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.300 Ruger Compact Magnum
Type Rifle
Place of origin USA
Production history
Designer Ruger
Designed 2007
Specifications
Parent case .375 Ruger
Case type Rimless, bottleneck
Bullet diameter .308 in. (7.62mm)
Neck diameter .340 in (Bad rounding hereScript error mm)
Shoulder diameter .515 in (Bad rounding hereScript error mm)
Base diameter .532 in (Bad rounding hereScript error mm)
Rim diameter .532 in (Bad rounding hereScript error mm)
Rim thickness .050 in (Bad rounding hereScript error mm)
Case length 2.1 in (Bad rounding hereScript error mm)
Overall length 2.825 in (Bad rounding hereScript error mm)
Rifling twist 1-12" (304.8 mm)
Primer type Large rifle

The .300 Ruger Compact Magnum or .300 RCM is a rimless, short-length rifle cartridge designed for the hunting of Medium-to-Large-sized North American game. It is designed to closely duplicate the performance of the historic .300 Winchester Magnum cartridge, yet to be chambered in a short length action rifle. The cartridge was designed by Hornady and Ruger in partnership and released commercially in 2008 and chambered in various Ruger rifles.[1]

Design & SpecificationsEdit

The .300 Ruger Compact Magnum uses a unique case designed by Hornady and Ruger based on the powerful .375 Ruger cartridge. The case is of a rimless design having the base and rim diameter of .532 in (Bad rounding hereScript error mm) which is the same diameter of the belt on belted magnum cases based on the .300 H&H Magnum and .375 H&H Magnum. This allows the cartridge to have a greater case capacity than a belted magnum case given cases of equal length. As Ruger intended the cartridge to be chambered in short length bolt action rifles[1] the case length was shortened to 2.10 in (Bad rounding hereScript error mm) which is similar to the .308 Winchester case. Unlike Winchester Short Magnum cartridges, the Ruger Compact Magnums share the same diameter from case head to body. This allowed Ruger to chamber the cartridge without extensively redesigning their M77 rifle platform to adopt them to the new Ruger cartridge.

While the .300 H&H Magnum is longer than the .300 Ruger Compact Magnum, the latter cartridge has a greater case capacity than the former. This is due to the .300 H&H Magnum having a long tapered body while the .300 Ruger Compact Magnum follows modern cartridge designs in that it has very little taper and a sharper shoulder. The dimensioned drawing is of the parent case .375 Ruger.

.375 Ruger SAAMI cartridge dimensions - all dimensions in inches (mm)

Performance Edit

Hornady manufactures ammunition for the .300 Ruger Compact Magnum cartridge. The Hornady Superformance Ammunition drives a Hornady 180 gr (Bad rounding hereScript error g) Interbond or SST bullet at 3,040 ft/s (Bad rounding hereScript error m/s) and the 150 gr (Bad rounding hereScript error g) SST bullets at 3,310 ft/s (Bad rounding hereScript error m/s). The.300 Ruger Compact Magnum's greater case capacity, and the "short fat" cartridge efficiency lead to increases in the neighborhood of 150 fps over the H&H cartridge and is essentially the same performance as the .300 Winchester Magnum or .300 WSM.

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Anderson, Petter (23 January 2009), "300 Ruger – en värdig arvtagare?" (in Swedish), Jakt & Jägare, http://www.jaktojagare.se/300-ruger-en-vardig-arvtagare
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