The .300 Winchester Magnum was created in 1963 by the Winchester Repeating Arms Company for long-range shooting. A .300 Win Mag is becoming more and more popular for hunters because the round carries further than most other ammunition. A max distance for a 300 Win Mag is around 1200 yards and is trusted by competition shooters across the globe at 1,000 yards. The United States military has adopted the .300 Win Mag for many of their sniper rifles because of the increased power and accuracy at ranges over 1,000 yards. Today’s blog is focused on the 300 WIn Mag rifles that we know and love, such as the Mossberg Patriot, Ruger Precision Rifle, Tikka T3x, Bergara Woodsman, and the Remington 700 Tactical. Normally, we like to review rifles that are more affordable for the avid hunter, but these rifles are all very expensive and meant for the most serious of hunters and sportsmen.

 

Ruger Precision Rifle

The Ruger Precision Rifle is one of the best all-around rifles in the world for accuracy, durability, reliability, and ergonomics. The recoil is significantly reduced due to the buttstock absorbing the force, directly through the receiver instead of the traditional recoil pad and bedding system. Ruger has always been known for having a great trigger and the Ruger Marksman Adjustable trigger in this rifle is phenomenal. You can adjust the strength of the trigger pull with an Allen wrench from anywhere between 2.5-5 lbs of force, to fit your specific comfort level. Personally, I’d adjust mine to the lowest setting (2.2 lbs) because I find myself to be much more accurate with a trigger pull less than 3 lbs. As you adjust the trigger, you can adjust the length of the pull and comb height for optimal comfort and customization. This rifle is chambered in a .300 Win Mag, giving it more power than a standard 30-06 and better accuracy at ranges exceeding 700 yards. This is incredibly expensive, but there is no doubt that it’s worth every penny if you’re a big game hunter (Elk, Moose, Bear, Big Horn Sheep, Mule Deer).

Specs:

Brand Ruger
Model Name Precision
Caliber .300 Win Mag
Action Bolt Action
Capacity 5+1
Barrel Length 26″
Length 52.5″
Weight 15.2lbs
Stock Folding/Adjustable Stock
Grip AR tactical
Trigger pull weight 2.2 lbs
Safety Ambidextrous Manual Safety
Finish Matte
Twist rate 1:9″
Color Black
Price $1,599.97

 

Pros:

  • Customizable trigger, comb height, and stock
  • 1:9″ twist rate allows for heavier grain bullets, which will spin them faster and further while maintaining accuracy
  • AR-15 tactical grip and folding stock provides better ergonomics than most other rifles on the market
  • Ambidextrous manual safety lever for better security
  • 6 round capacity is better than most other hunting rifles

Cons:

  • After you put a scope on this rifle, you’re looking at well over $2,000 (Still worth every penny to me)
  • A very heavy rifle that would make it difficult to carry in rugged terrain

Features:

  • 30 MOA Picatinny rail secured with # 8-40 screws for increased long-range elevation capabilities.
  • 18″ aluminum free-float handguard is black hard-coat anodized aluminum and features Magpul® M-LOK® slots on all four sides for improved scope clearance for long-range scopes and easy mounting of M-LOK-compatible rails and accessories.
  • Ambidextrous manual safety
  • “Lower” magazine well halves are precision machined from aerospace-grade 7075-T6 aluminum and are Type III hard-coat anodized for maximum durability.
  • Handguard includes integral QD sling attachment points to eliminate the need for additional adaptors
  • Cold hammer-forged, chrome-moly steel barrel with 5R Rifling at minimum bore and groove dimensions, minimum headspace, and centralized chamber.

Where Can I Buy The Ruger Precision Rifle?

Buying directly from Ruger is going to give you the best overall buying experience because you’ll know your rifle is covered if something breaks during shipment or something isn’t right on the rifle. The only other place that offers some form of protection is Palmetto State Armory and you might get a limited warranty from RK Guns or Cabelas.  One of many great things about this rifle is a lot of them have been made to meet the demand, which means you get a used Ruger Precision Rifle a few hundred dollars cheaper at places like Gun Broker and Armslist. With the discounts offered to go with the warranty that Palmetto State guarantees are worth the money and time to buy from them.

Ruger Precision Bolt Action Rifle, .308 Win ‒ 18004

 

 

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Tikka T3 Lite 300 Win Mag

The Tikka T3 Lite is the lightest of all the rifles on this list (6.3 lbs) built with a cold-hammer-forged 24.5″ barrel and interchangeable grips. The Tikka T3 has an adjustable trigger to drop the pull weight to as low as 2 lbs. Fortunately, all Tikkas are equipped with a manual safety lever to prevent a fire from catching the trigger on a tree branch. Even with more force from the Magnum round, this Tikka presents almost no recoil and guaranteed sub MOA at 100 yards. Tikka barrels have always been incredibly advanced, but now they’ve tried some newer technology into their stocks. Tikka used a polymer to reinforce the strength of the fiberglass stock, making it more sturdy, durable, and improves the felt recoil from a synthetic stock.

Brand Tikka
Model Name T3 Lite
Caliber .300 Win Mag
Action Bolt Action
Capacity 3+1
Barrel Length 24.5″
Length 44.5″
Weight 6.3 lbs
Stock Synthetic
Grip interchangeable synthetic
Trigger pull weight 2.0 lbs
Safety Manual Safety
Finish Matte
Twist rate 1:11″
Color Black
Price $700

 

Pros:

  • Very light (more than 50% lighter than the Ruger)
  • Affordable for Tikka
  • Interchangeable grips allow for better customization with the ergonomics
  • Tikkas are like Oakely of guns, you know it’s going to cost more, but the quality and ingenuity is always ahead of the competition
  • Incredibly accurate at sub 1 MOA at 100 yards (guaranteed)
  • Durable enough to take anywhere in the world and stand up against the elements and the wear and tear of hiking up and down mountain tops
  • Powerful enough to take any big game you’d ever want to hunt

 

Cons:

  • As with all Tikka rifles, the only thing I don’t like as much is the synthetic stock. It’s kinda crazy to think that a rifle so masterfully made is fitted with a stock that feels like they ran out of creativity when it came to the stock.

