I just wish the factories would offer some 26" tubes for their flat shooting rifle calibres instead of trying sell for a few dollars less and put 20-22-24 inch tubes on them. Every inch helps when going for the long shot.
I have a custom bult 270WSM that I took several animals with this year. It is launching a 140AB at about 3300fps. Which is about 250fps faster than the standard 270. This gun took several deer with one shot kills at 584, 631, 687, and 720 yards this year. That being said I shot my cow elk this year at 685 yards. She was totally broadside and the first shot hit her in the back of the lung area, she ran about 20 yards and I shot her again hitting her just behind the ribs at about the liver area. She laid down and died a few minutes later. At this range the 140 grain bullet did not do as much damage as I would have hoped. Neither one of the bullets made it to the off-side of the elk. One of them hit a rib and one did not. Neither exited the elk. I know that I personally will never shoot an elk with this rifle any farther than 450 or so yards. I just don't feel the kenetic energy and bullet weight are enough for elk sized critters at longer than normal ranges. It is a great deer/antelope gun out to the 700-800 yard mark. So when thinking about the standard 270win, I would almost subtract about 100 yards from the wsm ranges to make up for the difference in speed. This year I will be doing my elk hunting with a new 7mmSTW with bullet weights from 160-180 grains. This is just my opinion and suggestions.
I can gaurentee that Elk can be taken ethically and cleanly at ranges 700-878yds. I have done it multiple times. As well as shots at deer at ranges close to those. I get a chuckle when people always jump on the little 270 and say things like that there are "no good bullets", "BC's just arent high enough for long range" If you do your research you can find what you need. I reload rounds with plenty of BC and well over 160grns. I am in no way saying that anyone can pick one up and do this. But with practice, research, good equipment and practice it can be done and it can be done ethically. I love my .270 and my .270wsm. I cant wait to get my first custom rifle built.. Also this is in no way trying to offend anyone, it is my opinion. I respect everyone on this forum and value all the information I get from it. Thanks to everyone.