.300 Weatherby Magnum

.300 Weatherby Magnum

.300 Weatherby Magnum

.300 Weatherby cartridge
Type Rifle
Place of originUSA
Production history
DesignerRoy Weatherby
Designed1944
ManufacturerWeatherby
Produced1944
Specifications
Parent case.300 H&H Magnum
Case typeBelted, bottleneck
Bullet diameter
Neck diameter
Shoulder diameter
Base diameter
Rim diameter
Rim thickness
Case length
Overall length
Case capacity
Rifling twist1-10
Primer typeLarge rifle magnum
Maximum pressure
Test barrel length: 26
Source(s): Weatherby [1]

The .300 Weatherby Magnum is a .30 caliber rifle cartridge created by Roy Weatherby in 1944 and produced by Weatherby. It has become the most popular of all the Weatherby cartridges.[1]

Background

Roy Weatherby already had experience with other custom cartridges such as his own .270 Weatherby Magnum when he created the .300 Weatherby. Like most of his other magnum cartridges, this is based on a blown-out .300 H&H Magnum case, using the signature Weatherby double-radius shoulder.

Performance

Historically, Weatherby claimed that this is the most powerful .30 caliber magnum rifle commercially available, but the recently introduced .300 RUM and Weatherby's own .30-378 Weatherby Magnum are now more powerful. Of course there are quite a few very large .30 caliber wildcat cartridges.

One must note however when comparing the .300 RUM and the .300 Weatherby Magnum the difference in factory loadings. Performance data is often listed on the side of the ammunition box for those who wish to do an in-store comparison. On average, Weatherby factory ammo is loaded to higher chamber pressures than Remington or Winchester magnum rounds. The Remington round can be handloaded to equal or even surpass the .300 Weatherby in power.

The .300 Wby is in common use by big-game hunters all over the world.[2]

See also

References

  • .300 Weatherby Magnum at Accurate Powder Cartridge dimensions.