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    Default 300 weatherby magnum, Help please!

    Looking at some 300 Weatherby Magnum rifles for an eventual Elk and/or Moose hunting trip. I know that Id need a brake to shoot it comfortably.
    My question is should I get a 26 or 24 inch barrel. I know I will lose about 100-200 fps with the shorter barrel but will the extra length make it unwieldy to shoot and carry through that kind of hilly/mountainous terrain especially with a brake on the end of the barrel?

    Thanks in advance for your input and advice

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    Default Re: 300 weatherby magnum, Help please!

    Now, just my 2 cent's worth.
    The .300 Weatherby Mag benefits greatly from having the 26 inch barrel. I have 2 buddies that shoot ME Weatherby rifles, and the 26 inch barrels don't bother them a single bit. It wouldn't bother me either.
    The 24 inch barrel is slightly easier to maneuver.
    If you have the right stock design, you shouldn't need a muzzle brake.
    I have shot a Weatherby Vanguard with a stock similar to the MK V's, and actually it didn't feel all that bad to me.
    Now, on the other hand, I had a Ruger M77 in .300 Win Mag, and hated to shoot it, because the butt was too thin, and the heel drop was too much. Kicked like a MULE!

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    Default Re: 300 weatherby magnum, Help please!

    I’d go 26 and would not put a brake on it.


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    Default Re: 300 weatherby magnum, Help please!

    26 inches. No brake. Don't split hairs. Do it correctly, and good luck.

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    Default 300 weatherby magnum, Help please!

    I have a muzzle brake on 308 and no muzzle brake on 300 weatherby mag. Figure that one out. Lol
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    Default Re: 300 weatherby magnum, Help please!

    Quote Originally Posted by mark81253 View Post
    26 inches. No brake. Don't split hairs. Do it correctly, and good luck.
    Why no brake? Does it affect the balance or gun weight? I know it cuts the kick in half-My buddy has a 300 WBY and says the kick is pretty unpleasant

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    Default Re: 300 weatherby magnum, Help please!

    If need be, buy a clamp on muzzle brake. That will get what you need, and not damage the rifle, and keep the barrel at 26 inches.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bajakian View Post
    Why no brake? Does it affect the balance or gun weight? I know it cuts the kick in half-My buddy has a 300 WBY and says the kick is pretty unpleasant
    Unless you want to wear hearing protection while hunting then get the brake.The noise that comes from these things is utterly hideous. Now with that said, I have brakes on anything larger than the .300; i.e. .378, .338-378, .416 etc. I made the mistake of taking an animal with my .30-378 without hearing protection and my ears rang for WEEKS afterward. It really bonged my gong. So now I do not hunt anything with a brake unless I will have the opportunity to put my ear plugs in. OR remove the brake because all of mine are threaded on. I do not know what this does for accuracy because I have never tried.

    I would at least encourage you to try the .300 without a brake before you have one installed on the words of others. At least then you know that the decision you make is from your own experiences.

    Again- best of luck.

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    Default Re: 300 weatherby magnum, Help please!

    Also, depending on manufacturer, the Weatherby stocks are excellent when shooting. They have a great cheek weld, along with minimal drop in the heel, and the butt is extra wide, to help reduce felt recoil.
    I would invest in a good stock first, before putting a brake on.
    If your rifle is an American style, no cheek piece, and straight comb, get specs on the heel drop, and if more than 1.5 inches, you're going to get walloped with recoil.
    Less heel drop, and Monte Carlo style stock will make everything in the recoil department much, much better.

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    Default Re: 300 weatherby magnum, Help please!

    Apologies for speaking out against the break. I shoot enough, it doesn’t cross my mind.

    I’ve had a couple friends screw up good rifles adding muzzle breaks. If you do it, use the Weatherby accubreak installed by Weatherby. They will stand by their work if it went off the rails.

    300Wby is a sweet round.

    If the break makes you more likely to love it and use it... get it.



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