Does Anyone Use A 270 Win.

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  1. Keyfer 55

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    It seem the 270 win takes a back seat now days. What I like about a 270 Win.
    Goes with saying .
     
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    Paging @Garandimal….

    Oh, right…

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  3. horsemen61

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    I know plenty of people who kill plenty of deer with a .270 every year I guess I’m missing what your point is here?
     
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  4. Walkalong

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    Still plenty of .270 fans left around here. It's never been "the" caliber around here, but there has always been some.
     
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  5. oldfortyfiveauto

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    It’s my elk round of choice along with Jack O'Connor.
     
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  6. EIB0879

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    I have one but I haven't used it in years.
     
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  7. mcb

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    A mid 1950's Winchester Model 70 chambered in 270 WCF. It was given to my father by my grandfather, and later passed down to me. The first deer I shot with a rifle (grew up in a slug only state) was shot with this rifle. Back in Ohio as a kid shot alot of groundhogs with it.
     
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  8. curtste

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    I know this is a gun website, but the rifle and cartridge I use for deer or elk is probably the thing I worry about the least when I hunt. The .270 win has been killing them dead for a long time, mine is no different. I don't see any reason to buy another rifle in a different cartridge for the kind of hunting I do. I just grab it and go shoot stuff.
     
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  9. Chuck R.

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    Well, I've got 2 and have killed right around 50 deer, 5 chamois and a couple Russian boar with it using 130 grn handloads. I have never lost an animal with one and my longest shot to date was just shy of 500 yds and that was in Austria on chamois. It's actually hard to find a distance shot around here that a .270 couldn't do.

    It takes seat back seat nowadays, but it's still very effective. As I posted before if the manufactures would give it a 8.5-1 or 9-1 twist, guys would be comparing it to the 6.5PRC or 6.8Western, and exclaiming that it has less felt recoil, cheaper brass, and does the same thing to 600 yds with less powder.

    The other issue is the ammo companies have sort of neutered it with loading down. O'Conner's loads ran very close to 3200 FPS with the 130s VS average factory loads of around 3000. My handloads with H4831C run right at 3170 FPS from a 24" barrel with zero signs of pressure, even in the summer. Some guys are going to say that no animal on the planet is going to know the 200FPS difference, then 4 threads later exclaim that "X" cartridge is better cause it gets an extra 200 FPS and shoots flatter. :scrutiny:

    I read one post once that I wish I could attribute to the author, it was originally about the 30-30. It goes to the effect that "X" cartridge remains in use because it still does what it was designed to do. A cartridge for hunting isn't about ballistic statistics, it's about killing animals.

    So goes the .270Win.
     
  10. BigBL87

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    I wish I had one, that and 350 Legend are the only ammo that has seemed to stay on the shelves around here over the last few years.
     
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  11. Olympus

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    Good grief yes, the 270 is still the most popular rifle caliber for hunting in the US I think. It tends to see less discussion on the forums, but I think that's because most people on the forums tend to be connoisseurs while the vast majority of the population don't spend time on gun forums. They tend to buy what their dad or grandpa use and that's tended be the 270, 30-06, and 308.
     
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  12. Aletheia

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    Used one for over 40 years as my most used deer rifle. I still use it because it works very well.

    There is a trend among shooters to put down many cartridges or rifles that has no logic or reason to support the criticism and mocking that often occurs on forums like this. Those "put downs" are most often the efforts of insecure, or uninformed, or inexperienced hunters who read too much and hunt too little. If you want to promote the "modern" cartridges (like the Creedmoor or the short magnums as examples) as improvements over older rounds, go right ahead. But anyone who tries to convince you that hunting with the cartridges that have been doing exactly what is needed on game for anywhere from 40 to 120 years is going to hinder your success, is just blowing smoke or trying to pump up his own ego. The .270 (and several others that many try to disparage) is a perfectly fine hunting round. It's even better than it was 50 years ago (as are most "older" rounds) because of new bullets and powders. If you can't kill it with a .270 and a good bullet, you can't kill it with the newest and most exciting marketing star of the day either. If "advantages" that will never be detectable in a hunting situation seem important to you, then the subtle changes that many newly designed rounds are marketed as revolutionary and new may be fun for you. If you need to be "modern" just because - go ahead. But to suggest that the .270 is somehow not capable and should be declared obsolete, is just dumb.
     
