Western Field, 270 Win Cal. - seeking reviews


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Beyond
November 11, 2010, 08:10 PM
I have a 270 Cal. rifle which I am planning to use for deer and elk hunting.
The ID on the barrel reads: Western Field, Model 720B EHM, 270 Win Cal., Made in West Germany. I would appreciate input as to the worthiness of this rifle for deer and elk hunting. Or would it be advisable to sell it and opt for a more suitable piece. Also would like to know the aprox. market worth of this rifle in the event that I choose a replacement model. It is in very good condition, 24", R.H. Bolt action, Wood stock, Conventional sights and leather shoulder sling.

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Jonny V
November 11, 2010, 08:20 PM
Can you post a (several) photos? Pictures generate interest. If the rifle is a Mauser, I'm for sure interested....Unless it's been trashed. The 270 caliber is perfectly suited for deer, elk, moose, anything but the biggest bears.

JimKirk
November 11, 2010, 08:27 PM
That rifle was made by F. W. Heym. It is made on a Mauser action. They were sold by Montgomery Wards before '68 mail order ban.

There is no reason that the rifle in good condition would not be a fine deer rifle. The caliber is well suited for that purpose.

Jimmy K

Jonny V
November 11, 2010, 08:59 PM
I guess I should have said "Mauser 98" instead of just "Mauser"..........Your rifle is very well suited to your intended purpose, and you would be ill advised to trade or sell that rifle. Go shoot your deer or elk.

Beyond
November 13, 2010, 07:21 PM
Thanks much for your input to my post. I was pleased to hear that this rifle is suitable for my intended purpose. I am curious about the particulars involving Wards 68 mail order ban. Can you furnish any details about this issue? Thank you.

Beyond
November 13, 2010, 07:26 PM
Johnny V,
Appreciate your informative input to my post. You have bolstered my enthusiasm for using this rifle in the very near future. No bear for me. A deer or elk will be just fine. :-)
Thanks very much.

Jonny V
November 13, 2010, 07:38 PM
You'll find that in the old days, major retailers marketed some fabulous weapons under store brand names. I have a JC Higgins rifle in 270 (Sears store brand). It's a Mauser 98 Belgian action with a High Standard chromed barrel. The walnut stock is of a bit higher grade than you'll see today on the shelf too. I would bet that your Montgomery Wards rifle has some of the same traits.

When I finally learned enough about what I have (inherited), I stopped wanting any new rifle. I wouldn't trade my rifle for any 6 new rifles. You would do well to learn about yours the same way.

The 270 Winchester has a sterling reputation for harvesting deer, elk, and moose that goes back to the 1920's, almost 100 years. You don't need any other caliber, and any new caliber that you did pick would almost certainly be worse.

Beyond
November 14, 2010, 06:37 PM
Jimmy K (JimKirk)
Sorry I didn't direct my response post to you by name yesterday. I am a newby to the forum and still trying to get my feet on the ground. In any event I will repeat my post again and hope you will get this belated message.

"Thanks much for your input to my post. I was pleased to hear that this rifle is suitable for my intended purpose. I am curious about the particulars involving Wards 68 mail order ban. Can you furnish any details about this issue? Thank you."
Bob S.

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