The .300 Winchester Magnum is one of the most popular hunting cartridges ever developed and has remained a staple of American hunting culture ever since the 1960s. If you can find a great rifle to pair with these cartridges, you’ll have a capable hunting firearm that is versatile enough for any hunting expedition and will last for years.
Today, let’s take a look at the best .300 Win Mag rifles on the market so you have a great firearm for your next hunting trip or target shooting competition.
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Comparison of the Best .300 Win Mag Rifles
Below is my list of the best .300 Win Mag rifles for 2021. I list the best choices in terms of value, performance, design, and cost.
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What to Look for in a Quality .300 Win Mag Rifle
1. Barrel Length
First off, consider the barrel length. Longer barrels are highly correlated with increased accuracy, which is saying something given the overall accuracy of the 300 Win Mag cartridge. Considering the .300 Win Mag is based on a shortened, necked-down .375 H&H — one of the most popular cartridges for hunting dangerous game — it needs some runway to ensure proper powder burn, so stick with a 24-inch barrel or longer.
Indeed, 300 Win Mag rifles are already a little more accurate than .308 Winchester rifles since they maintain their projectile’s velocities over distance thanks to their larger cartridge.
Still, barrel length plays a big role in accuracy – especially when considering your farthest effective range. Longer barrels also mean more weight and increased mass. It’s a bit of a tradeoff, but for most hunting and target shooting activities, longer barrels are usually better.
Also think about the capacity of a given 300 Win Mag rifle before purchasing. Most of these rifles have low capacities of around three cartridges per magazine, although some push this a little further and go up to four cartridges total when you count the cartridge loaded into the chamber.
There’s no right or wrong answer here, but higher capacities are a little or convenient since they allow you to take another shot or two before having to reload. This may make all the difference in a hunting situation whenever shot counts.
The materials that make up a 300 Win Mag rifle are also highly important. You can find many top-tier rifles that use wood for the stock or grip, which is great for aesthetics and overall durability. Even more commonly, you can find 300 Win Mag rifles that are made with composite or steel materials.
These are usually great since they imbue the weapon with longevity and overall durability. Many stainless steel parts are also great since they don’t corrode very easily and should last for a long time to come.
In general, more durable components are always a plus.
Keep the overall weight of a 300 Win Mag rifle in mind before you purchase. Heavier rifles may have more durable components or slightly higher capacities, but they’ll also tire you out a little more quickly. This could make all the difference during a hunting expedition where you need to lug your rifle and other equipment around for many hours on end.
5. Scope/Mounting Options
Lastly, check to see whether a 300 Win Mag rifle comes with a scope in the purchase or, barring that, what its other optical attachment choices are. Some rifles come with either Weaver or Picatinny mounting rails, which make them easy for you to combine with your favorite optic. Others might have more limited mounting systems.
6. Comparing the .300 Win Mag to .308
The Best .300 Win Mag Rifles Reviewed
Best Overall (Top Choice):
Remington is one of the most well-known firearm manufacturers in the world, and the Remington 700 helps demonstrate why.
There’s a lot to like, including a special corrosion control system that makes this rifle impervious to even the worst hunting weather or other conditions. It’s an extremely durable piece of equipment, made with stainless steel and other composite materials for added durability.
It features a three-round capacity and a long barrel length of 26 inches. Even with these aspects, it only weighs 8 ½ pounds, so it’s easy to carry around for even the longest hunting hikes.
It delivers unparalleled accuracy and fantastic performance, partially because it comes with an externally adjustable trigger. This allows you to customize the trigger pull so every shot is as accurate as possible. We also really like the tactical beavertail fore-end for added balance. The barrel has special fluting to keep it cool, too.
Other excellent features include pre-drilled holes already set for scope mounts and a hinged floorplate magazine for fast reloading. All in all, it’s a high-quality piece of equipment that’ll suit you for both hunting and target practice competitions.
What we liked:
- Durable construction
- Comes with an adjustable trigger
- Excellent size and weight for accuracy and endurance
- Can be used with most mountable optics
What we didn't:
- No easy mounting rail
This next 300 Win Mag rifle is another highly accurate firearm with a 26-inch barrel. Even more importantly, the Savage Arms 110 allows you to customize the length of your trigger pull so it’ll offer a customized shooting experience every time you take aim.
It also features their special “AccuStock” rail system – which secures the action of the rifle three-dimensionally across the entire length of the weapon for even better stability and balance.
The rifle is made with a gray synthetic stock that’s actually fairly comfortable without slipping too easily on your shoulder. The weapon comes with an adjustable muzzle brake for even greater performance and recoil control, plus a soft grip overmold at the fore-end.
