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300 win mag #8207121 03/18/21 10:27 PM
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Does anyone have an opinion of using a 300 win mag for deer hunting? I have an offer to buy one for a reasonable price, but I’m afraid it may be more gun than I need for Texas white tails.

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It’s more gun than you need for a Texas Whitetail, but you won’t have to do much tracking with a well placed shot. Plan to give up some shoulder meat. That said, it opens up other opportunities for larger game. Nilgai is on my list and a 300WM or up is what most of the outfitters recommend.


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Sure like mine DRT most of the time

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It will get the job done...As long as you can shoot it well.


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If you ever go out of state for Muel Deer or elk it would be your go to gun. Good deals don't come by everyday.
Snatch it up!

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Im not saying it cant be done with less gun(easily can) but if you are paying big money to hunt big whitetails then there is no such thing as too much gun(if you can shoot it well.) The "not so serious" deer hunter can get by with way less gun. If you arent a real serious deer hunter then personally I would go with less.


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Been using 300 Win Mag for deer the last 25 years. It’s a bit much for whitetail, but it can be used to hunt all North American game and most African game. I also hunt deer with 270 Win, 6.5 creedmoor, 30-06, 243 Win and 308. It really does not do that much more damage to the meat than the other calibers listed.

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Not that it won’t work or isn’t a good deer, but you can get the same results (dead deer) with a caliber that is much more shoulder friendly. If you’re wanting a reason to buy a new rifle and don’t a 300 win already, that’s a good enough reason in its self

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Originally Posted by freerange
Im not saying it cant be done with less gun(easily can) but if you are paying big money to hunt big whitetails then there is no such thing as too much gun(if you can shoot it well.) The "not so serious" deer hunter can get by with way less gun. If you arent a real serious deer hunter then personally I would go with less.


I completely agree with if you can shoot a big gun well shoot one. I hate recoil and won’t shoot a gun if it has much, that why I like the 7mm-08 and 25-06 so much. A lot of punch without much recoil. I would be more confident hunting any deer, hog, goat, or antelope anywhere with one of these two cartridges than any of the large magnums.

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I’m a fan of that caliber... for whitetail or whatever


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I shot a .300 Win Mag for a number of years back in Arkansas. Killed a lot of deer with it. 150 grain bullets were bad deer medicine. Just don’t shoot a bobcat at 25 yards, there won’t be enough left for a decent mount.

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From time to time I think about getting a Sendero/Beanfield type rifle in .300 Winchester Magnum.

To me the .300 Win Mag is the rifle you take when you are hunting South Texas, you paid a buttload of money for a guided hunt for gigantic deer, it is the last day of the hunt with barely any shooting light left, and the biggest Whitetail Buck you have ever seen in your life walks out into the Sendero 400 yards away from you.

Yes, a lesser rifle in capable hands may make that shot, but will it anchor him DRT in the middle of the Sendero instead of him running into the brush for who knows how long for fun tracking in the dark?

If you get an accurate, quality rifle with good optics, put in the time and ammunition to become proficient with it at distance, and get used to the above average recoil, the .300 Win Mag is a long range hammer for anything in the lower 48.

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Dad shot many whitetail and mulies with a 7MMag. Originally got it for CO mulies in 70s. Got tired of the recoil and went back to his go to, Model 70, .30-.06 and never looked back. .300 Win Mag will do fine but so will other capable calibers as has been mentioned.

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The bigger the gun, the deader the deer!! Don't over think it, do you want one??

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Not too much gun for the deer. Can be too much for the shooter, if they can't handle the recoil or can't afford to feed it for sufficient practice.

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Thanks to you all for the great feed back. From what I’m thinking is, that keep using my old faithful 270 for deer will do just fine! The 300 win mag sounded good, but my 69 year old shoulder was going to take a beating. In my younger days l would had jumped at a 300 win. However, time has moved on. Thank you all again for the feed back.

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Got into a debate like this on the 338 Win Mag several years ago. Is the 338 Win acceptable for deer? One of my fellow posters said yes. I said no. Just happened to have one in gunsafe, so I used it that year. Whitetail at 150 yards. Shot it in boilerroom and the deer was DRT. No more meat damage than any other of my rifles. Probably wouldn’t want to hit one in shoulder though. Had to eat a little crow there and tell the guy he was probably right. At age 72, I’ve noticed that the largest rifle that I still have is a 300 wsm. That’s about where this old guys comfort level starts to end. Nothing is wrong with that 300 Win though. You really can’t go wrong with either.

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Unnecessary, but if you want it go for it. A man can't have too many guns. In my older age (60) I'm reverting back to rifles/cartridges with less recoil.....6.5CM, 7-08, etc.

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Originally Posted by Longhorn74
Does anyone have an opinion of using a 300 win mag for deer hunting? I have an offer to buy one for a reasonable price, but I’m afraid it may be more gun than I need for Texas white tails.


Personally I think it's a perfect all around caliber, now I'll take the Weatherby over the Winchester but that's just me. You'll hear comments about it being too much gun or tears up meat. When I hear a person say it's too much gun what he's really saying is it's too much gun for him and I have no problem with that. Some people just can't handle the harder recoiling magnums and shoot them accurately and if that's the case don't use one. As far as the tear up to much meat all I'll say is don't shoot them in the meat, problem solved, that's why I shoot Nosler Partitions, it gives me an option of a heart lung shot or a shoulder shot if I have to.


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If possible, I would shoot it before you buy to see if it's something you'll enjoy, rather than something that makes you drudge pulling the trigger.


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Some 300 win. have more recoil than others. I had a Sig Sauer that I just hated. Every time I shot it, felt like a punch in the right cheek. Shot a Remington 700 with the 5R barrel, it was much more easier to shoot. Most likely due to the total weight of rifle, and lighter trigger.

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I honestly think the 300 win mag is a great caliber and I've had both 7mm mags and 30WSM that kick far worse than the 300s I've owned over the years.

Also, if you handload you have a huge choice of recipes and bullet sizes to choose from.
Last, it is known to be a very accurate caliber and of the ones I've owned over the years, probably 7 or 8 there wasn't one that wouldn't shoot under 1" at 100 yards and 3 or 4 were far better than that with handloads.


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any center fire caliber is good if you're proficient with it. I use sharpsticks to 300 win mag. They all take game.


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Originally Posted by Longhunter
It will get the job done...As long as you can shoot it well.

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A .300 win mag is one of my favorite calibers and I love mine, but I generally don’t deer hunt with it. I will take it on a mule deer hunt if we are in mountain type terrain because it’s chambered in a lightweight rifle.

There are lots of other calibers better suited to whitetail hunting than a .300 win. And contrary to popular belief, a deer hit in the lungs with a .300 win can still run off a ways ....seen it plenty of times. And a deer hit in the shoulders with most .25 caliber and up centerfire cartridges are going to drop. Basically what I’m saying is it doesn’t have any real value as a deer only rifle...it won’t do anything different over what most other common calibers will.

Where it does shine is shooting bigger animals where you need the extra horsepower that non-magnum cartridges just won’t give you. African plains game, Elk, Moose, Nilgai....that type stuff is prime .300 win territory



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