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270 WSM Thoughts

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by ldlfh7, Jul 27, 2018.

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  1. Laphroaig

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    What's your basis for that order? No doubt the 300 is the best seller. I'd have to put the 325 dead last. I've never seen/heard of many 7mm's in these parts either although there definitely is a better bullet selection than .277.
     
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    Here's an unscientific study based on factory ammunition offerings listed at Midwayusa:

    300WSM - 33, 270WSM - 23, 7mmWSM - 9, 325WSM - 5

    Not all listings are available or in stock, but you get the gist.
     
  3. Savage99

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    Laphroaig, What rifle are you shooting in a match?

    It looks as if your wearing a leather match coat? Are you supporting the rifle from your left fist like I do?
     
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    from the sales over the years from winchester and browning in that order
     
  5. Laphroaig

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    The rifle is a Gustaf M96 6.5x55. Must've been a vintage rifle match. No, that's an all cordura Creedmoor hardback. It shrunk :) and I got the leather sleeved replacement.

    I cradle the rifle, thumb and little finger to the right side, other 3 fingers left.
     
  6. Goosey

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    I was thinking a bit about why the .270 WSM would have become more popular than the 7mm WSM, when looking at the two of them together, this shouldn't make sense—they're effectively the same thing +/- 0.007", but the 7mm bore has a vastly better long-range bullet selection. So why would the .270 WSM become more popular?

    But when you look at what came before, it makes more sense.

    The .270 WSM improves on the .270 Winchester by 200+ feet per second... while the 7mm WSM didn't really improve on the speeds of the 7mm Rem Mag.
     
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    I bought one of the last Winchester Model 70s out of the old factory in the late 90s; a Stainless Classic Featherweight in .270 WSM that must have been made on a good day as it was pretty much flawless when I took it apart and bedded it and adjusted the trigger to a nice crisp 3 pounds. It is scoped with the then new Dead Nutz Game Reaper mounting system with a Leupold Varix3 with B&C reticule 3-9 x 40 scope. It went to Africa twice shooting Federal Premium Nosler 150 grain Partitions and slew all the plains game but 1 with 1 shot, one took three because of me. It has been used for deer in last 10 years, all one shot with Barnes 130 TSX all copper bullets . It is my go to deer gun in open terrain for up to elk . It has made life rather boring in fact being so reliable and accurate. I only use factory ammo in it to hunt, I only need 1 or two shots to verify it before hunting sessions. My first high power rifle in 1964 was a used 1953 model 70 in .270 Winchester with a 4x Unertl scope given to me on my 18th birthday by my uncle . I still have that old model 70 . The .270 short Win Mag is superior to it.
     
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    I support the rifle with my left fist closed off of my knuckles. This is only due to an old crippling injury where I can't open that hand to shoot off of my fingers. Of course I started with the 10x canvas and now use the leather.
     
  9. TN Outlaw

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    For a handloader, I believe it would be an awesome cartridge. If a person is having to rely on shelf ammo, i wouldn't recommend it at all. Very expensive and your stuck with very few choices of different flavors.

    If you do handload, there's more selection of .277 bullets now than ever before. The 270wsm shoots fast, flat, and hits hard without alot of fuss. I'd rather have it than a 7WM. I hear the 7WM/.284 has more of a "bullet selection" over the .277 statement all the time and thats true with long range target shooting in mind but speaking of deer/elk bullets, there's more than enough of a .277 selection. I have anything from 90gr TnT's up to 180gr weldcore in .277.

    The 160gr partition really cooking outa the 270wsm would be a very formidable elk stopper with tolerable recoil.
     
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