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Old 11-13-2011, 12:59 PM
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.270 vs .280

Hi Guys - you fellars must be looking forward to the hunting season. Over here we are approaching summer and idle minds turn to things like maintenance and new stuff!
My .270 is slowly showing signs of a tired barrel. Before jump in and sticj a new .270 barrel on, is there any real merit in changing it for a .280? I jave about a 1000 bullets and plenty brass for the .270 but the .280 seems to offer something more. Is it enough to make a change? I am happy with the .270 so I need to know if the .280 does enough to warrant a change!
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Old 11-13-2011, 01:09 PM
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Re: .270 vs .280

rebarrel the .270 and either buy a new .280 or have one built.

??? Where is "over here"??
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Old 11-13-2011, 01:46 PM
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Re: .270 vs .280

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Old 11-13-2011, 01:47 PM
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Re: .270 vs .280

The 280 has a larger selection of high BC bullets. But the new Matrix bullets have turned the 270 into a good shooter as well. Either will do what you need it too.

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Old 11-13-2011, 02:12 PM
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Re: .270 vs .280

Not in my mind. The 270 has obviously served you well. Long enough to need a new pipe anyway. That leads me to think you rarley need the heavier bullets the 280 can offer. Buy the highest quality barrel blank you can afford. Choose a smith that maybe has some bench rest rifles to his credit. (These guys are usually the fussiest about bore axis,reamer dimensions and the good old pride in workmanship thing) If you liked the 270 in the past you will love it with a true precision barrel. If you feel the need for the heavier pills,you might just as well go 30/06. I've had bothand the 280 is a great round,but...... Your 270 will likely handle the 160 gr bullets well. Provided it isn't a 12" twist. Beyond that in the 280 you are looking at a 175 as the uper limits for bullet weight. Realisticly anyway. At least the old 30-otter will widen your selection to include the 180 through 220gr stuff. No Sir,if it were me I'd be looking for a new barrel in .277 with a 10" twist. Krieger,Bartlein and Shilen can all take care of it for you.
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Old 11-13-2011, 08:35 PM
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Re: .270 vs .280

Fully agree with 25 Otter. Put a good 270 barrel on it and keep hunting. The difference between the two is negligible. You already have all the goodies for the 270. The 270 is old, tried, proven and so dependable until it is boring.
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Old 11-14-2011, 06:10 AM
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Thanks Gents - you have confirmed my thinking! Had I been busy with a new build I might have gone the .280 route but I have had great service with a .270 and will certainly look to rebarrel. I will go and check the twist but know my rifle stabilises 130gr very well but not 150gr - perhaps a 10 twist os the answer and then shoot the heavier stuff. I have been very happy with the 130gr offerings so here I must thingk carefully.
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