300Wby Throat Gone - 338Win Mag back up

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358Win

Bearcat
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My 300Wby has given up the ghost. The throat is gone and accuracy has gone out the window. Had it confirmed today. Really bums me out. That leaves me without a back up rifle for my Arizona hunt.

So I decided to take my Ruger Mk II 338Win Mag out of storage (it was in a friends business safe that was climate controlled) to use as a back up for my hunt.

It has had 15 factory rounds through it before I put it in storage. I was so busy at that time with my Weatherby's like my 257-300Wby that I did not have time to play with it.

I do not have time to work up loads with all that I have to do at work before I go on my trip. I will purchase some Double Tap ammo loaded with the 200gr Accubond so I can really reach out there if I need to in a certain open area, that is if we hunt that area. So if my 358Win gets damaged I will have the 338Win Mag as a back up.


Here is the 338Winny with the scope off the 30-06 a VX-III 2.5-8x40mm.
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358Win

Bearcat
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Went to the range to fire a fouling round then a three group so as to save what few rounds of Remington Factory 225gr Core-Lokt ammo I have, hoping that my bore sighting was good and I would not have to fire a second three shot group.

Well my bore sighting was exceptional this time and you will see where the bore sighted fouling shot is taped on the target. Then I made an adjustment with my Leupold because I felt I really shot that round well not moving the cross hairs.

The group minus bore is 1 3/4" and good enough for being an emergency back up for my 358Win to hunt with. After firing this three shot group I made a very small adjustment on windage to the left and adjusted the elevation where it was at 2.5" high. Average velocities with the Rem ammo was 2771fps.

Here is the target:
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Here is the average velocity chrony reading:
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358Win

Bearcat
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This is the first 300Wby I had ware out like this and it was not a Weatherby barrel, it was a Shilen I had put on a German Mark V. My 3 other 300Wby's I owned through the years had at least 1500 round or a little more when I sold them and they were still shooting.

It was a bummer to have my throat gone in my 300Wby. It happened between 800-900 rounds. As I said, it was not a Weatherby Krieger barrel, it was a Shilen barrel that was put on an old German Mark V receiver. It always was a rough barrel and fouled easy, I never really did like the barrel because I had to clean it to often to maintain accuracy. Now it shot great but had to keep it clean. I Will have a Krieger or LiLja barrel put on it some time next year.
 

358Win

Bearcat
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Got to digging around in some old boxes in the back of my shooting room and found another full box of 338Win mag 225gr Core-Lokt just like the ones I used to sight in with so my back up is good to go.

I had better lighting today and here are some better pictures of my 338Win.
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6mmsl

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I thought you had a 30-06 as your back up?

Good shooting-Steve
 

358Win

Bearcat
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steve land":32nx69nm said:
I thought you had a 30-06 as your back up?

Good shooting-Steve

I ruined the stock trying to insert pillar bedding post and there is not enough time nor extra money at the time to replace it. Ruger will sell me a stock for it for 275.00 and I want a Ruger wood stock on it. I will be replacing it later this fall.
 

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