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View Poll Results: Which deer rifle caliber: 6.5CM, .308Win, or .270Win?
6.5CM 34 22.08%
.308 Win 48 31.17%
.270 Win 61 39.61%
Bacon is better than venison 11 7.14%
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Old 07-05-2019, 8:36 AM
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And that's part of the difference. I don't think one or the other is better. They are both adequate deer/pig/elk killing cartridges at what I consider to be hunting ranges (0-300 yards or so). My original suggestion was to find rifles in all of those cartridges and choose the rifle he liked best, turns out he already has a rifle in mind.

Then of course there's this problem that people will almost always suggest getting whatever they have. You like the .270, so you suggest the .270, even though the OP has a .30-06 and a 7-Mag making the .270 boringly redundant. Ultimately this isn't a thread about which cartridge is better, it's which one the OP ought to add to his armory. All things being equal I'm not overly fond of any of the choices as my preferences tend to skew towards the less popular and more interesting cartridges. 7mm-08 has been steadily gaining in popularity, I'll probably have to ditch it soon for something more esoteric just so I can feel cool. Maybe a .300 H&H just so I can call my friends with .300 Win Mags whippersnappers.

Admittedly, a long loaded .270 is a sexy looking cartridge.

Not like any of this matters anyway, I'm not the one that's going to be hunting with it!
I snipped the first parts of your response. I think we probably agree a lot more than we disagree. Especially in regard to more interesting cartridges. Redundancy just doesn't bother me. If someone asked me why I was buying a 280 remington even though I already have a 270win, my response would be "because I didn't have one."

In fact, this was exactly what my dad said when I was shopping for my 275 rigby. He didn't see the point in so similar a cartridge, especially when good loaded ammo for it isn't common. But it's been something I've wanted since reading The Maneaters of Kumaon years ago.
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Old 07-05-2019, 3:55 PM
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OP, did you buy a rifle yet? If so, what did you buy?
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Your point on weight is valid. Though I don't see many hunting scenarios where I'd want to carry that many rounds.
I carry a box of 20 when deer/antelope/sheep/elk hunting. It's not for the game, it's for everything else.

It only takes coming across an illegal pot grow once before realizing the 4 rounds in your rifle is wholly inadequate if bullets start flying.

It also only takes once getting lost in the dark or badly injured afield to realize more than 4 rounds might be a good thing. Not only for coyote, wolf, bear, and cougar, but for multiple 3 shot distress signals.

When I go varmint hunting, bird hunting, or pig hunting in the Southeast, I take a whole lot more than 20 rounds.
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I ended up finding a good deal on a lightly used Tikka T3 lite in .270. Should make a great hunting rifle. Many years ago I had a Tikka in .30-06. I sold it and regretted it ever since. It did have considerable recoil. So hopefully this one in .270 will be a little softer to shoot. I will probably add a 6.5CM to the lineup some day. But I think I have enough solid options for now (T3 .270, R700 .30-06, R700 7mmRM).

I foundled a Bergara B14 at Sportsmans Warehouse and that is a really nice gun. Also liked the Sauer 100 they had on sale for $550. Maybe one day I'll get one of those in 6.5.
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I ended up finding a good deal on a lightly used Tikka T3 lite in .270.
Good choice, I have one as well.
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Congratulations. I wouldn’t hesitate to buy the same rifle.

You can always get a 6.5cm later as well. You can never have too many rifles.
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Congrats on the new rifle! The Tikka’s are nice & the .270 is well suited for using copper projectiles.
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Those Tikka's are nice shooting rifles, good choice. Now get out there and drop some elfs.
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Like so many trendy cartridges that are billed as the best ever most fail the test of time. Remember the 284 Winchester or 264 Winchester magnum or Winchester’s WSM’s and the WSSM’s or the Remington short action ultra mag or for that matter even the ultra mag line and 8 mm Remington magnum or how about the 6 mm Remington and so many more. If you take a hard look at 6.5 CM’s ballistics it offers nothing new and I believe it will not pass the test of time.
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It's nothing new for blasting critters. Completely different story for blasting steel targets.
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The sauer is a great rifle!! Smooth action as a tikka but feels more precise to me. Hard to explain. You’ll just have to cycle it your self.

Congrats on a new tikka. Get the limb saver for it and you’ll be able to spend hours behind it. World of difference on my tikka in 06.

DZ357... I hope you’re wrong on that as I just drank some of that 6.5 koolaid
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The sauer is a great rifle!! Smooth action as a tikka but feels more precise to me. Hard to explain. You’ll just have to cycle it your self.

Congrats on a new tikka. Get the limb saver for it and you’ll be able to spend hours behind it. World of difference on my tikka in 06.

DZ357... I hope you’re wrong on that as I just drank some of that 6.5 koolaid
Yeah, I handled a Sauer and really like it. But I got a good deal on the Tikka so I went with that. And I know what you are talking about with recoil. I had a Tikka in .3006 that was brutal with 180gr loads. I put a limbsaver on it and it helped a little. I dont expect the .270 to have that much less recoil but hopefully its not enough to need a limbsaver. I think people are wrong about the 6.5 man bun. Every gun and ammo maker is offering their designs in 6.5CM and they are flying off the shelves. Much more popular than any other 6.5 cartridge. It's just as popular if not more popular than .308 and .30-06 in their hayday and those rounds arent going anywhere. I think it took decades of different 6.5 cartridges for the industry to settle on the one that is ready for the masses. Even Army sharpshooters are switching to 6.5CM. I'll be adding a 6.5CM of some sort in the next couple years.
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That’s why I picked up T3X supper lite at sportsman’s and they had seillor and bellot 140 gr fmj for 12.99 and 140 pointed soft points for 14.99$
I bought 5 boxes all together to get some brass and cheap trigger time.
I really like the 7-08 but ammo is no where near as cheap and selection of the 6.5 CM
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I have the .275 rigby version (which I happily bought even though I have a 270win!). An excellent weapon.

I only wish it had been in the budget to get one of the 9.3x62 ones they released last year.
They are pretty nice as well...




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...It also only takes once getting lost in the dark or badly injured afield to realize more than 4 rounds might be a good thing...
Why I always bring at least a dozed arrows when bow hunting...






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I second the pre-fit Limbsaver pad. I didn't need it on my Tikka .243 but it was definitely required my T3 Lite in .300 Win Mag.
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