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The legendary .300 Weatherby Magnum....

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.
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30-06 Fan

Yes, a very capable cartridge, but I'd opt for the venerable 30-06. Ammo cost would be a drag for many hunters, just sayin'
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I just love the guys that say it is the same as the 300 Win or 300WS Mag. Not quite cupcake. Had an acquaintance that used one in Alaska for 17 years straight with spectacular results on everything. Is it needed in Pa. no but neither are the Win Mags. If you are a handloader you can download to 06 or 308 velocities and handle anything in Pa. or the east coast.
The only thing the 300 Weatherby gives up to the 338 Win Mag is bullet diameter which doesn't matter with proper bullet placement and placement. If you want to step up go to the 340 Weatherby.
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Boom......
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But whats about the TREE HUNDRED WINNY????
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Fan of the "bee's" here, mostly the Mark V.
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I have one in a Vanguard also Rem.classic 300 ultra, Like 1stlight the cost for ammo and availability. Lugging a 26 inch barrel around is not fun either. When I travel south or out west I always stop in Walmart hunting section, I found ultra in Ga. at 20 bucks a box! bought them all, " 4 ". Lowest price I found for Weatherby $25. Brass is worth that alone

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Glad to see someone so passionate about their shooting rig. But...to say that the recoil is close the the 30-06 is a little mistaken. Here is a table of recoil energies of typical PA Deer/Bear rifles. Recoil energy is based on weight of bullet, velocity and weight of rifle. All of these are hunting weight rifles with typical factory loads. As you can see the 300 WBY is almost 50% more than the 30-06 and twice that of the .270. In order to be a good shot you have to practice and this recoil is not conducive for most hunters to practice off the bench. Recoil management can be learned and for many it is a psychological factor as much as anything. Yes, I have shot the 300 WBY and it does have substantial recoil. It is a awesome cartridge for shooting Elk at 400 yards but is overkill for most of PA (IMO). With the right bullet in a 30-06 or .308 you can do just about anything the 300 WBY can under 400 yards. For where I hunt a 8# gun with a 26" barrel not as handy as my 6# gun with a 20" barrel.

Caliber Load Recoil Energy
243 100grain 8.8#
270 130 grain 16.5#
7mm-08 140 grain 12.6#
7mm Mag 154 grain 20.3#
30-30 170 grain 11.0#
308 Win 150 grain 15.8#
30-06 180 grain 20.3#
300 Win Mag 180 grain 25.9#
300 Weatherby 180 grain 31.6#

A quick check of the Internet found pricing for ammo to be around $55 - $60 a box. I'm sure you can do better on sale or if you reload. I agree that Weatherby ammo that is loaded by Norma is of top quality.

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300 rem ultra 180 grain 32.8#
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As you can see the 300 WBY is almost 50% more than the 30-06
True. Comparing 20 to 31. The OP did say that the recoil is only 11 pounds more than the 30-06, so he's right.

I am a 300 Weatherby guy and have been for 18 years. I drooled over them for years and finally made it happen, 18 years ago. Funny story, my (now ex) wife didn't think I needed to buy a 300 Wby and thought it was a waste of money. So, I put money in a jar until I had enough.

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But whats about the TREE HUNDRED WINNY????
I have one of those too. They are both swell rounds. But the WBY is a little faster, so.......

The 300 Weatherby is definitely a handloaders round. I wouldn't have bought one if I didn't load.

As a 300 WBY fan, I hate the 300 Ultra Mag. It's like that Cowboys fan who grew up in Philly and I'm an Eagles fan.
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