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H&K 300 .22 Mag

TWalkerTWalker Member Posts: 2,372 ✭✭✭✭✭
edited May 2012 in Ask the Experts
After looking at this one for about a year at a local pawn shop, I finally put a deposit on it and should be taking it home soon. It's an H&K Model 300 in .22 WMR caliber with H&K mount and rings and Weaver K-4 scope. Overall excellent condition but with a few minor stock scuffs and handling dings. Do any of you own one? How well does it feed the magnum cartridge? I've heard that it's hard to make a .22 magnum feed reliably in an autoloader. Any information appreciated.


  • tocamohatocamoha Member Posts: 269 ✭✭
    edited November -1
    There's one on the auction side for 2 grand.Are you paying that kind of money for a.22 mag?A Remington 597 works just fine.It's just a 150 yd. caliber.And 17 hmr is better at that range.22 available with 30,40,and 45 grain bullets.Some will work in semi-autos better than others.Good Luck.
  • TWalkerTWalker Member Posts: 2,372 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    No, not 2K. This gun was reduced to $800 after sitting for a year. It will probably see limited use as I have a .17 HMR for most of my 100 yard and under shooting. My concern is if the HK will work smoothly. Nothing is more frustrating that an an autoloader that won't auto load or eject properly. I'm anxious to see how it does.
  • gunnut505gunnut505 Member Posts: 10,290
    edited November -1
    Paid just over $1200 about 7 years ago for mine; great shooter, made like a tank, shoots anything I feed it, beautiful wood, easy to clean.
    H&K isn't (or at least WASN'T) a fly-by-night outfit when this gun was introduced back in the 70s; wonder who has been whispering anti-magnum thoughts into your sleeping ear?
    And, if you think the Remmy 597 is so much more gun; why is it only $200?
  • oneoldsaponeoldsap Member Posts: 563 ✭✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    I don't think you need be concerned with the H&K not working well ! The Germans don't make things that don't work , as a rule , especially guns .
  • 5mmgunguy5mmgunguy Member Posts: 3,853
    edited November -1
    The H&K 300 is an outstanding rifle. Very accurate and an outstanding trigger pull. Never malfunctions. You will love it!
  • chumchumchumchum Member Posts: 847 ✭✭
    edited November -1
    $800, That is a great deal the factory mount is worht around $500. The gun is worth 6-800 depending on condtion and real nice ones a little more. Sounds like a great deal on a very fine piece. Any extra factory mags. they bring a nice price a 15 round will get you around $125-150.
  • tsr1965tsr1965 Member Posts: 8,682 ✭✭
    edited November -1
    It is not the chambering of a rifle or any firearm that dictates price. It is the quality, rarity, and demand. You buy a CHEAP Remington 597(of which they have had many issues), and it is what you have.

    The HK 300, is an extremely robust piece of equipment, that carries forth the HK legendary traits...quality, accuracy, and extreme reliability. For $800.00, you got a steal on the deal, as the mounts and rings go for $300.00-400.00 alone, if they are the HK mounts.

    Enjoy your new rifle!


    EDIT 1

    Actually, HK, is not just a normal "NAME BRAND", such as Remington, Winchester, or Savage. They have sought innovation, quality, customer service, and reliability in every aspect. They don't revolve around the bean counter's, to some extint. The particular line of rifles in question were made in 22LR, 22 WMR, 223 Rem., 308 Win, 270 Win, and 30-06. They were and ARE the highest quality, most reliable, and one of the most accurate SPORTING(specifically designed for hunting, and sporting use), semi-automatic rifles, ever made.

    The problem with the 22 WMR, and 17 HMR not being chambered in many semi-automatics, has NOTHING...I repeat, NOTHING to do with magazine feeding problems. The Ruger Rotary magazine, of which many were made around, not just the Ruger's, are extremely reliable. What the problem is, is being able to tame the pressure's before opening the bolt. Yes, those rounds operate at quite high pressure's for a rimfire. AMT's design used a series of chamber vents to bleed some pressure back around the case, while other's used stiffer springs, and heavier bolts to try to Raymond the opening of the bolt, until the pressure was at a safe level. With the 17 HMR, there is a problem with dirty bores, creating higher than normally high pressure's. Thus, causing the bolt to open with the pressure's still being dangerously high. Higher pressure's in dirty bores, are an inherant problem with ALL 17's, not the 17 HMR.

    Then lastly, there's the old addage, that you get what you pay for. You definately are not going to get a new Caddy STS, for the price of a Ford Focus. Same goes for rifle's. There are several custom/semi-custom gun maker's out there, of which one of the most prominant in the USA is Cooper Arms. They will build a rifle off one of their base model's, with as much glitter as you want. I have seen some of their Model 57's, in 22 LR, that are not only a work of art on a sttel and wooden canvas, but also a shooting masterpiece. They start around $1500.00, and I have seen them as High as $5200.00. That HK 300, while not a Cooper, is a very rarely encountered beast. It falls into the category of price and demand, and even when they were still in production, were a bit pricey.

  • JuggernautJuggernaut Member Posts: 719 ✭✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    Hmm, the HK 300 is too high priced for a name brand .22 imho and Remington is known for quality especially in the military as my Remington M40 was a camouflaged mechanized killer and of the Remington .22's have been tack drivers as well. The crappy plastic magazine for the 597 seems to have been culprit from the problems that I am familiar with, as most with 597 issues were feeding problems and the steel magazine took care of the problems, however ymmv.
    There doesn't seem to be many .22 wmr or .17 hmr in semi auto and which apparently seemed to be attributed to feeding problems that I am aware of and is one of the reasons no doubt that companies are not producing many, not a fan of the .17 hmr myself and prefer the venerable .22 wmr. Personally I would come up with another quality firearm that is not so overly priced, my .02.
  • TWalkerTWalker Member Posts: 2,372 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    Thanks to all who took the time to reply. I have learned a lot and appreciate your comments and information. I am going to get the rifle next month as I have already put $200 down and I feel that if I ever need to, I should be able to resell it for a good bit over the $800 purchase price since the mounts are the genuine HK quick detachable type. I don't plan to use it other than to test it, then it will go in the collection. My experience with HK firearms has been limited to the early PSP 9mm "sqeezecocker" pistol. I have been very pleased with its quality and carry it almost daily. I will post pictures and a range report on the HK300 at a later date.
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