Here's my issue. I ran a 300wm for over ten years almost exclusively especially when hunting. A few years ago while having it rebarreled I decided to make a change and had a Brux chambered in 7mmRM spun on it. Longrange shooting is a hobby of mine so I must admit I was seduced by the wonderful ballistics and efficiency of the .284 projectiles. It was also during the big crunch on reloading supplies and I was looking for something a little cheaper to feed. Although this is my primary hunting rig and not my longrange precision rifle I do practice out to 1000 yards with it for giggles and to become intimately familiar with it's performance downrange. Since changing to the 7mm I've taken 3 moose and several black bears. I've been running the 160 Accubonds because of their decent BC, long range accuracy, and I always had good luck with them out of the 300. Well, I haven't been terribly impressed with them on heavy animals out of the 7mm. On the B bears it was just the ticket, but on large moose they do alot more bouncing around and not pushing through especially when they encounter bone. Just as an example, last year I shot a 63" bull at about 30 yards. I hit him in the spine right behind his head. The bullet literally bounced off his spine traveled the length of his neck and shattered several vertebrae in his hump. I had a similar experience on this years moose (60 1/4") but at 150ish yards. Not a CNS shot, but lots of bouncing around with a shot right behind the shoulder. (no bone encountered) I could jump up to the 175 partition or something similar but they aren't exactly good longrange bullets.
So, to get to the point, I'm coming to the end of this barrel soon and will be sending it off for another. Although I have no good reason for it, I'm just not feeling j***ed about going back to a 300. I've looked pretty hard at bumping up to a 338 with 225gr NAB (bc .550), but it's really more rifle than is necessary here in the interior. The .30 cals really seem to be just the ticket for around here, and without replacing the bolt I'm stuck with the magnum rounds. Any thoughts would be appreciated.