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    Default What grain for a 300

    I will be sheep hunting in a couple weeks and was woundering what grain bullets are recomended for a 300win.

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    150 or 165 grain bullets are ideal for sheep

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    Default 180 grain

    I use 180 grain federal partions for my .300 win mag when sheep hunting. At 300 and 400 yards the bullet drop is 3 to 4 inch difference and with the 180 grain you get more knock down power.

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    Default 200 grain.....

    I used a .300 Win. Mag. for 2 years. I always viewed it as a "30-06 with fuel injection". It is after all is said and done a .30 caliber. It has the case capacity to launch a 200 grain bullet fast enough to cover any Alaskan hunting needs. The only 180 grain bullet I would use is a Barnes X. I think it has achieved all that it's designers and users could ever want.

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    Default go with the barnes

    tsx in 180 and never look back.

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    180 gr nosler partition
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    Default sheep bullets

    Whatever is most accurate in 165 - 180 gr in your rifle. My first choice would be 180 gr TSX followed by the 168 gr (usually VERY accurate), next would be the Nos Part - AB's before the partitions. Good luck.

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    I like a little lighter bullet like a 150 grain to a 130 grain, but then again I use a .243 for sheep anymore, and save the 300 for bigger game!

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    Oh yeah, I should say the 130 to 150 grains were in my 300 win mag, and not in my .243 those were 100 grain Noslers.Sorry for any confusion!

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    My 300 win shoots 180 gr bullets best. Nosler accubonds being the best of all.

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    I read an article awhile back about a guy using 130 grain tipped TSXs in a .300 WSM on a hunt in Africa. The bullet was traveling 3500 fps if I recall. He said it literally ripped the far-side leg off a jackal he shot. That being the case, I'd be afraid of severe meat loss with a bullet like that on sheep. I just built a load for my .300 WBY with a 165 gr Accubond. Haven't shot it enough yet to see overall accuracy, but IMO that would be a good load for sheep. My proven game-getting load is a good ol' 180 grain Core-lokt. Shoots great and holds together just fine on caribou and smaller animals. I would not hesitate to use this load on sheep either.

    So my vote goes to either 165 or 180 grain. I'd lean toward the 180s if I knew there were also a lot of bears in the area.

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    Quote Originally Posted by akhunter83 View Post
    I use 180 grain federal partions for my .300 win mag when sheep hunting. At 300 and 400 yards the bullet drop is 3 to 4 inch difference and with the 180 grain you get more knock down power.
    According to the 26th edition of the Hodgdon Data Manual reloaders can drive a 165 grain bullet to a MV of 3031 fps with 79.0 grains of H1000 powder, and at a MV of 3207 fps with 84.0 grains of H1000. These velocities were also achieved in a 26" test barrel.
    Also according to the Hodgdon Data Manual, reloaders can drive a 180 grain bullet to a MV of 2945 fps with 78.0 grains of H1000 powder, and to a MV of 3121 fps with 83.0 grains of H1000. The latter load developed a pressure of 50,900 cup. These Hodgdon loads used Large Rifle Magnum primers and were chronographed in a 26" pressure test barrel.


    A 165 grain bullet is probably a better choice for the .300 Win. Mag., given the powder capacity of the case and the superior sectional density (SD) of the heavier bullet. Winchester's factory load gives a 165 grain Fail Safe bullet a MV of 3120 fps and ME of 3567 ft. lbs. At 200 yards the figures are 2515 fps and 2319 ft. lbs. The trajectory of a 165 grain spitzer bullet at a MV of 3120 fps should look about like this: +3" at 100 yards, +3.4" at 200 yards, -1.2" at 300 yards, and -11.4" at 400 yards.


    Winchester trajectory tables show that the 180 grain Power Point Plus bullet zeroed at 200 yards rises only 1.4" at 100 yards and falls 6.4" at 300 yards. This is identical to the trajectory for the 130 grain Power Point Plus bullet in the famous .270 Winchester caliber. Obviously, Winchester's .300 is a fine long range big game cartridge.

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    Go with 168 TTSX'x or 200 AB's. I would pick the AB's. Great bullet with a BC of .588

    Good Hunting

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    Quote Originally Posted by c04hoosier View Post
    That being the case, I'd be afraid of severe meat loss with a bullet like that on sheep.
    Well, you're not required to shoot them in the shoulder. Meat loss wouldn't be an issue with a behind the shoulder shot (unless you are worried about a few ounces from the rib area...).

    Of course, and like always, bullet construction and bullet placement being the key.

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    Another vote here for the 180 gr. Core Lokt. Its knocked down every animal ive shot each with 1 shot. Haven't had the opportunity to see how one holds together yet all have been pass throughs. I wouldn't go lighter than a 160 gr. the places Ive hunted sheep you want to drop'em were they stand or risk losing them down the mountain side.

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    I use a 300 win mag-- a 180gr Nosler partition Federal safari premium-- I can't find them on the shelves any more but still have about 10 boxes left. maybe the accubond is a close replacement now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rshunter View Post
    I use a 300 win mag-- a 180gr Nosler partition Federal safari premium-- I can't find them on the shelves any more but still have about 10 boxes left. maybe the accubond is a close replacement now.
    i use the same round. never had a moose take more then five steps with it. took an 8 foot griss this spring jumped and fell 10 yards away... and works great out to 250 yards too.

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