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.270 vs. .308

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Dylon Fisher, Jan 4, 2012.

  1. Dylon Fisher

    Dylon Fisher Active Member

    I personally like the .270. Just wondering what everyone else things. In general not a certain ranges.
  2. morebullets

    morebullets Member

    I've had both, but I actually stuck with the .308, mostly due to a wider, and more readily available selection of bullets. Both great cartridges though.
  3. brnmuenchow

    brnmuenchow Well-Known Member

    I actually like both, they are close in power and accuracy. At present time between the two I now only own a .270 Win. and don't really see a need to own both at the same time again with all of the other choices in calibers out there (I can't afford to own every caliber out there, but I try). The .270 Win. IMO has really proven through the years that it is a performer and many hunters use it for everything from Whitetail deer to Elk.
  4. mdauben

    mdauben Well-Known Member

    While they are both excellent rounds for just about any non-dangerous game in NA, I've always been fond of the .270. This is probably as much due to the writing of the late Jack O'Connor as to its actual advantages.
  5. Nico Testosteros

    Nico Testosteros Well-Known Member

    I like the .270 Winchester. I don't have experience with any other .270 calibers. I need to get more experience shooting it at longer ranges, is all.
  6. jfdavis58

    jfdavis58 Well-Known Member

    Got both; they go BANG. 'Nuff said.
  7. waffentomas

    waffentomas Well-Known Member

    Since I load all my own ammo, I like to have a nice streamlined operation. With two semis in the safe (both .308s) I went with a third .308 bolt as my hunting rifle. I do love the .270 though. Three of the five elk dropped at camp this year went down with the .308 (1 - mine) and .270 (2). Other two were 7mm mag. kills.
  8. WNTFW

    WNTFW Well-Known Member

    .308 or .223 gives the option to shoot F Class TR. For me that is a selling point.

    Locally I have gotten more .270 brass than any .30 cal.

    For hunting I would not even care, but I don't hunt so the more suitability for target / match wins. Tie would go to if all may hunting buddies had .XXX caliber I would go for the logitistics of same platform. Plus I would see what ammo was stocked locally, though both should be on the shelf in quantity.
  9. gamestalker

    gamestalker member

    A 130 gr. BT hand loaded will easily produce 3150 fps M.V. with the .270 win. The .308 doesn't have as flat a trajectory shooting it's best performing bullet. A 150 gr BT .308 bullet with a BC of .42 zeroed in at 300 yds. drops about 32" @ 500 yds. with a MV of 2900 fps. A 130 gr. BT .277" bullet with a BC of .46 zeroed in at 300 yds. drops around 25" @ 500 yds. with a MV of 3150 fps. Both of those estimates are based on a realistic obtainable velocity with reloaded ammunition, not factory. Factory will not likely produce as high muzzle velocity for either cartridge.

    There are other bullets that will increase the BC by quite a bit. But BC isn't going to do anything for much needed velocity for a hunting application. I know I'll get hammered by the many .308 fans out there, but the simple fact is what may produce an excellent competition cartridge, doesn't always make a good hunting cartridge. Those who shoot 1000 yd. competition are not likely to pick the .270 win..
  10. USMC8541

    USMC8541 Well-Known Member

    Personally I like the fact that I only need to choose either a 130 or 150 grain bullet. How many people actually shoot 10 different bullet weights anyway?
  11. redbullitt

    redbullitt Well-Known Member

    Coke or Pepsi for all intents and purposes.
  12. BrocLuno

    BrocLuno Well-Known Member

    Both good all around cartridge. Mostly this is nit-pickin to find faults or differneces. For hunting, nothing wrong with either.
  13. Stack

    Stack Well-Known Member

    I do. Well maybe not quite 10 but let's see, .223 includes, 40, 55, 68, 70, and 75 grain bullets in several types. I also load 4 different bullet weights and types in 6.8 SPCII as well among others. But that's just me.
  14. joed

    joed Well-Known Member

    I'm like this also. I don't have a lot of rifles but enough, and each cartridge is dedicated to a certain bullet. Now, once I know what I'm going out for I just pick one rifle and no fooling around.

    I'm a big fan of the .270 even though I don't own one. My first rifle was going to be either a .243 or .270. When I learned I couldn't get it in .270 I went for the closest cartridge they had, the .25-06.

    Seems like you don't come across a .270 for sale but lots of other cartridges. That probably says a lot for the popularity.

    I do have a .308 and have to admit it's a great one. For a cartridge I didn't like it does an awful lot and is very accurate. If I had only one rifle it would be a .270.
  15. HKGuns

    HKGuns Well-Known Member

    If I had only one rifle it would be .308. Isn't the .270 round a barrel burner?
  16. HOOfan_1

    HOOfan_1 Well-Known Member

    It is slightly overbore, but it isn't designed to be shot enough for that to be a problem.

    Personally I think the 7mm-08 is superior to the .308 and the .280 Rem is superior to the .270.

    All of them get the job done for East Coast deer hunting though.
  17. nathan

    nathan Well-Known Member

    Before i had my first hunting rifle 12 yrs ago i wanted the .270. A bench shooter at the gun club convinced me to buy his 25 06 which i did. He helped me find the right load and now shoots dimesized grps at 100 yds. Nosler 100 gr BTs. I couldnt be happier .
  18. PowerG

    PowerG Well-Known Member

    This. Although, at all but extreme hunting ranges, the differences are negligible.
  19. 303tom

    303tom member

    I have both & love both...........
  20. 41

    41 Well-Known Member

    I personally prefer the .270, mainly because of the velocity. The .308 is a fine cartridge also, and I would like to own one someday.

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