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Old 10-10-2013, 03:27 AM   #1
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Default 300 Win Mag 150gr vs 180gr

Got the Tikka T3 in 300 Win Mag and wanted to hear some opinions/experiences with shooting a 150gr vs 180gr. I've read a bunch of mixed opinions of both. Not too concerned about the recoil difference, that's kind of inevitable with a +/- 7lb setup. Mainly curious about the damage on impact with each round. I bought the Rem 180gr Core Loc to start with. Any personal experiences? Thanks
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Old 10-10-2013, 03:36 AM   #2
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Obviously target distance plays a factor too so if you've seen a notable difference at specific ranges I'd like to hear them. Also, what brand of round do you shoot and why?
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I have a Ruger .300 WM I use when Im hunting powerlines, pipelines, clearcuts, etc. so shots upwards of 300 yds have been successfully taken by me. I have shot both 150's and 180's and honestly can not tell the difference between the too, Ive always shot Core-loks because they seemed to be the most common and easiest to find.
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Using this site:

http://gundata.org/ballistic-calculator/

Here is a table comparing 150 gr vs. 180 gr Remington Core-Lokt Ultra Bonded. Once you get to 250+ yards they'll start behaving differently and that extra 30 gr will start "taking its toll". You can also see the energy at impact as well which may help you decide on one vs. the other. Hope that helps.
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Old 10-10-2013, 07:13 AM   #5
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Thanks delta and mike
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You might take a look at Hornady 150gr. GMX Superformance.

With a set of high rings, sighting in 2.5 inches high at 100 may make it point blank (within 4 inches) to beyond 350 yds.

Depends on what kind of velocity your gun produces.

There is a ballistics calculator at the Hornady site.

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I have the same gun except in a short mag. All I have ever shot is the 180 grain. It is devastating.
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IMO I would shoot both of them and see what YOUR gun likes the best.....Every gun that's made has it's own personality....both rounds have plenty of energy ....The 180gn bullet is going to have a little better BC. which will help with wind drift......
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The Remington Core-lok a very good choice, dead is dead from a dollar bullet or a five dollar bullet, keep us in the loop on your choice
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Thanks for the input, I'll expierment with some rounds and see what she does.

Reel Estate, how do you like the rifle? I haven't shot it yet but heard nothing but good things about them.
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