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Unread 02-20-2011, 07:04 AM
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Best economy 270 WSM and scope

I am about to be in the market for a 270 WSM and obviously a new scope for the rifle.

What are the most economical rifles chambered in 270 WSM with awesome performance?

What is a decent but economical scope to put on a 270 WSM that will allow a good variance in distance shots? I would like to ability to shoot between 500-700 yards if the opportunity presents itself.
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Unread 02-20-2011, 10:03 AM
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Re: Best economy 270 WSM and scope

CPOL- I shoot in a lot of long range competion. 500, 600 ect. i have never shot against a .270. i have never shot against an A-BOLT. i would like to help. rifles that have decent accuracy at 500-700 generally are not "cheap" though . so i am strugling with your post. roninflag
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Unread 02-20-2011, 10:44 AM
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Re: Best economy 270 WSM and scope

I would look at the Weatherby Vanguard and the Savage for a budget 270 WSM. I'm running one out of a Savage that has been great out to a 1000 yrds but I've shot it out to 1450 with good results. I've got my eye on the Vanguard for my next one while the Savage gets a new barrel.
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Unread 02-20-2011, 11:13 AM
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Re: Best economy 270 WSM and scope

Price goes up relative to "awesomeness."

Many feel that a rifle that shoots MOA with a high BC hunting bullet is adequate for some long range hunting. Most of your name brand rifles today should meet that standard although you may need to hand load to acheive consistent long range results.

Savage, Win Mod 70, Rem Seven or 700, Sako 85, and Weatherby Vanguard should all be capable.

If you are set on 270WSM with out of the box long range potential, I strongly suggest you look at the Winchester Model 70 Coyote as that is the primary design objective of that rifle much like Remington Sendero and Savage Long Range Hunter, neither of which come in your specified caliber. And, the price is not bad either.

If you want to customize it yourself, then Savage.

If you want a smith to blueprint the rifle, then Rem 700.

Use a 20 MOA picatinny rail such as EGW and tactical rings such as Burris XTR. That will give you a solid mounting system for your optics and plenty of elevation to reach out to 1k with no disadvantages for close range.

There are many optics choices depending on your budget. Nikon, Vortex, Bushnell are some that come to mind with 14x or 18x being adequate for top end magnification although some choose 20x or more power for a rifle that is predominantly for long range and/or target.

Search these forums and you will find lots of discussion about scopes and choices. I think there's even a special forum here for optics.

Unless you shoot targets at a range with known distances, then you'll need a range finder that's up to the task. The Leica 1200 crf is a good example. But, searching these forums will give you lots of info.

Good luck and let us know what you choose and how it works out.

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Unread 02-20-2011, 12:06 PM
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Re: Best economy 270 WSM and scope

Weatherby Vanguard (HOWA) or TIKKA. Horus Vision HAWK scope zero cant base and nightforce rings. If you shop around you could do it all for under 1200 easy.

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Unread 02-20-2011, 02:34 PM
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Re: Best economy 270 WSM and scope

Least expensive?

Savage Model 10, especially if you watch Gunbroker for a used one. I had one in 270 WSM (wood/blued) with AccuTrigger that was easily a sub-moa rifle with factory ammo. I sold it (cheap; no one here on this site wanted it) to a friend who shot a nice 8 pt whitetail here in MI this year. And, it shot this well un-bedded, un-tweaked, out of the box.

Cheap scope? Find a Nikon with a BDC reticle, possibly like this one:
4.5-14x40 Side Focus Matte - Buckmasters® - Riflescopes | Nikon Hunting
My Dad has taken antelope at 512 and 816 yards with this reticle.

$450 or less for the rifle, $300 for the scope.

Good luck!
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Unread 02-21-2011, 07:48 PM
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Re: Best economy 270 WSM and scope

First off you'll have more options in every aspect going to a 7mm WSM over the 270. 270 is a token round because people like it for things other than the realty of true performance off and on the bench. You can see that clearly on this forum, almost no one runs a .277cal bullet but there is hundreds of flavors of 7mm.

Second, you're pretty much stuck in the $700-$900 range for a complete bargain set up that will do the job. From my experience I've spent hundreds of dollars trying to make something work and in all honesty I could've purchased my dream rifle from the money I spent trying to cut corners.

Do your self a favor. Save some more money and get what you want. I finally did it and now all I do is think about how much I flushed down the toilet.

If you need ideas of how to put a gun together by pieces for the lowest you can then ask that. I'm sure you'll get tons of help of how to do that.
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