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#5855959 - 07/30/15 05:33 PM 300 Win Mag
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I bought a used TC ProHunter that came with a muzzleloader and 300 Win Mag barrel. Typically I use a muzzleloader barrel, 20 gauge or a 30-06 barrel on my primary TC ProHunter....I bought this one for my daughter (for muzzle loading NOT the 300 Win Mag).

I decided to shoot it today.... is it just me or do the rest of you also think that the 300 Win Mag kicks like a mule. Not a fun shooting caliber.

I must be getting older and wimpy..... or maybe I've gotten smarter and now know better than to punish my body.


Edited by TonyinVA (07/30/15 05:37 PM)

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#5855965 - 07/30/15 05:37 PM Re: 300 Win Mag [Re: TonyinVA]
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probably the latter comment.

Shoulder injuries forced me to part ways with my 300 WM. Good shooter, just too abusive for my shoulder. Getting old Sucks, but getting dead keeps you from hunting and enjoying your family.
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#5856099 - 07/30/15 06:57 PM Re: 300 Win Mag [Re: TonyinVA]
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It's probably a combination of a heavy recoiling cartridge and a lightweight rifle. I've always figured if I'm going to take the recoil I might as well have a bigger bullet.
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#5856116 - 07/30/15 07:09 PM Re: 300 Win Mag [Re: TonyinVA]
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Heavy recoil in that load. Lightweight rifle makes it worse.

Shoot it prone and it is not remotely as bad as a bench. I put 20 down a Tikka T-3 Lite last week, shooting prone, and was wishing I had more ammo.
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#5856142 - 07/30/15 07:32 PM Re: 300 Win Mag [Re: TonyinVA]
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My .300 WM does not bother me at all. It is a pre-64 Winchester 70 and weighs about 8 1/2 pounds. Most importantly, the stock fits me.

A lot more to recoil than caliber alone unless all else is equal. If the rifle is light and/or the stock doesn't fit correctly, these can add significantly to felt recoil. Conversely, if the rifle is of sufficient weight and the stock fits properly, these can significantly diminish felt recoil. Plus position as JG mentioned. Several moving parts in the recoil equation.


Edited by Nogalus Prairie (07/30/15 07:33 PM)
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#5856165 - 07/30/15 07:48 PM Re: 300 Win Mag [Re: TonyinVA]
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Like others have said the gun can make all the difference in the world.

The best 300 Win Mag I ever shot was a old Browning BBR. The action is very similar to the Weatherby Mark V so its heavy and built like a tank! Very comfortable to shoot for being a 300.

I have also shot 338 Win Mags that felt more like a 375 H&H. Shot 375 H&H's that felt like a 338.

300 Win Mag is no weakling by any means but I say its tolerable for most experienced hunters in most hunting rifles.
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#5856311 - 07/30/15 09:09 PM Re: 300 Win Mag [Re: TonyinVA]
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The TC ProHunter fits me well and has that flex tech stock which soaks up the recoil, but being a single shot platform it is pretty light ...but since I had been shooting the 30-06 very comfortably I was surprised at the difference in the recoil.

It was more or less a freebie barrel so no big deal, but I think I'll try and sell that barrel and get a 270 barrel for the daughter.

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#5856348 - 07/30/15 09:27 PM Re: 300 Win Mag [Re: TonyinVA]
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They definitely kick but I think the gun, TC Pro, has a lot to do with the recoil you are experiencing. I don't shoot mine much anymore because the recoil is more than I care to take and I've got other rifles that will get the job done with a lot less recoil.

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#5856487 - 07/30/15 11:14 PM Re: 300 Win Mag [Re: Bbear]
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Originally Posted By: Bbear
probably the latter comment.

Shoulder injuries forced me to part ways with my 300 WM. Good shooter, just too abusive for my shoulder. Getting old Sucks, but getting dead keeps you from hunting and enjoying your family.


I have shoulder issues as well, 30-'06 and 8mm Mauser are the hardest kickers I have anymore.
I really gotta put a muzzle brake on my '06. Hurts, but I love the caliber.
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#5856544 - 07/31/15 05:27 AM Re: 300 Win Mag [Re: TonyinVA]
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With an 8.5 pound rifle and a good recoil pad, no, the .300 WM doesn't hurt me at all.
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#5857650 - 07/31/15 07:27 PM Re: 300 Win Mag [Re: TonyinVA]
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A lightweight 300 is a little much for a range toy. I had one and don't miss it a bit

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#5857736 - 07/31/15 08:19 PM Re: 300 Win Mag [Re: TonyinVA]
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My 300 mag kicks but not enough that I even notice it when hunting. That being said its not my choice of caliber for a plinking/range rifle.

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#5857997 - 07/31/15 10:33 PM Re: 300 Win Mag [Re: TonyinVA]
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I have a Winchester Model 70 .300 win mag. It used to rattle my teeth loose every time I shot it. I took off the regular butt pad and put a Sims Limbsaver butt pad on it, and now my pre '64 model 70 Featherweight .243 kicks a lot harder!!
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#5857998 - 07/31/15 10:39 PM Re: 300 Win Mag [Re: TonyinVA]
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KAAAAAAAABOOOOOMMMM KAAAAAAABOOOOMM KAAAABOOOM KAABOOM KABOOM Enjoy that ridiculous caliber. scared
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#5858006 - 07/31/15 10:44 PM Re: 300 Win Mag [Re: TonyinVA]
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This black dude shot a 300 mag about 200 yards from me one time. He shot a coyote that he had baited up with an old apple. I walked over there to make sure he didn't kill the buck I was hunting. When he shot my A s came off the seat of my fold out chair about 10 inches on its own. Those guns are more suited for elk. He said he was a rack hunter. up
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