All in all, this is an incredibly easy rifle to hold and keep control over, particularly when you consider the textured pistol grip surface. It’s a fantastic beginner’s 300 Win Mag rifle due to all these aspects and it’s relatively affordable asking price.
What we liked:
- Very easy to hold
- Trigger is fully adjustable
- Full 26-inch barrel
- Adjustable muzzle brake
- Textured surface
What we didn't:
- No scope system out of the box
- Barrel thread pitch is 9/16 x 28, which will make fitting a suppressor a challenge
Best Classic Walnut Stock:
Winchester enters the mix with the Winchester 70 Featherweight – a quality bolt action rifle that focuses on an easy-to-carry package. It’s one of the more affordable high-quality 300 Win Mags on the list and at just over 7 pounds offers an easy-handling, maneuverable package designed for carrying deep into the backcountry.
There are tons of features to make it worth your time, including a special controlled round feeding mechanism that reduces the likelihood of jamming.
There’s also a three-position safety for added user control, and an M.O.A. trigger system, which guarantees that every trigger pull will be crisp, responsive, and quick to reset. The Pachmayr Decelerator pad soaks up felt recoil which both brings the classic-looking rifle up to date & offers a more comfortable shooting experience than the Winchester 70s of yore.
The rifle comes with a walnut stock and a satin finish for durability and a textured grip section. Not only does it look great but that grippy texture prevents the rifle from moving around when you’re resting the stock against your shoulder, preventing chaffing and unwanted noise when tracking a target.
This lightweight 300 Win Mag rifle is a perfect bolt action firearm for deer, hogs, and many other types of hunting.
What we liked:
- 10-15% lighter than other rifles
- Stable & minimal felt recoil
- Good trigger and safety systems
- Excellent aesthetic
What we didn't:
- Most parts aren’t made with stainless steel
- Shorter barrel
Lightest .300 Win Mag Rifle:
This 300 Win Mag rifle is also fairly affordable and weighs only 7 pounds, making it the lightest choice on our list. The Browning X-Bolt features a low luster finish on the receiver and barrel, and the walnut color both looks great and prevents glare or reflection from giving away your location during a hunting trip.
Even better, it features a feather trigger mechanism that doesn’t cause trigger creep or take up, so each pull should be crisp and clean. It also features a center-fed rotary magazine and a soft recoil pad.
These features work to offset the lighter weight (meaning less overall mass & potentially more felt recoil) to make every shot you take a little more comfortable, and reduces the likelihood of recoil anticipation – so you can get more shots on target. It also makes it an ideal choice for smaller people, like teens on their first hunting trip or women.
The trigger is fully adjustable and the rotary magazine can also be detached quickly and easily for fast reloading. The rifle is already drilled and tapped so you can add your favorite optics to the weapon in a snap. All in all, it’s a great firearm that’s suitable for beginners practicing and experienced hunters alike.
What we liked:
- Very lightweight compared to the others
- Soft, recoil absorbing stock
- Comes with a great walnut finish
- Fairly affordable
- Trigger is crisp and adjustable
What we didn't:
- Other options are more durabile
- No stainless steel options
This last 300 Win Mag rifle is a fantastic option from Remington. The Remington Model 783 comes with a 24” barrel and weighs 8.5 pounds. Although it’s a little shorter and a little heavier than several other options, it’s still a great choice thanks to the dual pillar bedding platform that allows the barrel to free float. This ensures even greater accuracy at range and fantastic shot-to-shot consistency, so it’s an ideal target shooting rifle.
Additionally, the rifle comes with a carbon steel barrel: this is easily the best material for modern barrels thanks to its durability and light weight. Perhaps most compellingly – the rifle comes with a pre-mounted and bore-sighted 3-9x40mm riflescope. This means you don’t have to combine it with another scope or purchase an additional optic at all. The scope is surprisingly accurate out of the box, too.
Add to these excellent features a three-round steel detachable magazine and an aesthetically pleasing walnut stock and you have a great firearm through and through.
What we liked:
- Comes with a pre-mounted optic
- Crisp, adjustable trigger system
- Carbon steel barrel
- Barrel free float for additional consistency
What we didn't:
- Barrel length could be a little longer
- Heavier than other options
Wrapping it up
Ultimately, the Remington 700 XCR Tactical .300 Win Mag Bolt Action Rifle does a fine job of representing the exceptional performance a good 300 Win Mag rifle can offer.
It’s a suitable choice thanks to its overall durability and accuracy, and it features a great barrel and good weight, to boot. Whether you need a great rifle for hunting or general target practice, the 700 CXR – or any of the above options, really – will be fantastic choices. Good hunting!
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