Rich McVey wrote:I dont currently own a "Big Game" caliber rife and I'm looking to buy one.
I had .308 (7.62x51) in mind originally but I like the balistics of the .300 Win Mag. As I was looking around... the .338 Win Mag and the .375 H&H cross my view.
I will mainly be hunting Deer and Elk, but a Bison trip to Montana sounds interesting too.
I can only get the one right now, what do you suggest?
Any of the above will work. In my opinion, the .308 is a bit small for elk and I'd guess even more so for Bison (have limited experience with this rifle). The .338 (my brother has one) is a great elk rifle and probably a fantastic choice for bison, but a little on the large side for deer (wasted meat). I shoot a .300 Win Mag. I chose this rifle because of it's ability to shoot flat (great for long distance shots such as in eastern WA) and pack a punch. I believe it's a bit large for deer (not ridiculously), but will take out elk and bear with no problems (I mainly hunt elk). Therefore, of the three, I'd suggest that for all applications listed (admittedly, I'm biased). This rifle will certainly test your shoulder compared to a .30-06 though, so don't plan long sighting sessions at the range. Another option might be a 7mm, which I have less experience with, but know is also a very versatile rifle. If you're going to be carrying the rifle around all day, then you should consider the weight of the rifle too. My .300 is heavier than most of my hunting partner's rifles and carrying it around all day can be taxing. However, if you go with a lighter stock on a gun like this or the .338 then you might find just the thought of firing it will make you flinch. My 2C.
Hope this helps and good luck with your decision.