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#6100490 - 12/24/15 06:32 PM One rifle 257 Wby vs. 300 WM
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OK, I'm narrowing it down to one of these calibers for stand and open country hunting ( out to 4 or 500 yards ). I'll have Chad work up loads for whatever I choose. Just bought one of Cameraland's Zeiss Victory HT's 3x12x56 with the 800 rapid Z reticle. Thinking a CDL SF Rem. in .257 Wby or 300 WM and have trigger changed and rifle accurized or maybe Sako 85 Hunter Stainless in 300 Win mag if I can find one with no added work. Can't help it, I love the stainless/Walnut look. Also still considering Alamo Firearms as I know they can do a lot with $2000.00 Thanks again for the help. Funny, when you can't afford it, everything looks good and when you can finally afford it nothing looks like the perfect rifle anymore.

I'll use a short action caliber for rattling or stalking so this is basically a Box blind rifle. Trying to stay around 8 to 9 pounds total. Scope is 19 oz.
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#6100511 - 12/24/15 06:50 PM Re: One rifle 257 Wby vs. 300 WM [Re: HuntingTexas]
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.257 and .300 Win Mag aren't even in the same class.

.300 Win Mag is the answer, even though it will make the quarter bore lovers butt hurt. .257 will never be able to do what the .300 Win Mag can do.
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#6100513 - 12/24/15 06:53 PM Re: One rifle 257 Wby vs. 300 WM [Re: HuntingTexas]
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OK, just found a stainless/Walnut Sako in 300 WSM. Are there any challenges in handloading this round and getting great groups compared to the 300 WM?

Trying to get something my grandson can wind up with one day and just feel that Sakos are something that can be handed down for years to come. BUT, I plan on shooting that sucker til the day I can't shoot anymore !!
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#6100517 - 12/24/15 06:56 PM Re: One rifle 257 Wby vs. 300 WM [Re: HuntingTexas]
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If you reload the 257 Bee will do everything out to 400-500 yds. with less recoil. The Weatherby ammo ain't cheep and not everyplace carries it. If you don't reload the 300 WM will do the same. Ammo is less expensive and can be found virtually anywhere.
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#6100519 - 12/24/15 06:58 PM Re: One rifle 257 Wby vs. 300 WM [Re: HuntingTexas]
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Chad has talked like the 300 WSM is more picky to make shoot, and won't make the velocity of the WM. But you'd have to ask him specifics.

The Sako is a damn fine rifle though. He can probably make it shoot, since you had planned on hiring him anyway.
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#6100527 - 12/24/15 07:06 PM Re: One rifle 257 Wby vs. 300 WM [Re: HuntingTexas]
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Makes no sense, Sako website shows an 85 Hunter Stainless listed in 300 WM but I can't find one. Sent emails to two Sako dealers to see if they can order one. Won't find out much 'til next week probably. Merry Christmas and thanks for the advice guys.
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#6100568 - 12/24/15 07:40 PM Re: One rifle 257 Wby vs. 300 WM [Re: HuntingTexas]
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For anything in Texas I would prefer the .257 Weatherby, there is no right or wrong answer.
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#6100621 - 12/24/15 08:20 PM Re: One rifle 257 Wby vs. 300 WM [Re: HuntingTexas]
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I'm with booradley. Get the 257 if you are a Texas stand Hunter. That's what Roy Weatherby preferred for personal use. Must be a reason.

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#6100629 - 12/24/15 08:25 PM Re: One rifle 257 Wby vs. 300 WM [Re: HuntingTexas]
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Pretty sure the 257 will do everything you ask of it. I had a 300WM and it was a great gun, and in the 8-9lb range, it thumped hard. The 257 is no slouch either. The Rem 700 CDL 257wby that you mentioned is on my short list of guns to buy, very sexy. Ammo is expensive and hard to find for the 257 though, which sucks.
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#6100645 - 12/24/15 08:36 PM Re: One rifle 257 Wby vs. 300 WM [Re: BigPig]
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Originally Posted By: BigPig
Pretty sure the 257 will do everything you ask of it. I had a 300WM and it was a great gun, and in the 8-9lb range, it thumped hard. The 257 is no slouch either. The Rem 700 CDL 257wby that you mentioned is on my short list of guns to buy, very sexy. Ammo is expensive and hard to find for the 257 though, which sucks.


Easy part is finding ammo, hard part is paying for it.

But then again no premium ammo is cheap now days.

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#6100647 - 12/24/15 08:37 PM Re: One rifle 257 Wby vs. 300 WM [Re: HuntingTexas]
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Originally Posted By: HuntingTexas
OK, I'm narrowing it down to one of these calibers for stand and open country hunting ( out to 4 or 500 yards ). I'll have Chad work up loads for whatever I choose. Just bought one of Cameraland's Zeiss Victory HT's 3x12x56 with the 800 rapid Z reticle. Thinking a CDL SF Rem. in .257 Wby or 300 WM and have trigger changed and rifle accurized or maybe Sako 85 Hunter Stainless in 300 Win mag if I can find one with no added work. Can't help it, I love the stainless/Walnut look. Also still considering Alamo Firearms as I know they can do a lot with $2000.00 Thanks again for the help. Funny, when you can't afford it, everything looks good and when you can finally afford it nothing looks like the perfect rifle anymore.

I'll use a short action caliber for rattling or stalking so this is basically a Box blind rifle. Trying to stay around 8 to 9 pounds total. Scope is 19 oz.


Sold my 300 because I always shot my 257wby.

There is an in between........ 26 nosler or 6.5-300wby or 6.5 WbY.

I do love my 257 wby. The right hand of God has never let me down

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#6100652 - 12/24/15 08:39 PM Re: One rifle 257 Wby vs. 300 WM [Re: FiremanJG]
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Originally Posted By: FiremanJG
.257 and .300 Win Mag aren't even in the same class.

.300 Win Mag is the answer, even though it will make the quarter bore lovers butt hurt. .257 will never be able to do what the .300 Win Mag can do.


Mere mortals will never understand the power of the 257

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#6100660 - 12/24/15 08:44 PM Re: One rifle 257 Wby vs. 300 WM [Re: HuntingTexas]
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Is this just for whitetails in Texas?

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#6100664 - 12/24/15 08:46 PM Re: One rifle 257 Wby vs. 300 WM [Re: HuntingTexas]
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I shot a buck at 210 yards with my 300WM pushing the 208 AMAX around 2938 fps. Ruined a lot of meat. I'm in love with my win mag but it is definitely overkill for Texas whitetails.

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#6100681 - 12/24/15 09:02 PM Re: One rifle 257 Wby vs. 300 WM [Re: BOBO the Clown]
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Originally Posted By: BOBO the Clown
Originally Posted By: FiremanJG
.257 and .300 Win Mag aren't even in the same class.

.300 Win Mag is the answer, even though it will make the quarter bore lovers butt hurt. .257 will never be able to do what the .300 Win Mag can do.


Mere mortals will never understand the power of the 257


That's a good one!

rolleyes
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