I was in a local gun shop today, making my weekly unsuccessful search for powder. I should have just walked away while I had the chance, but in a moment of weakness I found myself peeking at the gun racks, specifically at the LH bolts. Although a 5% chance at best, the thought came up that I could draw a Kodiak Brown Bear tag in about a month, and It may not be a bad idea to carry something a little larger than my .300-win mag.
Well, the salesman ended up putting a .325-WSM Savage 16FLHSS (stainless synthetic) in my hands. My first thought was "This is not my Grandpa's Savage!" They've really improved the feel and quality of these guns since I owned one back in the '90's. In fact, I'd dare say this gun fit me better than any I've held before. The length was perfect (although maybe too light for a magnum. I could go on, but I'll get to the point.
Is there really enough advantage (terminal balistics) of the .325-WSM over the .300-WM to justify making a trade? They both drive a 200 grain bullet around the same speed. Would the extra 0.015-inch diameter make a difference on a 10-foot brown bear (A guy can dream!)? I'm thinking probably not, but not sure.
They do make a .338-win mag in LH, but it is a little longer and a little heavier. I haven't had a chance to hold one yet, so maybe I'd like it as much.
I do understand the availability and cost of ammo issues for the .325, so for the sake of this comparison (.325 vs .300) leave that out. I'm a reloader in training and would look forward to the challenge.