I am in need of some input on the 270 wsm as a viable LR hunting round. I would use it primarily to hunt heavy bodied deer and elk.
Shooting distance is only limited by my skill and the effective range of the rifle, I have very good conditions for LR shooting.
I have ran some balistics tables on the 270 wsm with Berger 140 VLD and it seems like a reasonable choice out to 800yds possibly to 1000yds.
I can buy a Savage 12fvss in 270 wsm and it seems like a good combo as well as being easy on the wallet.
Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.
Anything can shoot far. I am going to have a buddy of mine built me a 7mm WSM with a Savage action when he gets done with his gunsmith school. Should be a sweet rifle. As far as the 270 WSM, I would say look into something bigger. The 270 caliber doesn't really have a wide selection of bullets, but if that doesn't bother you then I would go for it. If money is a issue and this is the best deal for you right now then do it. Get some good glass on it and it should be a shooter. -Jake-
Guess it, shoot it. Holdover! Why dial it when you can just hold over?
“A 20 inch barrel on a 338 lapua is more of a flame thrower.” -Longshot38
You did not say where you lived or how much western hunting you planned on doing. I have traveled in most western states and admired the vast openess of the area but I have never hunted the western country. I have been hunting since 1960 I have shot lots of white tail deer in the eastern US with 243, 6 mm, 270 & 30-06 calibers. My son in law and other friends have hunted the west for mule deer and elk and shared experiences with me. I have found the 270 more than adequate on anything in the eastern US. The 270 is my favorite caliber. You can get bullets in Nosler Partition from 130 to 160 grains and other bullets from Nosler, Sierra, Speer, Berger and Hornady from 90 to 150 grains. This selection is more than adequate for all eastern hunting....... somewhat like cable TV in its offerings..... 120 channels but you only watch about 5 of them.... so a big selection of available bullets isn't that important so long as you get a few that cover your needs. Most of the experienced western hunters say the 270 is adequate on Elk up to 500 yards or so. That being said if I lived out west and were to do a lot of Elk hunting I would like something larger that the 270 for Elk. If I were to go on only 2 or 3 Elk hunts I wouldn't hesitate to take my 270 and just get them a little closer before shooting. The 270WSM is a bit more powerful than the 270 and all I have read on it indicates it to be an excellent long range caliber that is very capable of staying in the long range race with the big boys.
If I lived out west I would have a 260 OR 270 and probably a 300WM for Elk if I did much Elk hunting.
Last edited by Alfred Crouch; 11-30-2008 at 06:18 PM.
From what I've seen the 270 wsm is hitting max range at 600 yards for the bigger game like an elk. Can you take a deer out to 1,000 yards with it? Sure.
BUT I do think the 270 has a great selection of bullets from 85gr to 169.5. Are the lower grain ones going to work for bigger game? No, but it is a good rifle with a wide range of bullets that you can shoot small to larger frame animals out to 600 yards.
Can you shoot an elk at 800-1,000 yards with a 270wsm yep, I'm sure there are folks here that have done greater things with smaller bullets, but for me I'll stop at about 600 yards on big game.
I'd rather be hunting with Uncle Ted!
Its a rather intriguing round. I have seriously considered one for deer sized game, however elk are another story. There is considerable difference between a big deer and an elk, they are tough buggers. That said shot placement is of considerable importance and all the wsms have the accuracy potential. I am going to cast my vote for the aforementioned 600 yard elk capacity.
I have a Winchester Coyote (24" barrel) in the .270WSM and while I haven't taken a deer with it yet I have reloaded for and shot it a few times with 130/135/140gn bullets. I owned a .270Win a few years ago and took a ton of deer with it. The WSM is just more of a good thing. With todays bullets (AccuBond's, Scirocco's, Berger's, TSX's, E-Tips) I'm confident it will take a deer or elk out to any range you ask it to. Remember, shot placement should always be paramount. JohnnyK.