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    Thinking(haven't got the okay by the boss yet) about getting the Montana in .325wsm. What's the availability and price for .325 wsm factory ammo? I've never seen it down here.

  • #2
    Last year I ordered in a bunch of ammo from one of my distributors. I brought in 5 boxes of the 325 WSM 220 grain loads. I believe it is the only 325 WSM ammo in this part of Alaska as I have not seen any other on the store shelves out here.

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    • #3
      Not much

      I was thinking of a .325 too. Not a lot of ammo around and what was, was over $50 a box. Better buy a .338 instead or a .35 Whelen.

      Bucknrut: In Alaska, unless you are in a major city, some of the more unique calibers may not be available in smaller communities. Those stores stock usually, what is owned in the community and/or what a guide in the community might have them stock for clients.

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      • #4
        Even in anchorage the ammo is far and few. once a store puts it on the shelf its usually gone that day. For now atleast its definitly a reloading thing.

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        • #5
          Must not be any 325 WSM shooters out here as I still have the same 5 boxes. :-(

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          • #6
            Geeeesch!!!

            Oh Boy...I was expecting a kick in the pants on this one, but looks like I took one right between the eyeballs!

            Now 300 vs. 338...the never-ending question. I wish I knew someone down here with these cals so I could shoot them first. I'm afraid that 338 is going to send this little snort sailing!! But, I really don't wanna become dinner either!! Of course I might be sent sailing when Coral hears 50 Bucks a box! And then I would get no dinner...Somebody help!!

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            • #7
              338

              last time i bought ammo for my 338 (several boxes of federal gray box 225 grain) it was $20 a box. i'm pretty sure now i couldn't get ammo for that price though!! i am happy with the performance of my 338's. i also have a 300 and 3006 (2). you gotta ask "where will i be? what will i hunt? what will i encounter? what am i comfortable shooting? what can i shoot with and kill with one shot?" plus a bunch of other questions i'm probably missing!
              anyhow, i've always figured the best way to buy a gun with a disapproving missy in the house is to order her some stuff too, let me provide you with the following links (ha ha!):
              www.zales.com
              www.sephora.com

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              • #8
                Options

                There are several options in your quest for an Alaskan rifle. Sure a .338 is probably the most desireable when you have big bears on the plate. You could go with a .300 WM and carry a few heavy loads for bears. Like after the prime animal is down and you are in the packing out phase of the hunt. If you encounter a bear, it will be up close and the difference in trajectory at 20 feet is not going to matter.

                The good old 30/06 is very popular at the shooting ranges too and with a good 220 or 200 grain bullet an acceptable round that has taken lots of big bears with well placed shots. If you are going to hunt moose, deer, sheep, goats and such, a quality 30/06 while not glamourized by a few letters after its name is still a great capable round.

                Myself, I chose a cousin to the old faithful 30/06, the .35 Whelen. Close enough to the .338. Sometimes approching the .375 with stiff handloads, and not a hard kicker. And to my suprize when I moved to Elim Alaska, 90 miles south east of Nome, there were some on the shelf of the only ammunition supply in the town of 300 people.

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                • #9
                  I owned a 325 WSM last winter sold it because the only ammo produced for it even still now is Winchester 220 grain Power points, Winchester 200 grain Accubonds, and Winchester 180 grain Ballistic Silver tips. The Accubonds did not shoot well through the gun and the other 2 I have no use for personally. Federal has now like twice delayed its production of 325WSM ammo and since they arent pumping it out I believe the caliber is struggling to strive. If Federal would throw out some Barnes TSX's or some Trophy Bonded Bear Claws or another one of the Premium bullets the caliber would likely become more common. I think only Kimber and Browning are making the 325 WSM caliber in a rifle since Winchester went under so its having a hard time taking off. I did just buy a new Kimber Montana in 300WSM which will fill many niches for me.Cant say how it shoots as I havent got the scope for it yet (its on the way) but I will say from first impressions that it is one rock solid little mountain rifle that will be fun to use. She dont look vulnerable at all! Oh and as for ammo, aint none of it cheap anymore, Core-Lokts $28 a box in most calibers, Federal Premium stuff $39- $55 a box in standard to Whissum calibers. Hunting aint cheap!

