Next 30 cal rifle build caliber help!

dmossu

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Hi All, looking for some advise on what my next rifle caliber should be. The gun will be used primarily for elk/mule deer hunting in Colorado, Wyoming, etc.

I currently have a .300WM with a 1-10 twist that only gets about 2,750-2,800 fps with Berger 215's and I feel that I could do better. I have about 300 Berger 230's that I plan to run through this new build (or the 215's, we'll see).

I'm strongly considering a .300PRC (1-9 twist) or a 30 Nosler. The real question is, would the PRC be that big of an upgrade to the 300WM? If not, would the 30Nosler or 300NM be?

I have read a bunch of good things on the Nosler, but how is the barrel life for everyone?
 

Schw15

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  • Jul 21, 2019
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    Just started playing with 30 nosler and I love the design and case. There are a few others that are really loving the 30 nosler. Not sure barrel life yet mine is roughly 250 rounds down the tube and its a target barrel. I like it because brass is available and easy to get. All great options honestly. I'm pushing the 250 a-tip 2783 but pressure was at 2930 and ran a lot at 2880. I did read some uneasy things about short barrel life but you never know. Other guys are having great luck with the berger 245 h-1000 from 2830 to 2900 from 26 inch barrels.
     

    Elite_KG

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    I run a 30 Nosler. 210VLD Hinter at about 3,050 fps. My accuracy load is 2,930 fps.

    I didnt go 300 PRC because the cartridge is like 3.700” long and needs CIP length magwell and magazines.

    3 buddies run the 300 Norma. Very accurate from what Ive seen. 300 Norma wasn't out when I built my 30 Nosler.

    Norma is king on velocity/power. Uses 338 bolt face,

    300 PRC is just too awkward for me.

    30 Nosler was my compromise. Little mire than 300WM without the belt. I like the case design.

    PS - barrel life is hardly worth trying to compare. The all burn barrels really.
     
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