.270 a good caliber for texas hunting?


April 11, 2009, 02:34 PM
I recently bought a .270 caliber mossberg atr 100. I live in texas and was wondering if that had enough power to hunt hog/deer?

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April 11, 2009, 02:36 PM
Way enough. Most of our deer hunting is done with a 223, but a 270 would be good for hogs. Actually, whatever I'm holding works on hogs.

April 11, 2009, 09:00 PM

.270 is plenty "big", and a damn great round.

They are used all over Alaska, are very poular here in the Arctic, and many a Brown, Polar, Black bear, Moose by the ton, and zillions of Caribou have been caught with the old .270.....I see it all the time. :D

Since .270 is Big enough for Alaska, its good enough for little 'ol Texas.

Art Eatman
April 11, 2009, 09:30 PM
Anything in Texas that's too big for a .270, well, I ain't ever seen it--and I sure hope I never do! :D:D:D

Well, okay, it might not be the deal for nilghai on the King Ranch, but that's about all I can think of. Or maybe feral bulls in the canebreaks of the lower Rio Grande...

April 11, 2009, 09:44 PM
Always seemed a good choice to me. Seen them take mulies out west; plenty of range for pronghorn. About the only place I'd think twice would be going after Dahls, but rams are always a lot of work.
Might be a tad much for javelina; but you need magazine capacity for them, mini thirty being right handy once you are up that scrawny tree surrounded by the angry lil' stinkers . . .

April 11, 2009, 09:45 PM
I recently bought a .270 caliber mossberg atr 100. I live in texas and was wondering if that had enough power to hunt hog/deer?


April 11, 2009, 09:49 PM
.270 is enough for anything in the lower 48, and certainly enough for the 90lb whitetails that freaquent the Texas hill country where I live. Jack O'Connor claimed to take game of every size all over Africa with it, and I do not doubt the versatility. I have taken countless whitetail with a 45 year old model 70 handed down from my dad, and he filled his ticket with it every year while he still hunted; still looks perfect & shoots great. My aging eyes did force me to trade the Weaver K4 in for a Leupold VXIII; does not quite look right on this classic rifle. Great cartridge--Would be in the top 3 of all time for versatility.

April 11, 2009, 09:51 PM
Well, there's elephant, in the San Antonio Zoo, but other than that......:D

April 11, 2009, 09:51 PM
A .308 is plenty big enough in N. America.

The .270 good to go ;)

April 11, 2009, 10:13 PM
Jack O'connor I miss you.

April 11, 2009, 10:36 PM
Jack O'connor I miss you.

So do I.

April 11, 2009, 10:42 PM
im pleased with all the responses i was beginning to think i should have gotten it in 30-06 instead but im happy i went with my initial decision of a .270 now

t george
April 11, 2009, 11:48 PM
no 30-06 is way better! lol jk i have both and as far as i can tell the deer really cant tell the diffrence!!! they are all the same amount of dead! well except that one, but that was my fault! good choice with the 270 my uncle who lives in big spring has hunted with one there for 20 some odd years and loves it!

April 12, 2009, 12:14 AM
If it ends in -06, it's worthy, cuz they all got the same "Daddy":


Yeup. That about does it! Have fun and try some handloads. Jack's favorite was a 130 grain projectile, over 60 grains of H4831. To paraphrase him regarding that load,

If it won't group, it's the rifle's fault.


April 12, 2009, 12:28 AM
Accuracy of aim is more important than caliber size, so YES, a .270 Winchester is adequate to overkill for Texas quarry. Since Texas is burried deep in Feral Hogs, let this be our standard of comparision. Since deer are being over-run by feral Hogs in Texas, let's consider the .243 Winchester as the standard Texas round. What does a .243 Winchester 100 grain bullet lack? Certainly not moxy at 2100 ft/lbs of muzzle energy. Even with factory loads, the .243 fares well afield. My 2200 ft/lb loads only add to the pig devastation. TEXAS has a pig problem that will be difficult to correct for years to come. And pigs are gaining ground in Louisiana and Oklahoma. My Ms. Piggie load is a 100 grain Speer Grand Slam backed by 43.0 grains of Hodgdon H4350 and a LRM primer. So a .270 Winnie Pooh load, should be MORE than adequate. Just aim straight! Cliffy

April 12, 2009, 09:21 AM
.270 will take care of anything in Texas!

April 12, 2009, 10:39 AM
The 06 is WAY overkill on whitetail. It might be a little more appropriate with elk, but now days, we have stuff like Barnes bullets that would make Mr O'Connor green with envy and he advocated the .270 for anything in the lower 48 with the bullets of HIS time. Many an elk has been felled with the caliber. But, you said Texas and the toughest thing in Texas is hogs. The .270 is plenty for hogs. Well, Nilgai are tough if you ever get to hunt 'em on the King or the Kennedy. Use a heavy bullet on those. They are exotics, though.

April 12, 2009, 09:25 PM
You cannot shoot deer in texas with anything smaller than a .338 Lapua. Shots are often taken offhand at over 7,000 yards in the freezing rain.....during drought conditions.... uphill.

kidding aside, a .270 is a fantastic whitetail round. I'm not really sure what "overkill" means... I'd rather have a little extra than not enough.

as for the hogs, it will work good also. I'm not sure where you are... but if you have hogs like I do on my lease, you will have ample shot opportunities to try it out.

as for the nilgai down in south texas, a .270 can kill them, but it's never a recommended caliber. Last time I was on a hunt, the guide carried a 33-378 weatherby. I shot that gun once.....once.

