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Old 02-06-2011, 02:02 PM   #1
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Default 300 wsm vs 325 wsm

I went to Bend to buy a Nosler Mdl 48 in a 300 WSM from the store there.
What I learned was they changed from a 3 position safety to a 2 position safety. I was disappointed in that. I already have a M48 and like the 3 position safety. So now I'm looking in the used market for what must be the "original" configuration.
I've found a 300 WSM at the gunbroker.com and a 325 WSM in the Cabela's gun room.
I know Cabela's and have had EXCELLENT service from them.
Does anyone have experience with the gunbroker.com?
Any comments relative to the 300 vs the 325? I'll be using it for elk.
I'm not a hand loader. I buy off the shelf. From what I see in the ballistics tables, the 325 looks as good as the 300.
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Old 02-06-2011, 02:10 PM   #2
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I have a 325 WSM and shoot 200 grain NPT. The last and only time I shoot through a chronograph it shoot at 2965fps. not bad for a heavier bullet. But I also hand load so I have not paid to much attention for off the shelf ammo for this gun. I would think the 300 WSM ammo might be more available off the shelf.
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Old 02-06-2011, 02:29 PM   #3
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Have a 325WSm and 300 H&H, 325WSM is far superior all around. Love the 300H&H for long shots. My 325WSM is in the Browning lever action, open sights. Best coastal elk rifle there is for my 2Cents.
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Old 02-06-2011, 03:04 PM   #4
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I have a 300 WSM, my second one. The round is capable of incredible accuracy. My first 300 WSM was a 1000 yd BR rifle and it won many matches and set records. My current 300 WSM is a M-70 Classic SS with a Benchmark barrel and a McMillan Edge stock. It weighs 7.75 lbs scoped and is a no kiddin' 1/2 moa rifle with 168 grain TTSXs at a little under 3000 fps. I supposed if I stepped on it I could get 3050-3075 out of it.

I consider my 300 WSM with the 168 TTSX a deer/black bear/hog rifle; and a back up for elk. It is basically a 30-06 on steroids.

If I didn't already have an 8lb w/scope 338 Winny built on a pre 64 action that was as accurate as my 300 WSM; and I wanted a dedicated elk rifle in as light of a package as possible, I'd consider the 325 WSM. I hear they are usually very accurate, recoil is less than a 338 Winny, and velocity is decent.

If you don't handload, the 325 becomes less appealing. While I see a fair amount of 300 WSM ammo on the shelves, I don't see so much 325 WSM. If you live close to a Sportsman's Warehouse or similar large retailer you might be fine. Otherwise you may have to mail-order your ammo, which really isn't a big deal.

Then again, you could just go the simple way and get a M-70 in 338 Winny; Extreme Weather, Std, or Supergade; depending on what you like.

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Old 02-06-2011, 03:18 PM   #5
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Default Re: 300 wsm vs 325 wsm

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I'm not a hand loader. I buy off the shelf.
IMO This should be a consideration when making your final decision between the two. There are many more manufacturers, bullet choices, and loads for the .300 WSM available on the shelf. This may or may not be important to you.

I have a .325 WSM shooting factory 200 gr Accubonds that has served me well over the last four seasons. It has performed as I had hoped on a variety of species/use at ranges of 95 - 250 yards. I could wholeheartedly recommend the performance of this caliber/bullet combo, but ammo choices are limited and expensive. Not sure how much that matters to you?

My response is limited to .300 WSM vs .325 WSM. I intentionally left out the debates about "magnum vs non" and "what's the best elk cartridge" because you did not ask. Good luck!
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Old 02-06-2011, 03:56 PM   #6
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I have a 300 WSM, my second one. The round is capable of incredible accuracy. My first 300 WSM was a 1000 yd BR rifle and it won many mayches and set records. My current 300 WSM is a M-70 Classic SS with a Benchmark barrel and a McMillan Edge stock. It weighs 7.75 lbs scoped and is a no kiddin' 1/2 moa rifle with 168 grain TTSXs at a little under 3000 fps. I supposed if I stepped on it I could get 3050-3075 out of it.

I consider my 300 WSM with the 168 TTSX a deer/black bear/hog rifle; and a back up for elk. It is basically a 30-06 on steroids.

If I didn't already have an 8lb w/scope 338 Winny built on a pre 64 action that was as accurate as my 300 WSM; and I wanted a dedicated elk rifle in as light of a package as possible, I'd consider the 325 WSM. I hear they are usually very accurate, recoil is less than a 338 Winny, and velocity is decent.

If you don't handload, the 325 becomes less appealing. While I see a fair amount of 300 WSM ammo on the shelves, I don't see so much 325 WSM. If you live close to a Sportsman's Warehouse or similar large retailer you might be fine. Otherwise you may have to mail-order your ammo, which really isn't a big deal.

Then again, you could just go the simple way and get a M-70 in 338 Winny; Extreme Weather, Std, or Supergade; depending on what you like.
Lots of knowledge and experience in this post IMO. . . good stuff.
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Old 02-06-2011, 05:00 PM   #7
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Seeing as you asked, I'll bet that either will kill an elk just as dead as my 6.5x55 and probably do it as far away! They might make more noise though!
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Old 02-06-2011, 07:10 PM   #8
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No offense to the .325 boys, however bullet choices are limited in that caliber. On the other hand .30 caliber bullet choices are unlimited!
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Old 02-06-2011, 07:26 PM   #9
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Then again, if your looking for an elk rifle and load the few .325 WSM factory loads out there are just fine for elk and generally are quite accurate. Just find what shoots best and buy a case of that ammo and you're set for elk for the next 20-30 years.

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Old 02-06-2011, 07:35 PM   #10
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Next time you're in the Nosler shop have them load up some boxes of custom shells for you. They aren't much more expensive than premium factory loads from Federal, Rem, Winchester, but they are hand loaded and tailored to your specific wants/needs.
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Old 02-07-2011, 07:33 AM   #11
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No offense to the .325 boys, however bullet choices are limited in that caliber. On the other hand .30 caliber bullet choices are unlimited!

That's my problem with both the 8mm & the 9.3mm unless you have a Corbin like I do you have a poor choice of both bullet weights & styles though the choice is getting better it will never be as good as the mainstream .300 & .338's.
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Old 02-07-2011, 08:31 AM   #12
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its all about the bullet. 325 is easily dead last with 7mm wsm leading the pack
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Old 02-07-2011, 02:21 PM   #13
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its all about the bullet. 325 is easily dead last with 7mm wsm leading the pack
What he said!
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Old 02-07-2011, 06:10 PM   #14
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A 200 grain XP3 or Accubond (or Nosler Partition) at 2950fps will do just about anything that needs doing on this continent at any reasonable range. The nearly 2000ft/lbs of energy at 500yards will carry the mail to elk at a distance and punch a decent size hole out the back side. With that kind of performance you don't need to worry about versatility in bullets, as that load is versatile enough for everything at any range. Heck, it would be fine for grizz and brownies in most circumstances, yet not be ridiculus for antelope either.
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Old 02-07-2011, 06:53 PM   #15
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bullet is EVERYTHING

everything else is semantics.
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