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savasyn
11-19-2007, 12:58 AM
My friend asked me today if a bolt gun in .270 was a good choice for some very occasional deer hunting. From the rest of the conversation, it sounds like he's looking for one rifle that would do all that was needed if you were stuck up in the mountains. I know nothing about this caliber other than what I was able to google. Seems like people like it. Any opinions from the experienced?

How hard does it recoil compared to .308 in a standard weight hunting rifle? I ask because I suggested he go .308(only because I'm more familiar with it) but he thought that would kick too much. I suggested that in the conditions he's suggestion, recoil was less of a concern than carrying weight as he'd be looking at one or two shots a day with hours of carrying.

I know I'm not giving you guys much to here, but I'm not a hunter so I don't even know what to ask.

Bobula
11-19-2007, 1:28 AM
I hunt with a .270 winchester model 70. My friend uses a Ruger chambered in .338 win mag. He can shoot almost twice the distance and his rifle is alot lighter, but my ammo is about 1/3 the price of his, and kicks ALOT less.
IMO, .270 is small enough for the small game and big enough for the big game in California. Just don't be trying 1,000 yard shots.

Fjold
11-19-2007, 7:46 AM
The 270 is the 30.06 necked down to .277 diameter. It will have more velocity with the 90 - 150 grain bullets than the 308 Win with bullets of similar weight.

The only issue with the 270 not shooting well at 1,000 yards is that are very few if any, match quality bullets made for it. It was built as a hunting round and never really competed as a match cartridge.

IMHO it is an excellent deer and medium-large game round and in the hands of an excellent hunter/marksman an adequate Elk round.

Hoop
11-19-2007, 8:15 AM
.270 is a great caliber, but if he wants to hunt elk etc he'll probably want more gun. Maybe a 300 win mag.

Incidentally, I know someone with a nice .300 win mag for sale ;)

kurac
11-19-2007, 10:05 AM
.270 is one of the best all around cartridges

rg_1111@yahoo.com
11-19-2007, 10:31 AM
.270 is good and light recoil. Will shoot 300 yards with very little bullit drop.
He might want to go with .308 for distance with a muzzel brake for less recoil.
Ammo for .308 is easy to find cheaper. I know Wal-Mart has .270 for $11.97 a box of 20. you can buy .308 ammo for less.

StraightShooter
11-19-2007, 10:38 AM
.270 is an excelent all around hunting round. It is quite accurate to 400 yds with very little drop and packs enough punch for pretty much all north american game animals. My dad has a remington in .270 and this last spring he took a nice black bear with it at 250 yds and it dropped straight in its tracks.

savasyn
11-19-2007, 10:44 AM
.270 is good and light recoil. Will shoot 300 yards with very little bullit drop.
He might want to go with .308 for distance with a muzzel brake for less recoil.
Ammo for .308 is easy to find cheaper. I know Wal-Mart has .270 for $1197 a box of 20. you can buy .308 ammo for less.

.270 is $1197 for a box of 20??? I'll stick with .50BMG ;)
I assume you mean $11.97, right?

Thanks for all the info, you guys, I'll forward this thread on to him.

rksimple
11-19-2007, 10:46 AM
270 and 30-06 are a couple of the most popular hunting rounds out there. Every animal on this continent is sure to have fallen to both. I chose the 30-06 for more versatility in handloading.

ar15barrels
11-19-2007, 2:27 PM
Nothing less than a 338 Lapua will do.
The deer are wearing kevlar vests now... :D

Mike's Custom
11-19-2007, 2:43 PM
The 270 is a great gun for hunting. Works great on pig and deer or coyote. One of my wholesalers salesman uses the 270 for everything in the lower states including bear and elk if he can get close enough. Shot placement is everything. I just heard of a guy shooting a deer 3 times with his 300 mag before it went down. Now that is bad shooting.

Bobula
11-19-2007, 3:33 PM
If your friend is local I'll let him shoot mine

savasyn
11-19-2007, 4:14 PM
What would be good brands to look for, as far as the rifle goes? I would imagine that Remington, Winchester and all the other common MFRs make rifles in .270.

Bobula
11-19-2007, 4:15 PM
I paid $550 for my winchester 70 with rings/scope/sling studs.

ar15barrels
11-19-2007, 4:20 PM
I would imagine that Remington, Winchester and all the other common MFRs make rifles in .270.

You imagined correctly.

Hunter
11-19-2007, 5:20 PM
I just passed on my granddad's .270 down to my son this season (first year he could hunt deer) and he took his first two bucks with it. One shot each with 130 gr.PSP. Both bucks dropped stone dead at 100 yrds. I recalled that at the range he made a comment on the recoil after sighting it in (6 rnds), but when I asked if he felt the recoil after he shot the bucks he said he didn't feel a thing!:p

alex092957
11-19-2007, 6:39 PM
A-BOLT 270WSM BOSS GREAT RIFLE 4 EVERYTHING !!!!