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Old 07-08-2009, 09:07 PM
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270 wsm

I'm looking for a good all around long range rifle, budget is pretty tight so I'm looking for a used gun, and I'm left handed so there are not a whole lot of choices at the local gun shops.

The 3 available locally (so far):
Savage 308 win
Savage 110 300 win mag (w/ muzzle break and trigger work)
Savage 11 270 WSM

I'm going to continue looking, but I need some advise on focusing my search a little more.
I'm not really considering the 300 b/c of recoil and how loud it will be with the break. I'd like something my wife can shoot at the range, she enjoys shooting, but won't like a huge recoil.
The 308 is basically brand new, so it's a little more money.
If I had to pick out of the 3 I would take the 270 WSM, it's fairly new, well it is an accutrigger model anyway, it's in good shape, and I THINK my wife could shoot it.

I've never shot a 270 WSM... Would you consider a 270 WSM for an all around do it all long range gun? I have a 223 also, so I don't need a varmint gun, I'm looking for something bigger, and I'm kind of torn between the conventional 308 and the 270 WSM. Should I keep looking for a good deal on a 308 or just grab up the 270 WSM?

BTW, I'm looking at nikon monarch scopes, any input there would be helpful as well.

Thanks,

Craig
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Old 07-08-2009, 09:14 PM
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Re: 270 wsm

IMO, get the 270 WSM, load up some 140 gr. Accu-bonds and start shooting. Personally, I think the 270 WSM would make a better long range hunting caliber and your wife should be ok, depending on the weight of the rifle and her recoil sensitivity. My wife doesn't have any problems shooting my 270 WSM and it weighs probably just shy of 8 lbs.
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Old 07-08-2009, 09:56 PM
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Re: 270 wsm

I don't like the bullet selection or BC of the 270 bullets. But that's me.
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Old 07-08-2009, 10:21 PM
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Re: 270 wsm

I agree with Tyler, but between the 308 and 270 WSM I think the performance of the 270 WSM over the 308 makes up for what it lacks in bullet selection. Given a choice...I would pick my 7 WSM over my 270 WSM for long range work.
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Old 07-09-2009, 07:23 PM
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Re: 270 wsm

What about the Savage 11 in 270 WSM specifically? Can it shoot 500 yards out of the box? What kind of MOA can I expect with a good factory round?
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Old 07-09-2009, 08:12 PM
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Re: 270 wsm

I say rock the 270WSM!!
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Old 07-09-2009, 10:28 PM
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Re: 270 wsm

BlackSS,
I have owned, shot and reloaded for all three of these cartridges. Personally, I would first choose the .300WinMag, the .270WSM and then the .308. If the lady of the house would be shooting it also, then I'd go with the .270WSM.
I currently shoot a Savage 112BVSS in .300WM, so I am partial to it. It's heavy enough it doesn't jar my teeth loose and it shoots fast and flat. I can't see trying to "stretch" a .308 out after shooting the .300WM.
I recently traded a .270WSM that I had in the Win70 Coyote. It shot sub 1/2" groups with 130/135 and 140gn bullets. I had no problem rapping the 450yd gong at the RattleSnake Mtn Range in Richland, Washington. It was their farthest gong.
Of the original three WSM's (.300/7mm/.270) it offers substantially more muscle and speed that it's predecessor (.270Win) and is the truest "short" magnum. It offers more than the .300/7mmWSM's do when compared with their belted big brothers, the .300WM/7mmRM. Heck, they're just trying to measure up and do what the .300WM/7mmRM have been doing for 40+ years! The .270WSM blows the .270Win out of the water and doesn't lag far behind the .270 Weatherby.
Plenty of good bullets. Nosler makes Ballistic Tips in 130/140 and 150 and AccuBonds in 130/140. Their BC's are .433/.456 and .496. Berger makes VLD hunting bullets in the same three weights with BC's of .452/.487/..531. Hornady makes the 130/140/150 SST's with BC's of .460/.495/.525. Sierra makes a 115 and 135gn MK. The 135 has a BC of .488 and I can't see much use for the 115gn.
I might need to buy myself a barrel in .270WSM for my Savage! Good luck with your choice and happy shooting. JohnnyK.
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