Re: Why not 270wsm
I love my 270WSM & no matter what flavor you like, Matrix, Berger, or the new Nosler Long Range Accubond, the .277 cal is getting new life breathed back into it.
Plus the Barnes line, & even a 160gr Nosler Partition make it a great choice for Elk at most ranges. Heck I load 140 Accubonds @ around 3100 fps, for 3 different 270WSM's & everything from Deer, Elk, & Bear have fallen to that load.
I don't consider anything smaller as an Elk rifle personally. I like the S.D. & bullet weights for the 270 as a great & capable starting point. If I was to step up it'd be a 30 or a 338. I wouldn't step down unless I was varmint hunting. I'm kinda odd that way I guess.
I know guys & ladies kill elk with 243's every year, so I'm not sayin it's not possible to step down, but I personally consider a 270win as a minimum for elk. And since all my freezer filling firearms pull double duty as Elk rifles, I consider anything smaller to be varmint/target toys. Just my opinion.
But ya, the 270WSM IS a great cartridge, & it's LR capabilities are under rated.
If you want proof, or a confidence builder search for bigngreens 800+ yd elk video.
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