300WM?
I have a 700 BDL in 338 Win Mag and to me the 300RUM seems to kick pretty close to the same, I personally cant feel any difference, my dad says the RUM kicks harder but I dont think so. I have never owned a 300 Win mag so I dont know how the recoil is on them.
 

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A couple months ago I was doing some load developement at the range and I could see the other fellow there was eyeballing my chronograph. I said you can shoot your through if you want as long as you don't hit it:( . He said he would like to know where he was at with fps but wanted me to shoot it for him. Sure I will. The rifle was a rem 700 stainless in 300 rum with a 26" barrel that had been magnaported. It was shooting his 180 gn. loads at around 3230fps according to my chrono. I also had my rem 700 in 300 win mag there and I can tell you without a doubt that the felt recoil from that ultra mag was noticeably LESS than my unported 300 win mag. His rifle was heavier with a syn stock and was ported, I believe that helped alot. In my opinion the 300 ultra mag should be quite manageable with a good recoil pad in a rifle of reasonable weight. If not, have it ported, then it will feel more like a 30-06. There is however, substancial muzzle blast and noise with the ported barrel, so be aware of that. Hope this helps:)
 

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$16.97 wow, I haven't seen those yet, i'll have to check them out. I want to start reloading for this rifle sometime in the future. When I first looked at getting a .300 wm I was almost turned off by all the info I had got from research on the net that the recoil was almost unbearable, I was just surprised at how wrong the info was in my case. Now the day I was shooting I was wearing my hunting clothes so their was some padding not just a t-shirt, but I squeezed the rifle tight to my shoulder and just felt a solid push back no real pop like I was thinking it would be and no black eye from the scope, lol. Could the info I got on the recoil have been that miss leading, or are some people more sensitive to it then others. Now I wouldn't want to shoot it 40 times in a row without a lot of practice and getting used to it, but it wasn't that bad.
 

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A couple months ago I was doing some load developement at the range and I could see the other fellow there was eyeballing my chronograph. I said you can shoot your through if you want as long as you don't hit it:( . He said he would like to know where he was at with fps but wanted me to shoot it for him. Sure I will. The rifle was a rem 700 stainless in 300 rum with a 26" barrel that had been magnaported. It was shooting his 180 gn. loads at around 3230fps according to my chrono. I also had my rem 700 in 300 win mag there and I can tell you without a doubt that the felt recoil from that ultra mag was noticeably LESS than my unported 300 win mag. His rifle was heavier with a syn stock and was ported, I believe that helped alot. In my opinion the 300 ultra mag should be quite manageable with a good recoil pad in a rifle of reasonable weight. If not, have it ported, then it will feel more like a 30-06. There is however, substancial muzzle blast and noise with the ported barrel, so be aware of that. Hope this helps:)
That's great advice, being a hunter i'm trying my best to stay away from ported barrels and muzzle breaks, i'll take the recoil then having to tote around ear muffs. My reasoning for not getting the RUM was bullet availability and cost, but i'm sure it would be a step up.
 

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the 300 win mag was a great choice and even tho the ultra mag does give ya more do you really need it? and then is it worth the price in ammo costs and recoil? i doubt it personally.
i have a 300 winny in a ruger stainless mk2 that i love! i put a zeiss conquest on it and it is a great package. i also have a 338 RUM that shows great potential... i bought the barrel on gunbroker for $45 and like what i've seen out of it but i need to shoot it more (it's on a switch barrel 700) if you are wondering if maybe you should have gotten a 300 rum instead of the win mag i'd say no absolutely not. i do like the ultra mags but i appreciate them more in the larger bores...

you think you like that rifle/cartridge combo now just shoot it for a while & hunt with it, you'll cuss yourself for waiting so long to get it!!
 

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the 300 win mag was a great choice and even tho the ultra mag does give ya more do you really need it? and then is it worth the price in ammo costs and recoil? i doubt it personally.
i have a 300 winny in a ruger stainless mk2 that i love! i put a zeiss conquest on it and it is a great package. i also have a 338 RUM that shows great potential... i bought the barrel on gunbroker for $45 and like what i've seen out of it but i need to shoot it more (it's on a switch barrel 700) if you are wondering if maybe you should have gotten a 300 rum instead of the win mag i'd say no absolutely not. i do like the ultra mags but i appreciate them more in the larger bores...

you think you like that rifle/cartridge combo now just shoot it for a while & hunt with it, you'll cuss yourself for waiting so long to get it!!
The same could be said about your 338 RUM and a 338 Win Mag.
 

