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.270 win all around caliber?

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by sureshot, Sep 25, 2010.

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  1. sureshot

    sureshot Member

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    Is the .270 win a truly all around caliber that is useful for deer, elk, black bear, moose, coyotes, big horns & mountain goat. If you could have a calliber that would be good for all that what would it be? I have used a 7mm rem mag, 30-06, and .270, the 30-06 would probalbly be my limits on recoil.
     
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    Are you asking if it's the best?
     
  4. blackops

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    I actually grew up on the 270 and I believe it to be a great cartridge. However, I wouldn't use it for bear, elk, and espcially not moose.
     
  5. sureshot

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    im not asking if its the best i dont really belive that there is a hypothetical best out there - vitrophyre
    i grew up on vancouver island and kno wmany people that use the .270 for elk and my grandfather who has had his parker & hale .270 since cthe 70's has taken more moose with it than deer we just the largest grain bulet available- blackops
     
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    For me the 30.06 wins best all round honors.
     
  7. exbiologist

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    Yeah, but like the .30-06, it might not be ideal for certain applications, but it'll work with very few limitations. Along those same lines I use a .264 Win Mag for nearly everything from elk to antelope.
     
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    Of the cartridges you list for what you wish to hunt, my choice would be the 30/06.
     
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    You can clump all the calibers that the OP mentioned together, for they vary little in energy and trajectory.
    Proper bullet selection is always the key to a successful hunt, aside from being able to shoot the rifle accurately on game. They will all do the job with proper placement.

    Not a big difference in recoil either, depending on the rifle's weight.


    NCsmitty
     
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    Yes, a man with a 270 winchester, a 22 rifle and any choice of shotgun is well equipped to do anything that one would need to do in the Americas... but don't tell my wife, because then I'd have to get rid of .223's, 22-250's, 7mm08's, 30'06's, 45/70's and a trunkload of shotguns and .22's.

    If you're looking for a new 270, then check out the new model 70's they are nice.
     
  11. sureshot

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    my father has a model 70 sporter in a 30/06
    my grandfather has the .270win parker & hale and the 7mm rem mag Browning a- bolt. I have used numerous .303's and have the oppertunity to attain one for free. i am also supposed to attain the .270 win when I turn 18. I am looking at a .300 win mag but dont know anyone that has one for me to try im concerned that the recoil will be to much for me. the areas i hunt range from wide open slashes to dense bush its the okanogan in B.C. as ive been told much similar terrain to idaho. that is why i want a larger round like the .300 or 30-06 because I dont like missing a shot due to twigs
     
  12. sureshot

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    my first moose hunt had the oportunity to be great we came across a large bull but it was in thick sub alpine brush and my grandfather shot 1 and a bit of another clip at the bull but the small alder branches that lines the slash flicked the bullets away.
     
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    Let's put it this way. If I'm up in the Yukon on a 8k/5 day hunt, it's the last evening, and I spot a monster moose at 300yds quartering away, my first choice wouldn't be a 270. For elk, moose or any type of large game bigger and meaner than deer, it all starts with a 30/06 IMO.
     
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    i definatly hear you on that and i really like the 30-06.
    but anyone that has has experiance with a .300 win mag could you compare the recoil? or is the .300 way harder on shoulders?
     
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    Well, .270 is probably an ideal choice for Texas. It's suitable for the game you can find, and ammunition is available almost everywhere (unlike, say .280)

    An equal case could be made for .308, and there are probably more choices of fire arm for that caliber. But, were it me, I'd go with .270, if only "just because."

    Now, if bear, or moose were likely to be at the other end of the muzzle, I might then select .30-06 so that I could go to 180, 200, even 220 grain projectiles. yes, could do that with 8mm mauser or 7-mag, but, those can be hard to find in the local Academy sporting goods store in the middle of a long weekend.
     
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    270 Win is a good caliber, but I would prefer the 7 X 57 Mauser as it is ballistically
    the same cartridge plus a wider range of bullets are available up to 175 grain. Which
    made it one of the leading elephant cartridges a century or so ago. So if I chose to give up the 30/06, it would most certainly be for the 7 X 57 over the 270 Win.. Guess the main advantages to the magnum calibers is short barrel life, heavier gun to lug around,
    more recoil, and expensive ammunition.
     
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    All things being equal, it`s as good as any.
     
  18. Art Eatman

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    Recoil tolerance is pretty much subjective. An '06 is about all I want for shooting a sorta-lengthy session of full-power loads. The .300 Win Mag is maybe 10% to 15% more recoil, foot-pounds-wise. I've shot them, but sorta figured it was more than I wanted to tolerate.

    The .270, '06, 7mm Rem Mag and the .300 Win Mag are all good cartridges, and the utility is pretty much the same. The nit-picky arguing about "better" or "best" gives me a serious attack of the MEGOs.

    Before I'd buy something to be more powerful than a .270, I'd spend the money on reloading gear and shooting practice.
     
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    7mm Rem Mag for me.
    The .270 will certainly do the trick under good conditions though. I agree with post 13. It's when conditions aren't good that the bigger ones shine.
     
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    The .270 is a fine choice and has proven to do well with all it has been put up against, but my choice would be .30-06
     
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    .270 = booo!!!

    Just kidding. It works fine but I personally don't see anything wrong with the good old .30-06.
     
  22. Water-Man

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    Yes. The .270 will dispatch all the game you mentioned.
     
  23. sureshot

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    thank you for your time
     
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    While I am no rifle expert I have seen tons of 270's around here and we hunt every thing from whistle pigs to bear and every thing in between. If it is free I would take it and do what art suggested get some reloading gear and practice. The 270 has killed a lot of elk, bear and moose.

    As far as what I would choose, I just chose a 308. I had the option of getting any thing I wanted and I chose that. I plan on getting a AR-15 in the future and I only wanted to worry about one round. But again I really like what Art had to say, take the free one and reloading equipment and supplies.
     
  25. jimmyraythomason

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    While the .270 win is a very good cartridge,it isn't very popular around these parts. It had a following for a while actually coming close to the 30.06 for a few years. If you checked the ammo stores who had Labor Day sales you found 30.06,.270 and 30-30 rifle ammo(as well as dove/quail shotgun loads) as the only centerfire cartridges featured. While a few die-hards are sticking with their pet .270s, most (or at least a lot)have replaced it with the .243 as a starter caliber for young (or female) shooters. I see many more deer hunters carrying 30.06 than .270s. My brother and his youngest son use .270s because I gave them their rifles as gifts. I say the 30.06 is more versatile because it isn't too big for coyote and isn't too small grizzlies(with the proper load). We don't have any grizzlies around here so not much call for 220 grain bullets. Largely though it comes down to personal preferrence or what you happen to have.
     
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