Charles S
April 12, 2009, 09:56 PM
I personally think the 270 is about perfect for Texas. It is a bit overkill for the majority of deer you will kill. The power is nice when shooting hogs, and I have shot 5+ hogs for every deer I have killed in the last 4 years, and I kill my limit of deer in Cass County.

I love the 270.

However one would not go wrong with the 243, 260, 6X284, 7-08, 284 Winchester or 308 in a short action, 25-06, 6.5X55, 264 Win Mag, 280, 7 mm Rem Mag, or 30-06 in the long actions. Any of the above is a great general purpose cartridge for North America.

April 12, 2009, 11:10 PM
.270 a good caliber for texas hunting?

Good enough for anything in Texas. How far it will work depends on the shooter not the caliber.

April 13, 2009, 09:49 AM
kidding aside, a .270 is a fantastic whitetail round. I'm not really sure what "overkill" means... I'd rather have a little extra than not enough.

It means you don't need a gun with that much power. You can get it done just as well with a lot less recoil ie, .243, .257 Roberts, 6.5x55mm, .30-30, etc. My personal favorite is the .308. Yeah, I could and have done it with less on deer and hogs. I just like the way the .308 works and the gun it's chambered in. .308 ain't much off the .30-06 until you get to 180 grain loads. I shoot a 150 Nosler BT or 140 Barnes X at around 2800 fps from a 20" barrel. It clocks a little over 3000 fps from a 26" barrel.

If I ever get to shoot a Nilgai, I'll probably tote my 7mm Rem Mag with 150 Nosler Partitions. It should get the job done. I know a guy that's killed several with a 6mm Remington, but they are big and tough and I don't wanna be restricted to the neck and head for targets. Plus, there's a lot of open range down there on the Kennedy and King ranches.

Dr. Tad Hussein Winslow
April 13, 2009, 10:29 AM
Few if any better.

GTS Dean
April 13, 2009, 02:00 PM
A .270 has been my sole hunting rifle since 1977, and it was my dad's for 15 years prior to that. Countless coyotes, Javs, feral hogs, whitetail and muleys have fallen to well-placed .277" 130 gr bullets.

April 14, 2009, 12:59 AM
It should be fine for anything in the state, although since someone brought up Nilgai, you would definitely want to load a heavy bullet and practice a lot before trying it. I have seen a full-size Nilgai killed with a .270 using standard, non-premium fodder-he shot it at 50 yards through the heart, DRT.

April 14, 2009, 01:17 AM
It is good enough to use for everything I hunt in Idaho. Use a Nosler 150 gr. Partition at 2900 fps and it surely will cover everything you'll hunt in the big "T".

Good luck & good hunting,


April 14, 2009, 02:44 AM
The 06 is WAY overkill on whitetail.

Not up here in Saskatchewan(long name,long province) where the Whitetail can hit 350LB. Then there is the Mulies but that's a story for another time.;)

April 14, 2009, 11:50 AM
Well now there are some fools that will tell you if you hunt west of the Mississippi River you need at least a 7 mag or a 300 mag of some sort.
But the truth is if you hunt and shoot well any thing bigger than a .243 Win will do the job.

April 14, 2009, 12:02 PM
I haven't met the mule deer I need an 06 to kill. Lots of folks hunt 'em successfully with less caliber/power. No doubt it does the job, though. The .270 to about the .25-06 just seem more appropriate to me on mulies. But, as I have said, I like my .308, so I'm a bit two faced. :D Add to that the Muley I took in New Mexico was with a 7 mag. :rolleyes: Texas mulies are desert mulies, not as big as the rocky mountain variety found in the mountains of New Mexico, but they're still bigger than Texas whitetail. My Labrador retriever out-weighs an average hill country doe. LOL!

April 14, 2009, 12:57 PM
MCgunner.... I'm not so sure of that... I was visiting my parents in Leakey this last weekend, and I saw a few does that would be pushing the 80 lb mark


April 14, 2009, 06:09 PM
I think I pretty much have at least one of each, and the .270 will take any deer in Texas easily with a 130 grain bullet. It also does the same up here in Michigan's U.P. on 200 pounders with the 130 Gr. N.P.

April 15, 2009, 04:44 PM
which part of Texas?
there are thick woods in the east, long flat nuthin in the west, pretty good hills in central, pretty much anywhere you go you could use a different gun, but the 270 is good most anywhere

April 15, 2009, 05:14 PM
im in west texas

April 15, 2009, 05:35 PM
I should have looked under your name huh? I jest noticed that:D .270 is great, I always hunted with a 30/30 here in East Tex, then we had a trip planned to go to Aspermont then up to Pampa so I bought a model 700 in 7mm mag, a friend of mine brought a .270, we both shot deer at about 300 yards and some a lot closer. Can't go wrong with either one

April 17, 2009, 12:30 PM
I'm a .270 lover for life. I'll use it on everything up to and including moose.

April 19, 2009, 09:19 AM
yep GTG ... rember man you got guys smokin moose with 55 pound bows:what: a 270 with proper shot placement is gonna deliver the kill every time in north America!

April 19, 2009, 12:46 PM
I have seen quite a few elk killed with the 270 and a few deer and well they all died so I say it works just fine. I don't use a 270 cause I have an 06 and I can't see what the 270 can do that the 06 can't but had I gotten a 270 first I don't think I would have given it up for the 06. Great deer round and will work for elk if you get the chance.

April 19, 2009, 01:52 PM
Just use the right bullets.

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