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                  • #10
                    Missy

                    The best way around an unapproving missy, is don't tell her. If she finds out later, beg for forgiveness. She'll get over it, they always do... If not, kick her to the curb.

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                    • #11
                      I agree...........

                      As was stated earlier,anything a 338 can do,so can a 300.You dont need the biggest gun on the mountain all the time,especially if you cant hit the braodside of a barn with it!!! What good is it going to do if you are not comfortable shooting,afraid of the recoil,etc etc etc.Go with the 300 Win Mag or even the 30-06 (I know a guy who hunts everything with a .308),you can find ammo for it anywhere and it is still decently priced.I would however stay above a 7mm rem Mag though, just for safety reasons.Hope this helps............
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                      • #12
                        Forgot too add.......

                        It's Always Easier To Ask For Forgiveness.......than For Permission!!
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                        • #13
                          Yeah or you can do like me and buy a 300WM a 300WSM and a 338WM and tell the wife, you want me to be properly equipped in a bad situation, right?

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                          • #14
                            Good advice?!?!?!

                            LOL...Young blood flowing through these veins!

                            Originally posted by Larch View Post
                            last time i bought ammo for my 338 (several boxes of federal gray box 225 grain) it was $20 a box. i'm pretty sure now i couldn't get ammo for that price though!! i am happy with the performance of my 338's. i also have a 300 and 3006 (2). you gotta ask "where will i be? what will i hunt? what will i encounter? what am i comfortable shooting? what can i shoot with and kill with one shot?" plus a bunch of other questions i'm probably missing!
                            anyhow, i've always figured the best way to buy a gun with a disapproving missy in the house is to order her some stuff too, let me provide you with the following links (ha ha!):
                            www.zales.com
                            www.sephora.com
                            I think I have pretty much spent all of the time I am going to spend in a Jewelry store. I took care of business the first time I was there. After I had decided on EVERYTHING I was going to buy, the sales folks kept on pressuring me. My final comment to them was, "the only jewerly Coral is going to get after this is going to come in the form of a gold trigger!"

                            Originally posted by 4whlr View Post
                            The best way around an unapproving missy, is don't tell her. If she finds out later, beg for forgiveness. She'll get over it, they always do... If not, kick her to the curb.
                            You don't know Coral too well yet! She is the most amazing woman you will ever meet. YES she will find out, ALWAYS does... and I'd be willing to bet a lot of guns (that she bought me!) that YOU wouldn't throw her out!

                            Originally posted by tjkanavel View Post
                            It's Always Easier To Ask For Forgiveness.......than For Permission!!
                            hmmm....the way I see it, Asking For Permission is like a pass that is good for at least 2 or 3 trips to Cabelas. Asking For Forgiveness only limits the number of Permissions Allowed! Besides that, you have to weigh out your "yes's" and "No's". Expect 3 to 6 No's for every 1 YES! Plan your No's when she is expected to give them, she can only say NO so many times before she HAS to say yes! It's in their nature to be fair and please! Learn to play the game!

                            Originally posted by AlaskaCub View Post
                            Yeah or you can do like me and buy a 300WM a 300WSM and a 338WM and tell the wife, you want me to be properly equipped in a bad situation, right?
                            I AM doing like you cub! Only sticker is that I've got a list longer than my left arm. It's all in the strategy! (Oh Boy...I'm gonna pay hell for that comment later)

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                            • #15
                              Haha. Coral here. You boys are something else. Hilarious.

                              Originally posted by BucknRut View Post

                              Besides that, you have to weigh out your "yes's" and "No's". Expect 3 to 6 No's for every 1 YES! Plan your No's when she is expected to give them, she can only say NO so many times before she HAS to say yes! It's in their nature to be fair and please! Learn to play the game!

                              I AM doing like you cub! Only sticker is that I've got a list longer than my left arm. It's all in the strategy! (Oh Boy...I'm gonna pay hell for that comment later)
                              "Strategy" my *****. Don't let him fool you, guys. :-) Josh has no strategy; he doesn't need one. So long as he tells me everything before he does it, he does/gets pretty much whatever he wants. Perhaps he should share with you what the first gift his "disapproving missy" ever got for him was. :-)

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