.325 Winchester Short Magnum Cartridge

The .325 WSM Has An Edge


.325 Winchester Short Magnum Cartridge

Q
I’ve been living in Australia for five years and buy Sporting Shooter because of your contributions. I am a keen deer stalker but wonder with all your experience, if you had only one gun what would it be? I am a .30-06 man, but bought a Kimber .325 WSM which is starting to win me over. What are your two best loads for the above calibres?
– Danny Harkin

A
If I could only own one deer rifle it would most likely be a .325 WSM, which, although it lacks popularity in this country, is a wonderful all-around big-game cartridge. As you may have read, I have a Model 70 Winchester in .325 WSM and shot four deer with it this year at ranges from 70 to 200 yards – all one shot kills. In the .30-06 I load the 150gn Woodleigh bullet and 60gn of AR2209 for 2940fps; in the .325 WSM I am using the 185gn Core-Lokt bullet and 67gn of AR2209 for 2940fps; the 200gn Speer Hot Cor and 60gn of AR2208 for 2920fps; and the 200gn Barnes X and 66gn of Re-19 for 2820fps. The Kimber is a nicely designed rifle fitted with a well-shaped stock. Good luck with it.

 

 

 


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Nick Harvey

The late Nick Harvey (1931-2024) was one of the world's most experienced and knowledgeable gun writers, a true legend of the business. He wrote about firearms and hunting for about 70 years, published many books and uncounted articles, and travelled the world to hunt and shoot. His reloading manuals are highly sought after, and his knowledge of the subject was unmatched. He was Sporting Shooter's Technical Editor for almost 50 years. His work lives on here as part of his legacy to us all.

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