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Review: Wilson Combat 300 HAM'R

Ed Head reviews Wilson Combat's 300 HAM'R

The Wilson Combat 300 HAM The Wilson Combat 300 HAM'R is a great ranch rifle round for AR 15 platform rifles. (Photo courtesy of Down Range TV)

By: Ed Head

By any measure Bill Wilson is a highly successful businessman and self-made man. Trained as a watchmaker he became interested in competitive shooting and competed with some success in early IPSC matches. This led to tinkering with pistols, building pistols for friends, and eventually, starting his gun shop. Now, a major force in the industry, Wilson helped start IDPA, makes arguably the finest lineup of pistols, rifles, shotguns and gun parts available anywhere and has a passion for perfecting hog calibers and rifles.

You see, these days Wilson spends a lot of time on his Texas ranch and as you might suspect the place is crawling with feral hogs. He’s killed hundreds of them and has the perfect laboratory for experimenting with rifles and loads. Settling on the AR pattern of rifles, Wilson has run through all the options, to include: 5.56, .308, 6.5 Grendel, 6.8 SPC, 7.62X39, 300 Blackout, 300 Whisper, 7.62X40 and 7.62X40WT. For one reason or another Wilson found each of these to be lacking and eventually concluded that what he was after was a .30 caliber bullet and cartridge that would feed through a .223/5.56 AR rifle with about the power of the venerable .30-30. This, he reasoned, would give the right balance of accuracy and power with mild recoil and reliability and would be suitable for hunting deer and hogs while having target shooting and tactical uses as well. The result is the 300 HAM’R.

Why HAM’R? Well, earlier, Wilson Combat came out with a cartridge called the 458 HAM’R so it seemed reasonable to call the 30 caliber round the 300 HAM’R. Calling it a 300, rather than a 7.62 begs direct comparison to the successful 300 Blackout. As it turns out, the 300 HAM’R exceeds the performance of 300 Blackout ammunition with similar bullet weights by quite a lot – as much as 300 feet per second velocity and 40% more energy. The case is longer, holds more powder and is about as big and long as it can be and still function with a standard bolt. To quote Bill Wilson, “I’m going to make a bold claim that I can back up with proven performance. The 300 HAM’R is the most powerful 5.56 based .30 caliber cartridge that can be fired from the AR15 platform utilizing a standard .223/5.56 bolt.” while having target shooting and tactical uses as well. The result is the 300 HAM’R.

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