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bcj128
02-12-2012, 6:03 PM
I just picked up a vintage (1974) Winchester Mod. 70 in 270 Win. It was more of an impulse buy, it was a smokin' deal... My main thought was to get it for pig hunting and deer. But I wanted to know, what is the upper limit of the 270 as far as game?

Could I take a large cat, such as a mountain lion, though I'd hate to ever shoot such a beautiful animal. I've hear some say you can take an elk as well (with range and shot placement as key variables...)

Who has any thoughts...

Hamilton
02-12-2012, 6:38 PM
Great rifle and very capable for big game. For a good discussion about the 270 check here: http://www.chuckhawks.com/270family.htm

Bug Splat
02-12-2012, 6:43 PM
270 is a classic hard hitting round capable of taking any large game you can find in the USA. A mountain Lion is actually just as squishy and soft as humans. Have heard of many people taking them with 22lr rifles.

scuds03
02-12-2012, 6:47 PM
270 has a long history of being a successful game round, you will do just fine with it. I just prefer 308 because its alot cheaper.

bcj128
02-12-2012, 6:49 PM
thanks for the info...very interesting read.

Bowhunter_619
02-12-2012, 6:53 PM
Google Jack O'Connor and his thoughts on the .270 Winchester. When I reach into the safe for hunting season the .270 finds it way into my hand from Alabama to California game.

5.56Geo
02-12-2012, 7:04 PM
You will not be disappointed. It's possibly the number 2 most selling hunting round in America behind the 30-06. It shoots flat, flies fast and hits hard. I like it and hunt with it. I use 140grain Hornady InterLock SPBT reloaded by me flying at about 3100fps:D.

Dave A
02-12-2012, 10:47 PM
One of the true classic American hunting cartridges vociferously promoted by Jack O Conner which did a lot to make it popular. It is a necked down .30-06 round with some minor changes at the shoulder.

I personally think it is a bit light for Elk, or anything larger, but a well placed shot would do the job as said by others. It is the caliber that I used to hunt deer for about fifteen years or so after I retired a .30-06 that my Dad gave me.

-hanko
02-13-2012, 10:56 AM
One of the true classic American hunting cartridges vociferously promoted by Jack O Conner which did a lot to make it popular. It is a necked down .30-06 round with some minor changes at the shoulder.

I personally think it is a bit light for Elk, or anything larger, but a well placed shot would do the job as said by others. It is the caliber that I used to hunt deer for about fifteen years or so after I retired a .30-06 that my Dad gave me.
Elk here, heavy bullets, no problem. Once per year.;) One-shot stops 9 years in a row.

-hanko

.300 Weatherby Mag
02-13-2012, 10:28 PM
Great flat shooting cartridge... Mine won't be going on an elk hunt but it is definitely my go to rifle for deer and smaller game..