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  13. troy fairweather

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    Only reason I own a 270 win.

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  14. Slamfire

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    Nothing wrong with a 270 Win. It is accurate all the way out to 600 yards, and all I am doing at that distance, is punching holes in paper. A 270 Win feeds from a double stack magazine and extracts well without any issues from a standard length action. The short, or stubby 277 cartridges are all single stack because they don't feed well and are very sensitive to magazine alignment issues. And, the loud blast the stubby 270 magnums make, don't make them any more lethal. Just more noisy.

    In so far as velocity, this 270 Win has a lot of freebore ahead of the chamber, and so I can push bullets close to the Jack O'Connor velocities.

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    This rifle was cut with a match chamber, and I have to really cut my loads because it was blowing primers. However, it is more accurate 300 yards up.

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  15. 1-cavediver

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    I’ve been using my Ruger M77 in .270 Win since 1974 for elk, mule deer and whitetail deer. I hand load and it has been and continues to be sub moa with Accubonds at velocities of 3,000 fps. My son and grandson also hunt with a Ruger .270 Win. All of our .270’s are equally accurate.
    For me, it’s the perfect “do everything” hunting cartridge.
     
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  16. JJFitch

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    Well .270 is a caliber and 270 Win. is a cartridge! The 270 Win has probably taken more medium game than just about any other cartridge!
    The .277 caliber neighborhood is pretty busy with lots of interest since it seems to be just about perfect for medium game and precision rife beyond the magical 600 yardages! It all started in the late 1890's!

    It's not going away anytime soon!

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  17. Boattale

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    Only been killing stuff with this M77 RL since 1985. Don't need or want anything else for what I use a centerfire rifle for.

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  18. Mosin Bubba

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    Used to, but work has been taking me to some very hunting unfriendly places for years now. Living in southern California right now, and I don't think you can even touch off a shot at a critter anywhere west of Yuma that won't hit 5 subdivisions and an interstate.

    Anyway, I used a 270 back in Idaho for hunting deer across a very open and very sparse high desert, and the flat trajectory was greatly appreciated there.
     
  19. .308 Norma

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    Yep. I used a 270 for Idaho deer (and blackbears too) for a few years. A bout with insanity made me think I needed a "more versatile" 30-06, so I traded it off. I guess everyone does something a little crazy once in a while.;)
     
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    I seem to be going backwards in my calibers. I used a 308, and then a 270 for years, and this year took out a 30-30. But yes, I do really like 270 as an all around cartridge for deer, hogs, pretty much whatever
     
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  22. Catpop

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    My first custom rifle in 1973. 1903-A3, Douglas xx 26” 270 win, French Walnut stock with rosewood grip and fore end caps, F173C408-7A37-4C2C-B4F8-CF8296B5EDB2.jpeg 270 was big back in 70s.
     
  23. JumboJVT

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    Bought my M77 .270 new in 1982 and have never looked back. There is nothing I need to do that I can't do with it. There are objectively better cartridges, but there is ALWAYS something better in all aspects of life.
     
  24. Shanghai McCoy

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    I have a Remington 721 in 270 and it's a great shooting 60 year old rifle.
    It's in a Boyds stock now but I sure wish I could find an original stock for it.
     
  25. JmacD

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    That’s the family caliber on my moms side. Just shot a doe with one a week ago. I’ve taken a buck at 430 yards with one. And several others in everything from slough grass to heavy brush. My family has ended up with 308 win. But I still have a real soft spot for the 270.
     
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