Today's Home on the Range "home weapon" is an Interarms Mauser in .300 Winchester Magnum. A traditional Mauser model 98 action with a sporter weight barrel, mounted in a Bell and Carlson stock. Pillar bedded for stability, and sporting a decent recoil pad to soak up some of the kick. It's trigger is a Timney Sportsman set at 2.5 lbs. The 6x straight power scope is mounted in Leopold steel rings on a Leupold one piece solid base. The bolt has been lapped in, and the muzzle re-crowned.
The .300 Win Mag is a cartridge for large game hunting and long range shooting.
Oh yes, and by large, I don't mean a six point buck. (it's the third one from the left in the photo).
You'll see it in long-range benchrest competition and it's been adopted by Law Enforcement Marksman and by a few specific branches of the US Military for use by their snipers. Maximum effective range is generally accepted to be 1210 yards (1097 m) with ammunition incorporating low-drag projectiles. Sub 1 minute-of-angle (MOA) accuracy out to 1000 yards (914 m) is not unusual in precision-built rifles firing match-grade ammunition. Velocity with a 180-grain projectile at max powder charge and 24" barrel is 2975 ft/s ±25 ft/s (907m/s ±7.6m/s).
But for some basic "meat hunting", the rifle will place most loads into 1.5" at 100 yards, making it an easy 300 yard big game rifle.
Obviously, if you're not having some marksmen training fun and you're hunting out to 300 yards you best be someplace way out in the wild, where you and Simba are pretty much all that's out there. It goes without saying that shooting in more hunted areas, you need to keep things close in for safety and as always, identify your target. Unless I'm on target and I know EXACTLY what my target is, my finger isn't near the trigger. That's just common sense whether you're shooting a paper groundhog, the really, really bad guy or a Bull Moose.
Recoil from the .300 Win Mag is high, much higher than the .30-06 Springfield. Remington has made low-recoil rounds called "Managed-Recoil" available, that kick less and provide performance similar to the .300 Savage. But I like a little kick with my coffee, so the recoil pad works for me and I'll stick with the .300 Win Mag.
It's not a pretty gun. It's plain, utilitarian, and tough as nails. It's a meat gun, built to be hunted with and not pampered. Yet, like other guns in this class, it's not the looks that you'll remember but the adventures it takes you to. Bringing you back to nights around the campfire, stories told in sharp intakes of breath, tales of thundering hooves and the snort of something dark and primordial bearing down on you and your trusty weapon.
I can't use it for hunting in my state but it does see some uses elsewhere, like a trip to the wild, stalking the rogue Yukon Maple-Bacon Quiche (recipe coming up in the comments). The original recipe is a Canadian one, written in French. In translation I might have accidentally added some more bacon.
Oven lighting is not the best but you get the idea. This is not a wimpy quiche. The pastry is a "Pate brisee", another term for pie crust but made with chilled butter instead of shortening. It's flaky and buttery and comes together in a minute using a food processor. Cooked in a springform pan (think cheesecake) instead of a pie pan, the sides are deep, giving the end result a more rugged look, and offering a much higher filling to crust ratio. Heavy recoil makes you hungry. This quiche isn't a girly-girl quiche, small and delicate. This quiche weighs more than an ammo can. There's a quarter cup of pure maple syrup in it, and the flavor really comes through, the sweetness working nicely with the salty bacon and sauteed caramelised onion. My friend Phlegmfatale tried the recipe and pronounced it "fabulous" (and she is a women of incredible taste in all things, food, firearms, fashion and fellas).
I personally love any quiche with bacon on it, but the recipe here is truly special.I don't know about the hunters and snipers, but I'd definitely come out of the woods to have another large slice of this with coffee.