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Old 08-01-2010, 10:03 PM
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Default Honest Opinion about 270 WSM?

I'm currently own a Savage (forgot the model name), but it is chambered in the 270 WSM. My question is what do you guys think about the range on this thing with a good (but not god) skilled shooter behind it, shooting out to 1000 yards? And how would this smaller caliber (however, WSM) compare to the effective range of the 308?

Basically I'm I want to have a long range rifle that is inexpensive (preferrably $1000 and under, $700 and under is even better) and I'm trying to figure out if I should get good with this rifle or attempt to sell it and learn how to shoot what may be a better long range rifle IE the standard .308's (if they are better than the 270 WSM).

I've checked other posts on this topic, specifically the 308 vs the 270 wsm, and Ive found many people have completely different views on the subject so I'm pretty much lost.
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Old 08-02-2010, 5:16 AM
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if you already are already intent to stay within budget (aka cheap...) go ahead and shoot it. see what it feels like. you may like it or you may decide that you want something else. as far as cartridges go, your (ahem...) MY greatest weakness is not and never was my rifle- because I sucked and may still do on occasion. forget calibers and trying to figure coriolis affect on your shots. just get some good trigger time behind that rifle, get the nicest glass you can afford, start reloading, and forget about the rest. the longer you shoot LR the more you'll notice that people are moving away from the good ol 308.
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Old 08-02-2010, 5:32 AM
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The .308 is not magic, it just has the military behind it. Look at the two major calibers being evaluated for the AR platform 6.5 and 6.8, that 6.8 is a .277 diameter. Look at the dominant F class calibers.

Your .270 with 150gr pills will shoot, dare I say it, better than a .308 with 175.
.277 150gr VLD BC = .531
.308 175gr SMK BC = .505

To improve the BC much, you'd have to step up to a magnum .30 and longer (heavier) bullets. Just run what you've got. You're splitting *** hairs talking about changing.
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Old 08-02-2010, 6:54 AM
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It's a great round. I'm a 308 shooter myself, but I love my WSMs. The round itself is capable of excellent accuracy. It was designed after the bench rest PPC case. So, whether it is a 300 WSM or 270, the accuracy potential is there. Range wise, 1K should be very easy for the round.
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Old 08-02-2010, 7:22 AM
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As long as you Reload stay with the wsm. The 308 is one of the hardest ways to get to 1k.
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Old 08-02-2010, 9:31 AM
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It's a great hunting round. I have had lots of success with it all the way up to mule deer.

I would not use it to shoot paper though as it is cost prohibitive to shoot the amount of rounds you need to shoot to be a 1000 yard shooter (which you want to do).

My experience is that it has about 30% less drop past 300 yards than 308 but more wind deflection. It also eats barrels up pretty fast.
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The biggest limitation to the 270 caliber is the limited selection of good match bullets.
Obviously you will need to reload to take advantage of these bullets.
The barrel life will be short.
When you rebarrel, change it to a 7mm WSM as there are a bunch of good 7mm match bullets.
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^+1 with a fast twist and the right bullets you can get the 7wsm or 7-300wsm out to a mile.
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Excellent information, I really appreciate the responses. I will just try to learn to shoot the 270 wsm really well and then when the barrel wears out ( i acutally dont know how to tell if a barrel is woren, but I'll be preforming a little search on that one) I'll switch it to the 7mm for the match grade rounds.
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Excellent information, I really appreciate the responses. I will just try to learn to shoot the 270 wsm really well and then when the barrel wears out ( i acutally dont know how to tell if a barrel is woren, but I'll be preforming a little search on that one) I'll switch it to the 7mm for the match grade rounds.
After about 800-1000 rounds, you will notice that you start missing longrange steel targets that you always used to hit and that the groups start opening up.
That means the barrel is worn out.
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