Features:

  • Cold-hammer forged barrel
  • Detachable Single Row Synthetic (T3 Short Magazine)
  • Single Stage, Adjustable Pull (2-4 lbs.)

Where Can I Buy The Tikka T3x Lite?

  1. Palmetto State Armory
  2. Tikka
  3. Cabelas
  4. Gun Broker
  5. Armslist
  6. Utah Gun Exchange

 

Tikka T3 Lite .300 Win Mag Rifle - JRTE331

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Remington 700 XCR Tactical

The Remington 700 Xtreme Conditions Rifle (XCR) Tactical is built for the most extreme climates you could face while hunting. Their patented TriNyte Corrosion Control System is very expensive but extends the life of your rifle by decades. Most hunting seasons are in the late fall to early winter and picking back up when all the snow melts in the Spring. This makes for uncomfortable weather to be in, such as snow, rain, sleet, hail, high winds, and anywhere from -20 to 100 degrees Farenhight. The TriNyte added to the entire rifle creates an incredible layer of hardness to prevent anything from soaking into the metal. Also added to the XCR is the X-Mark trigger, which replaces the trigger in the 700 models, which was one of the only knocks on this gun. This trigger allows you to adjust the trigger pull weight and length of pull to optimize your own comfort level and preferences.

Specs:

Brand Remington
Model Name 700 XCR Tactical
Caliber .300 Win Mag
Action Bolt Action
Capacity 3+1
Barrel Length 26″
Length 45.75″
Weight 8.5 lbs
Stock Composite, Tactical Bell & Carlson
Grip Composite
Trigger pull weight 2.0 lbs
Safety Manual Safety
Finish Matte
Twist rate 1:11″
Color Black
Price $1,250

Pros:

  • X-Mark Pro Adjustable allows for better customization with your trigger pull
  • Black TriNyte PVD Corrosion Control System will extend the life of this rifle by years, even in places with heavy rain like Washington or Oregon
  • Fluted barrel cuts down on the weight while maintaining efficiency and accuracy of the rifle
  • As with all Remington Rifles, this 700 is very similar to the M14 Sniper Rifle used by U.S. Army snipers

Cons:

  • People have reported accidental firing with this gun being nudged or dropped, even on safety. I haven’t seen these issues because I try to always maintain muzzle and trigger discipline at all times.
  • Very Expensive for a Remington

Features:

  • Tactical Bell & Carlson stock in OD Green w/black webbing
  • Black TriNyte Corrosion Control System over 416 stainless steel for uncompromised strength and corrosion/abrasion resistance
  • 26″ varmint-contour 416 stainless steel barreled action with dish-style target crown, drilled and tapped for scope mounts
  • X-Mark Pro adjustable trigger, hinged floorplate magazine, dual front swivel studs, and rear stud
  • Free-floating barrel with LTR-style fluting

 

Where Can I Buy The Remington 700 XCR Tactical?

  1. Palmetto State Armory
  2. Remington
  3. Gun Broker
  4. Armslist
  5. Utah Gun Exchange

 

 

Remington 700 XCR Tactical .300 Win Mag Bolt Action Rifle - 84462

 

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Bergara B-14 Hunter

Bergara may be known more for their barrels, but all of their rifles from stock to muzzle are made with incredible care and precision. This is the starter-level B-14 Series Hunting rifle that is specifically designed to be the lightest of all the Bergara rifles. At $945, I would consider this rifle over the Remington because I have never liked the comb on the Remington stocks. I always have to add either duck tape or find an aftermarket stock with a raised comb for Remington rifles. This Bergara has a better line of sight and the company guarantees sub MOA right out of the box. With a lower twist rate, the barrel can handle heavier ammo for long-range shooting in the mountains or in large valleys. The Woodsman has an incredibly easy trigger pull that breaks at 3 lbs of force and resets with the crispness of fall air.

Brand Bergara
Model Name Hunter
Caliber .300 Win Mag
Action Bolt Action
Capacity 3+1
Barrel Length 24″
Length 44.5″
Weight 7.4 lbs
Stock Composite, Tactical Bell & Carlson
Grip Composite
Trigger pull weight 3.0 lbs
Safety 2-position Manual Safety
Finish Matte
Twist rate 1:10″
Color Walnut Stock/Frame
Price $942.00

Pros:

  • Lightweight
  • Durable
  • guaranteed sub MOA accuracy
  • Aesthetically beautiful with the real Walnut stock
  • The max distance for this rifle is well over 1,000 yards
  • Most Affordable Bergara rifle
  • Composite stock prevents it from ever corroding

Cons:

  • None

Features:

  • Drilled & Tapped for Rem 700 Bases
  • Sub MOA
  • Bergara Curved Trigger
  • Hinged Floorplate
  • American Style Walnut Stock

 

Where Can I Buy The Bergara B-14 Hunter?

  1. Palmetto State Armory
  2. Bergara
  3. Gun Broker
  4. Armslist
  5. Utah Gun Exchange

Bergara B-14 Hunter .300 Win Mag Rifle - B14LM101

 

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