These are our top picks for rifles in .300 Winchester Magnum.
Since it was first introduced back in 1963, the .300 Winchester Magnum round has become a long range favorite of hunters everywhere. This round was originally created through slight modifications of the .375 H&H Magnum round and .338 Winchester Magnum. The result is a round that delivers muzzle velocities of over 3,000 feet per second.
The 300 Win Mag can deliver up to 4,000 foot pounds of energy to the target. The round is lethal on whitetail and mule deer, but it can also be used on elk, moose and even some bears. The round has also been used in sniper rifles in conflicts across the world. In short, it is a versatile round that will get the job done.
The popularity of the round means there are plenty of options on the market for hunters who are shopping around. Here are some of our top picks for centerfire rifles chambered for this cartridge.
Winchester Model 70 Extreme Weather
We will begin with the rifle that kicked things off back in 1963, the legendary Winchester Model 70. It was released side-by-side with the .300 Win Mag cartridge. In the many decades since then, the company has worked on tweaking and improving the design for the 21st century. This model is built for the harsh conditions of a backcountry hunt. This Model 70 features a 26-inch free floating, fluted matte stainless steel barrel with a 1:10 rate of twist. This rifle has the Pre-64 claw extractor this model is known for. The composite stock, which is made from a fiberglass and graphite material, cuts the weight down to seven pounds. That makes this rifle light enough for those tough climbs up and down ridgelines in pursuit of that elusive buck or bull. The rifle has a capacity of 3+1 and is already drilled and tapped for the optic of your choice. Now all you need is an awesome hunt to break it in.
Remington Model 700
This bolt action rifle is one of the classic deer hunting platforms out there. The Remington 700 will put big bucks on the ground season after season. Remington offers several different variants of the 700 that use 300 win mag ammo, but the one we chose to put here is the "Long Range" model. The barrel length is 26 inches and it is made of carbon steel with a 1:10 rate of twist. The trigger is adjustable, and it has a Bell and Carlson M40 tactical stock made of a composite material of urethane, graphite and fiberglass that should stand up to years of abuse in the field. Remington includes an extra swivel on the front end for hunters who want to attach a bipod. The company says the aluminum bedding block helps add even more accuracy to the gun. This rifle holds 3+1 rounds and a generous recoil pad helps you make stay on target longer for follow up shots.
Browning BLR Lightweight
If you spend a lot of time in brushy backcountry areas where fast follow-up shots are a necessity, this Browning lever action is a good option to consider. The .300 Win Mag version of this rifle weighs in at a light seven pounds and features a 24-inch barrel. It has a 4+1 capacity with the detachable box magazine. Speaking of that magazine, it is specially made for pointed-tip bullets. That means you do not have to make compromises on long-distance ammo. This rifle just has a great look with the walnut stock and forend and classic blued finish. This gun features an adjustable rear sight and bead front sight for use in a more traditional fashion, but the receiver is also drilled and tapped for optics. This rifle is ready for your hunting adventures this fall.
Savage Arms 110 Storm
For hunters looking for an adjustable fit hunting rifle that will not break the bank, consider the Savage Arms 110 Storm. Just about everything on this gun can be adjusted to the shooter's frame and preferences. This rifle is fitted with the Savage AccuTrigger system that lets you adjust the pull. The comb and length of pull can be adapted quickly thanks to the AccuFit system. This rifle was made with rough conditions in mind, which is why it features a black synthetic material for the stock. The forend and pistol grip feature soft grip surfaces for additional ergonomics. Further helping stand up to the elements is the stainless steel 24-inch barrel with a 1:10 rate of twist. The detachable magazine gives the rifle a capacity of 3+1 .300 Winchester Magnum cartridges. This is a great backcountry deer rifle that costs a fraction of what more expensive rifles usually go for.