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I agree about the choice of the 300 win mag, good round that has a solid foothold. I have a 300wm, 338wm and recently put together a 458wm. Just need a 264wm and I'll have them all. Probably will build that one too. The ultra-mags have there place but not everyone needs one. :)
 

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the 300 win mag was a great choice and even tho the ultra mag does give ya more do you really need it? and then is it worth the price in ammo costs and recoil? i doubt it personally.
i have a 300 winny in a ruger stainless mk2 that i love! i put a zeiss conquest on it and it is a great package. i also have a 338 RUM that shows great potential... i bought the barrel on gunbroker for $45 and like what i've seen out of it but i need to shoot it more (it's on a switch barrel 700) if you are wondering if maybe you should have gotten a 300 rum instead of the win mag i'd say no absolutely not. i do like the ultra mags but i appreciate them more in the larger bores...

you think you like that rifle/cartridge combo now just shoot it for a while & hunt with it, you'll cuss yourself for waiting so long to get it!!
I always thought I didn't need a larger rifle and that was the belief of my dad as well, since we hunt deer at relatively short distance's less then 150yrds, and my .243 knocked them dead as a door nail. But I just needed something different and am inspired to one day hunt big game out west. Now after purchasing the 300wm, I do kick myself for not getting it sooner, as it has been the most fun to shoot for me. It just makes me feel good to shot this rifle well, don't ask me why it just does. I was about to get the .308 or 30-06 due to the info on recoild but found a great deal on this gun. I have nothing against the trid and true calibers like the 30-06, I just like to be different, and not knowing many people who have a 300wm around here it fit the bill.
 

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I agree about the choice of the 300 win mag, good round that has a solid foothold. I have a 300wm, 338wm and recently put together a 458wm. Just need a 264wm and I'll have them all. Probably will build that one too. The ultra-mags have there place but not everyone needs one. :)
That .264wm looks like a sweet round it just seems like their is not many factory loads with different bullet weights for it.
 

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I reload so I'm not too worried about that, I just wanted to have have all the winchester magnums. I'm sure there are plenty of other rounds that will do what the 264 will and are more popular but they're not as nostalgic to me. I will also be aquiring a 375 H&H one way or another some day I hope.:D
 

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you are absolutely right fritz but i figured for what it cost me to get set up with the barrel and dies and since i already had a 338/06AI it seemed like a more logical choice... it's a thumper there is no doubt!! to be honest i needed this caliber like i need another hole in my head, if i bought it needing to use it on a regular basis then i would have gone then more common route in the win mag.
besides variety is the spice of life, if we all only had what we truly need imagine how boring life would be!

brad, when you put that 264 together make sure that you use a 26" barrel minimum! those 2 extra inches make a big difference with that round...
 

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you are absolutely right fritz but i figured for what it cost me to get set up with the barrel and dies and since i already had a 338/06AI it seemed like a more logical choice... it's a thumper there is no doubt!! to be honest i needed this caliber like i need another hole in my head, if i bought it needing to use it on a regular basis then i would have gone then more common route in the win mag.
besides variety is the spice of life, if we all only had what we truly need imagine how boring life would be!

brad, when you put that 264 together make sure that you use a 26" barrel minimum! those 2 extra inches make a big difference with that round...
I hear you! I feel the same way, I have more guns than I could possibly ever need but enjoy collecting them all, and shooting them all. I have been seriously considering getting a 338 RUM, I already have a 338 Win mag so I dont need it, but it isnt the matter of need, its more a matter of I want it.
 

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you are preaching to the choir my friend! there are much worse things we could be doing with our extra money!! for the longest time i wanted a 338win mag but then i started fiddling around with mausers and put together my 338/06 and love it but it doesn't keep up with the bigger 338's when the bullets start to get heavy so after i got my barrel vise and action wrench for a 700 i started looking around... i really like the 340 wby and figure i could pick up a factory 338 barrel and rechamber it but ended up with the ultra mag bbl. for a song so i went that route. truthfully there isn't a bad 338 cartridge in the bunch if ya ask me, it's just a matter of what you like.
 
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