So as to politely discontinue my semi-hijack of another post...……..
Developed from the .300 H&H Magnum parent case in the WW II era, the .300 Weatherby has been one of the world's premier go-to cartridges for medium and large, non-dangerous game and long-distance hunting for nearly 75 years.
The .300 Weatherby is a near perfect balance of power, performance, economy and shootability.
Contrary to uneducated, preconceived myths by those who have "heard all about it", the .300 Weatherby recoils with only 8-12 more ft/lbs of free recoil energy than the .30-'06 in rifles similar weights. It's mythical muzzle blast is barely 5% louder than the .30-'06 as well (165 db vs 156 db)…...impercievable with hearing protection on the range or without in the woods.
Rifle selection offers a variety of choices...…...most of them from Weatherby, themselves. Prices for a brand new .300 Weatherby rifle start under $500. Rifles in .300 Weatherby Magnum can be had as light as 6 3/4 lbs. The $500 Vanguard weighs in at 7 1/2 lbs …….same as a .30-'06 or .243 Win in the same rifle...…….and is a scant 2" longer than the '06. A box of brand new Weatherby ammo (loaded on some of the best brass in the world) can be had for under $32/box.
The positives of the .300 Weatherby Magnum FAR outweigh any perceived negatives, propogated by folks who have not a clue of that which they speak. The .300 Weatherby has been in the woods since 1944 and to this day remains a HUGELY popular choice by folks in the know. They aren't huge or heavy. All rifles are loud...…….the .300 Weatherby statistically no more so than a .308 Win. And the recoil won't make you die. It hasn't killed my sister yet. She's almost 50...….110 lbs...…...size 2. She hunts a Vanguard .300 Mag
In a nutshell, the .300 Weatherby Magnum...………..especially in Weatherby's own Vanguard platform...…….is about as close to the perfect one gun battery on a budget. Capable of groundhogs to grizzly bears for under $500. Just remember that if you are kicking around the idea of making one yours...………..ask someone who KNOWS. Ask for opinions from guys (or girls) who OWN one...…...who have SHOT one...……...who have HUNTED with one. Just because somebody saw one once in a magazine or read something on the internet about one, probably doesn't make them the best person to take "advice" from.