NEMO Arms Omen Recon
Most people looking at 300 win mag rifles are likely looking at bolt action designs, but believe it or not, there is a semi-auto AR-style option for this long action cartridge too. The NEMO Arms Recon is not your average rifle. It uses an adjustable gas system to cycle rounds and has a capacity of 14+1 rounds. This rifle could put a serious hurt on a sounder of feral hogs. It features an 18-inch barrel with a 1:8 rate of twist and is suppressor-ready. NEMO claims this rifle is good out to 1,200, which is pretty wild to think about with an AR platform. The controls are fully ambidextrous and the two stage trigger allows you to adjust the pull between 2.31 pounds and 1.21 pounds. The Magpul adjustable stock lets you adjust the rifle to every shooter's frame. The M-LOK rail allows you to attach a variety of accessories. At $4,900, this is not for everyone, but it is one of the only semi-auto .300 Winchester Magnums you will find on the market.
Browning X-Bolt Hells Canyon
Aside from having a cool name, the X-Bolt Hells Canyon gets high marks from users who praise the rifle for being both a long distance tack driver and for being ergonomically comfortable for all shooters. This gun features a high-quality McMillian synthetic stock that just adds to the ergonomics with its grip style. The stock has a A-TAC S AU camo finish. This rifle is built to take a beating in rough hunting conditions as the receiver and barrel are both finished with a burnt bronze CeraKote. Speaking of the barrel, it is 26 inches long, features a 1:8 rate of twist and is fluted with a threaded muzzle break to help tame the recoil. The trigger pull can be adjusted between three and five pounds. This gun cycles rapidly thanks to the 60-degree short-throw bolt. This is a solid option for older hunters with health issues, especially arthritis, who are looking to stay in the field as long as they can.
Nosler M48 Western Bolt-Action
This rifle is a Cabela's exclusive and it was specially designed for big game hunting opportunities in the American west. The fluted, stainless steel barrel is match grade and is 24.5 inches long. It features a removable muzzle brake for those concerned about cutting down recoil. The composite stock allowed Nosler to cut the weight of this firearm to 7.65 pounds, making it the perfect weight for backcountry applications. The rifle has a CeraKote finish to further protect from the harsh elements. Nosler says they guarantee MOA accuracy when using their ammunition. Most user reviews of this rifle agree, this is a highly accurate gun for big game hunting at a distance.
Mossberg Patriot Vortex Combo
Many rifles chambered in .300 Win Mag are quite expensive, but we understand that not everyone has that kind of money to throw around. Enter the Mossberg Patriot line of hunting rifles that will get the job done for a lower price. One good option here is the Vortex combo. The rifle comes mounted with a solid quality Vortex 3-9x40 riflescope. This scope has a BDC reticle that helps you nail shots at varying distances without guessing. This gun features a 24-inch fluted and threaded barrel and weighs just 6.5 pounds. The MSRP for this combo is only about $567, but the street price is going to be much lower than that. Now every hunter can afford a rifle that can be used on nearly every species of North American big game animal.
Weatherby Vanguard Backcountry
The name Weatherby is synonymous with high-quality big game hunting rifles. The backcountry weighs only 6.75 pounds, making it the perfect rifle for a remote camping and hunting trip. This rifle features a match grade, two-stage trigger, a cold hammer forged barrel that is 26 inches in length and has a 1:10 rate of twist. The stock is hand-laminated and features a raised comb for additional ergonomics. The Cerkote finish will help protect the gun from the elements if your hunting trips turns out to be rainier than expected. Weatherby says they will guarantee sub-MOA groups at 100 yards using factory ammo.
Fierce Edge Long-Range
For the hunter looking for a precision rifle for hunting, Fierce guarantees .50 MOA accuracy out of the box. A bold claim, but one that is backed up by the people who use it. This rifle is light thanks to the composite and carbon fiber stock. It has a free floating, 24-inch match grade barrel and a capacity of 3+1 rounds. The crisp, match grade trigger is adjustable. The one-piece, three-lug bolt locks helps add to the accuracy of this gun. It is also built for hunting in the elements with a Last Guard weatherproof finish that will keep you hunting longer. At $2,800, this rifle is expensive, but the quality here is so good, this may be the last hunting rifle you ever need to buy.