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.270 WSM vs. 7mm STW

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Old 10-17-2009, 10:33 PM
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Re: .270 WSM vs. 7mm STW

Originally Posted by 4bycamper View Post
Appreciating your dilemma, why not try a 7mm WSM ?
I love my 270 wsm and agree that the BC of .277 bullets leaves something on the table. My 7mm Rem mag will hopefully solve this problem for me as soon as I get it with a new 26" McGowen back from the gunsmith.

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Go with the 7 WSM . It will work with a 22'' to 24'' barrel and on any short action reducing
the over all length of the rifle for stand hunting and will handel 140grain+ bullets well
and the 160grain+ work well on ELK.

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Old 10-18-2009, 01:00 PM
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Re: .270 WSM vs. 7mm STW

liltank & happylilcuss

Thanks for the input. The .270 WSM with a 24" bbl in the Extreme Weather is a very attractive package. I'm thinking 140gr Accubonds over Magpro.
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Old 10-18-2009, 01:52 PM
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Re: .270 WSM vs. 7mm STW

for deer sized game out to 500 yards there isnt really a need for the 7 STW, though I would probably do it anyways (I just cant turn down a big case, its a curse really). The 270 WSM is more than flat enough, has lots of energy for deer out to 500, and is more readilly available than the 7STW, not to mention has a shorter barrel and better barrel life. like previously mentioned, if it is an elk rifle go 7mm STW hands down, but a purpose built deer rifle is where the 270 shines. Just my $.02

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Old 10-18-2009, 03:18 PM
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Re: .270 WSM vs. 7mm STW

Not a problem, I know what it is like to want something and be set on it. I wish I would have done a little more research before purchasing a .30 caliber. I would have decided on a 7mm of some type. I just liked the idea of the .308 Win. for target work. I then had it reamed to 300WSM. Next new barrel will be a 7mm of some type.

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Old 10-18-2009, 04:27 PM
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Re: .270 WSM vs. 7mm STW

If your only going to get one rifle than between the 2, the 7STW is the way to go. Shoot the 140gr Barnes for deer under 500 yards, and the 168or180gr Berger's for elk. As far as mag length with the Berger's, that is an easy fix with a Wyatt magbox, and a smith that will mill out 110 thousands out of the back of the receiver and bolt stop. Very easy, so don't let that scare you away from Berger bullets. I don't shoot anything but Berger past 500 yards, except the 300gr SMK out of my 338's. As far as barrel life, I have almost 500 rounds on my 7 STW and it shows no signs of throat wear, but I don't shoot long strings of fire either. A 26" barrel is all you need for a 7 STW. But there are other great calibers to choose from, like 7 Rem Mag, 280 Rem, 308, 30-06, 260 Rem, ect. Why just the 270WSM and 7 STW to choose from?
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Old 10-18-2009, 08:17 PM
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Re: .270 WSM vs. 7mm STW

Angus- I too am tempted by the potential of the STW.

I have elk covered with (take your pick) .300Wby/.340Wby/7mmRem Mag.

I have absolutely no interest in the 7mmWSM (or the .300 version for that matter).

The .270 WSM and the STW just "trip my trigger".
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Old 10-18-2009, 09:24 PM
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Re: .270 WSM vs. 7mm STW

I had a successful South African plains game hunt in 2007 using a .270 WCF and .338 Win.Mag., but I wanted something that shot flattter, farther with plenty of power for my (hoped for) next trip.

After research and expert consultation (with Kirby Allen), I chose the 7 STW. The 7 STW with 180 gr Bergers and a good dose of Retumbo should be very close to ideal for my purposes.
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