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Thoughts on the 270 Weatherby?

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Old 03-25-2011, 07:42 AM
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Thoughts on the 270 Weatherby?

My dad picked up one of these a few years ago and I was looking at the ballistics... WOW! This thing is a machine... it pumps out a 140 or 150 about as fast anything except for the big boys....

Anyone using this gun for LR shooting? Hunting? I assume its good on deer and lope clean out past 1000.... be more like a 600 yard or less elk gun though wouldn't it??

I am considering rebarreling/chambering my 721 for it....

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Old 03-25-2011, 08:58 AM
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Re: Thoughts on the 270 Weatherby?

Weatherby ammo and components are high priced. You can get as much range and velosity out of newer calibers that have less expensive brass if you reload. I own a 300 Weatherby Accumark and like it but would choose another caliber if I was to rebarrel based on my experience since I bought the Weatherby.
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Old 03-25-2011, 09:49 AM
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Re: Thoughts on the 270 Weatherby?

Now you can get brass for the wby's from several different manufacturers at the same price you would pay for anything else. Not forced to the expensive wby brass anymore. If you find a deal on 257 or 7mm wby brass buy it and run it through your 270 die and it is 270 wby brass. I shot the 270 wby long range for a while back in the 70's. Longest shot was an elk around 1100 yards. This is an exceptional caliber and will easily outperform any other popular chambering I am aware of over the counter. The 270 wsm would be closest but not in the same league as the 270 wby. It is a fantastic cartridge and all I have ever shot were extremely accurate. I have some now in 26 and 28 inch barrels that I enjoy shooting. I had people come to my range with the then new 270 wsm saying the dealer or their smith claimed it would outshoot or shoot right with the 270 wby. I would just grin and tell them to get my 270 wby and shoot both over the chrono, No contest. If you like a 270 the 270 wby is a great one.

Wyoelk, Remington and others make brass for the 300 wby at the same price as any other remington brass. That is what I shoot. You have a great rifle in the 300 wby knocking on the door of the RUM. In a hunting situation hardly any difference between the 300 wby and 300 RUM. 125-150 fps just doesn't mean the difference between a kill or not. You are good with your 300 wby for about anything in the world.
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Old 03-25-2011, 03:29 PM
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Re: Thoughts on the 270 Weatherby?

My dad has had a Mark V in 270 Wby for many years that's just a safe queen because it's good for maybe 2 shots and then the groups really open up.

But, it sure looks nice and he had too many shooters to worry with that one.

We never bothered handloading for it because we always assumed it was a problem with the barrel not being properly stress relieved. I may rebarrel it someday.

I had a 240 Wby Mark V that was the same way and I traded for a M70 which I've never since regretted.

I've seen some good ones. So, don't let me get you down.

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Old 03-25-2011, 04:02 PM
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Re: Thoughts on the 270 Weatherby?

While I have hunted with a little bit of everything thru the years my dad, for the better part of 40 years, has only used 2 different rifles both of which were 270 Wby's. He had one built on a Pre64 Model70 in the mid 60's but some thieves in 1974 thought they needed it more than he did and after that one was stolen he had the same guy build him a new 270Wby but this time he used a Rem. 700 action. Both were excellent shooters to say the least.

rscott5028, I know your frustration with the 240Wby you had. I've got one myself that used to do the same thing. Would shoot 2 into the same hole then start throwing them all over the paper. Until I had it bedded. After having the action bedded it shoots them all into 3/4 MOA.
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Old 03-25-2011, 04:18 PM
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Re: Thoughts on the 270 Weatherby?

I did about everything a guy can do without going to a smith. That would've been next. But, I made a great trade with a guy that knew more than me (even after I told him why I was trading).
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Old 03-25-2011, 04:45 PM
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Re: Thoughts on the 270 Weatherby?

Got to go with LTLR on the accolades for the 270 Wby Mag. Over 20 years ago, I bought one from a man at a gun show in Fort Worth that was way short of cash and needed to sell it. Paid $300 for the rifle and what was left of the first box of 20. After getting it home, shooting a few rounds and setting it in my office, my wife looked at it and informed me that if she could shoot that gun that she would like to start hunting with me. I put a new Leupold 6.5 to 20 on it, had my 'smith buddy install a muzzle brake and bedded it. The rifle shot .60 @ 200 with my handloads and continues to hold those groups after many years of hunting everything from elk to coyotes and small varmints with lots of range time mixed in.

As mentioned, I've also heard the claims from the newer, let's reinvent the wheel flat shooters. Put 'em all on the chrono, take them to the real world and the old 270 Wby has no problem holding its own out to 1000 or better.
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