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Went to Sportsmen center and Harry's yesterday looking for a new rifle . I really like the Tikka 300 WSM . It will be mostly for the tri state area's Bear and deer .I figured I would be hunting mostly hard woods so I wanted some thing a little heavier.Rifle guys out there what do you think...[up]
 

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Well you can't use it in Jersey, But do you really need a 300wsm here on the east coast? when a good 30 - 30 works just as good.I can see the 300 for out west hunting = Grizzy, Elk, Ram, Moose, MuleDeer, Buffalo. But if thats want you want Good luck with it. For me I think it is to big for this area.
 

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The 300 short magnums are GREAT rounds. But they will rattle the windows if your hunting in Pa. near " civilization " . Also, they usually are chambered for some of the shorter lighter rifles. Which ='s more felt recoil. I have the Rem. Model 7 in 300SUM with a 22" barrel. Shoots great, but sounds like a cannon and kicks like a mule. I have the same gun in 7MM-08. Sweet:D less recoil and noise, yet it will kill deer and bears both.
 

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They say "you can't kill an animal too dead" so the 300 WSM certainly has the power for black bear and deer. So do the .270, .308, and 30-06. The .270 and .308 have less recoil if that's a concern for you. Others have posted good advice. When considering the calibers mentioned in this thread remember "shot placement" is the key. All of calibers mentioned have the power to get the job done.

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Boy did you hit the nail on the head. Alot of people try to compensate with a bigger cal. to make up for poor shooting. ( not that this is the case )
But the words " shot placement " says it all. And this comes from lots and lots of practice.And how many people feel like doing a lot of shooting with the MONSTER MAGNUMS ? Yea, right. Let's see. Let's got to the range with Mr. Magnum and get the snot kicked out of us, so we can develope a nice flinch :D
Not on my list of things to do:D
 

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7mm-08 for deer:

140gr. Nosler Ballistic Tip 44.5 gr. of IMR 4350
Groups 1" or less out of my Rem. Model 7 18" barrel

For bear :

160gr. Fail Safe 46.0 gr. of RL19
Groups are about 1.5" but they blow a 3"+ hole out the other side of the bears.
Also, the new crop of Factory loads by diff. manuf. are real good if you don't reload.
 

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Thank's Stalker I did some research last nite and the .08 has moved up to the top of my list....
 

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7mm-08 is basically a .308 necked down to 7mm.
It kicks less than a .308 and shoots a little flatter. I bought my son a 7mm-08 Browning A Bolt Micro Medallion w/ Leoupold scope when he is old enough to deer hunt.
 
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