My Favorite Cartridges for Africa (Part 8)

by david on October 31, 2012

300 Weatherby Magnum

180-grain bullet @ 3240 fps yields 4100 ft. lbs. of energy and 31.6 ft. lbs. of recoil.

300 Weatherby is available on a very limited basis

            The 300 Weatherby was developed by Roy Weatherby in 1944 and has been commercially available since 19481.  At its introduction, and for many years after, it was the biggest, and badest of the commercially loaded 300 magnums.  The 300 Winchester is very similar, but I chose to own a 300 Weatherby because I wanted the biggest and baddest — that is, until I shot it for the first time.  I was young, tough, and thought I was prepared for the recoil from this beast.  I wasn’t.  I did not cut my eye with the scope or anything like that, but my shoulder was sore for days.  I learned how to properly shoot and brace for recoil before I picked up the rifle again.  Today, I don’t really mind the recoil at all (that may have a little to do with the fact I am a little heavier than I used to be).  As I mentioned, I took this rifle to Africa with me and it performed perfectly, taking all the game quickly and efficiently.  The 300 Weatherby is 30-caliber and has dozens of different bullets available for it.  If you reload your own ammunition, you can load for just about any game species you want to. 

Kissing Cousins: .300 Winchester Magnum, a 180-grain bullet @ 2960 fps yields 3501 ft. lbs. of energy and 25.9 ft. lbs. of recoil.

.300 Holland & Holland, a 180-grain bullet @ 2920 fps yields 3400 ft. lbs. of energy and 23.1 ft. lbs. of recoil 

My Remington 700 Classic in 300 Weatherby






                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               My Remington 700 Classic in  300 Weatherby


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