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Old 06-06-2011, 10:32 AM
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Winchester 270 vs Remington 7mm-08

I need some quick feedback. During my lunch break today I am going to head down to the local sporting goods store to purchase my 12 year old boy his first rifle. I had my mind set on getting him a Browning X-bolt in the 7mm-08 until I stopped in the store last Saturday and seen that they had a Browning X-bolt 270 on sale for a $100.00 buck less than the 7mm-08. Now I am wondering if I should get him the 270 instead. I currently reload for the 270 I would save myself an additional $100-$150.00 bucks in dies and brass if I go with the 270. So now I am leaning towards the 270 but the 7mm-08 still interests me with something new to play with. The rifle will be primarily used for big game hunting (mule deer, antelope, and elk). Recoil is not an issue as I have had my boy out shooting my 270 on a several occasions. I even took him out once shooting clay pigeons where we had to use some of my waterfowl 3 mags because I left the other at home. So I know that he can handle the recoil for ether caliber. Between the two calibers tell me what you think the good, bad and ugly would be for each caliber?

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Old 06-06-2011, 11:17 AM
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Re: Winchester 270 vs Remington 7mm-08

I have both a .270 and a .308. When you run the numbers they are balistically nearly identical. The 7mm might have better high BC bullet options than either a .308 or .277 but the .308 sized case can't take advantage of those long heavy bullets the way a 7mm Rem Mag can. If you want something different I'd say get the 7mm-08 but since you could save on components and dies I'd say stick with the .308. If you both shoot the same bullet it will make calling wind etc. identical for the both of you which might make practice easier. Personally I am keeping my .308 and wondering what to change my .270 in to. I'd like to go to a 7mm Mag as that is the most significant performance jump I can see with a standard Remington 700 long action. The .308 length short action rifles do seem a bit handier when carrying but that could be in my head. Might balance better for a kid though.

That's a long winded way of saying flip a coin as a deer probably won't be able to tell the difference.
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Old 06-06-2011, 06:02 PM
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Re: Winchester 270 vs Remington 7mm-08

I would say it wouldn't make a huge difference... until you put in the word "elk." While the 7mm-08 (and 308 and 243) can all kill elk I'd easily vote for the 270 if you are truly going to go after larger game. This is where the extra 200-300 fps and 200-300 foot pounds can make all the difference.

And, as noted, you'll save money with the 270.
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Old 06-06-2011, 06:50 PM
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Re: Winchester 270 vs Remington 7mm-08

Take the .270. It has multible advantages, higher velocity and higher ballistic coeffcients for standard bullet weights and mangable recoil. Good at longer ranges due to these facts. With the right bullet it can take all but the heaviest and dangerous animals in North America. Plus it is a good varmit round with a lighter bullet. My dad has used one since 1948 and I learned plus used one since 1976. Just my thoughts. MEV
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Old 06-06-2011, 07:13 PM
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Re: Winchester 270 vs Remington 7mm-08

A buddy of mine was In close the same boat you are in except he owned a 7mm-08 and he was going get his son the same untill he found the 270 was on sale. Anyways, he picked up the 270 instead of a 7mm-08 and since then he went out and got one too. He kept his 7mm-08 and uses it now and again but he uses the 270 more. My vote is 270. Win
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Old 06-07-2011, 01:10 PM
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Re: Winchester 270 vs Remington 7mm-08

Did you buy one?

Let us know how it shoots and what he bags.

Happy hunting!
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Old 06-07-2011, 02:10 PM
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Re: Winchester 270 vs Remington 7mm-08

The salesman pulled a quick one on me. He had a couple A-bolts mixed in with the X-bolts. The A-bolts were $100.00 buck less then the X-bolt. So I put a 7mm-08 X-bolt on layaway until I can get my boy to the store to purchase it. Now I am starting to wonder if I should have went with the Win 270. ARRGGGHHH..... I hate it when you are splitting hairs like this.

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