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Dont' often see the .270 mentioned

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Unread 01-25-2004, 10:04 AM
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Dont\' often see the .270 mentioned

as a long range hunting gun. Wondered why. Any inherent issues with this round that prevent it from being a good long range deer round?
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Unread 01-25-2004, 10:38 AM
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Re: Dont\' often see the .270 mentioned

What's a 270??

There's a lot of previous posts about the cartridges we use and why the 270 isn't generally one of them.
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Unread 01-25-2004, 11:14 AM
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Re: Dont\' often see the .270 mentioned

My grand pappy had one once...

The bullet selection is pitiful for a 270... however, there are some new one being made that may cut it... but that caliber may or may not become popular for LR hunting.. all depends on howmany guys decide to build a LR rig and test the new bullets for that caliber.
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Unread 01-25-2004, 05:12 PM
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Re: Dont\' often see the .270 mentioned

Ok it's not often seen, But that's why I like mine. .270" caliber bullet selection is pretty slim pickins.
I use the 135gr MK, and recently picked up some 150gr Hornady SSTs. Though my rig has got a little more ass behind it than your typicle 270win/wby/wsm. To date I have yet to run across another 270x300 rum.
135mk @ 3700+fps w/5010 (3850fps w/wc872, but the powder doesn't like the Texas heat.)
150sst @ 3500+fps w/5010 (the SST has an advertised .525 BC) have yet to test it though. I've only fired 25 of them just to work up a load and check velocity.
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Unread 01-25-2004, 10:01 PM
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Re: Dont\' often see the .270 mentioned

I think maybe the 280 rem and the 30-06 make it obsolete.
Long range shooting is a process that ends with a result. Once you start to focus on the result (how bad your last shot was, how big the group is going to be, what your buck will score, what your match score is, what place you are in...) then you loose the capacity to focus on the process.
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Unread 01-26-2004, 11:17 AM
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Re: Dont\' often see the .270 mentioned

The .270 win is not seen as much for long range hunting simply because there isn't a large selection of premium bullets. The 7RM is basically a souped up .270 Win, but the selection of bullets is much better.

The .270 Win using 130 grain bullets makes a very nice deer rifle, about as flat as the 7RM using heavier bullets, and easier on the shoulder. My friend uses his on elk, but I don't recommend it.

Mark in Utah
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Unread 01-26-2004, 09:18 PM
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Re: Dont\' often see the .270 mentioned

30-06 makes the 270win obsolete? That is a good one considering it was made from the 30 to fill a need for a more practical deer rifle. The 270 win is perfect for the average deer hunter who will likely shoot at 150 yards and might stretch out to 300, and can't compensate for trajectory well. It also has pretty good versatility for a one rifle man, as it can be loaded pretty light for varmints to heavy enough for close elk. It is marginal for long range deer, and the .25-06 or a hot 6.5 or 6mm are better for varmints, so it isn't something I would choose for these jobs. Now the .270 WSM is a little different story, but I'm not qualified to talk about it as I have never picked one up. I think it should be more useful for the long range role though.
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