I've been a member for a while, just not a big poster. I have decided that it is time for me to get a bolt gun that I can shoot too and do some hunting with. I've done a TON of research on calibers, rifles, scopes, etc. I've got the gun picked out, I am going with a Tikka t3 lite. It is in my budget, they have fantastic reviews, are lightweight, and shoot well out of the box.
That being said, I am not set on caliber. I am going with a .300win mag or a .300wsm but I need help deciding between the two. The Tikka makes this a little more interesting because all the actions are the same length, so the weight difference there is minimal.
Are these pros/cons correct in your guys' opinions?
300wsm: less powder, easier to reload(?), harder to find factory ammo (if needed), less recoil, longer barrel life, longer brass life, slower fps (marginal)
300 wm: Most likely there is more load data out there, larger cartridge, more popular, easier to find reloading components and factory ammo, slightly faster, belted (pro or con?).
With the weight savings regarding the action length taken out of the equation what would you guys go with? I am probably splitting hairs here, but I figured I would make sure I'm not missing anything.
Thanks in advance!