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Old 03-11-2013, 01:22 PM
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I read recently on a hunting blog that there was no need for the Winchester Short Magnum (WSM). I think not! I really have to question this statement. The WSM is no mere commercial wildcat. It is a cartridge whose time has come. We enter the 21st century with advancements in bullet design, smokeless powder, and rifle making. Therefore, the WSM is today's magnum for the long range hunter. The .270 WSM fills the long neglected gap between the .270 Winchester and the .270 Weatherby Magnum. The .270 caliber has been well established as an excellent caliber for North American big game. Now, the .270 WSM extends the range of the .270 Winchester without the extreme recoil of the .270 Weatherby Magnum. Read More...
This is a thread for discussion of the article, Winchester's .270 WSM Is My Next Rifle Caliber, By Charles Smith. Here you can ask questions or make comments about the article.
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Re: Winchester's .270 WSM Is My Next Rifle Caliber

I just put a scope on a customer 270 WSM tika and was really impressed. I used 150 bergers and got 2950 fps and very good groups. It was also very comfortable to shoot and did have a brake. It had not been bedded or acurized but still shot well for a factory gun.
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Old 03-12-2013, 11:05 AM
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Re: Winchester's .270 WSM Is My Next Rifle Caliber

I have just purchased a Featherweigtht Model 70 in 270 WSM(unfired) and plan to reload for it and my son's BAR. Any favorite hunting(deer, antelope) and/or target loads you can recommend?
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Old 03-12-2013, 02:58 PM
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Re: Winchester's .270 WSM Is My Next Rifle Caliber

Got this caliber in A7 Sako before last season and decorated it with a Conquest. Still playing with commercial loads, distances, etc. Fun to shoot. Got the gun for the same reasons discussed in the article.
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I bought a Model 70 in 270WSM when it was first introduced and hunted with it for about 5 years. It was a solid 600-700 yard rifle producing .5MOA with 150 gr bullets at 3100FPS. I eventually switched to a 6.5x284 due to the availability of high BC 140 gr VLD's that got me to 1000 yards and have been with them since. The recent 165 Matrix sounds very appealing and I have been considering giving them a try in the 270WSM. My only hesitation is the 1:10 twist common in the 270 barrels that may not stabilize the longer bullet.
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Re: Winchester's .270 WSM Is My Next Rifle Caliber

Greyfox---it's a good point. I don't reload and I'm assuming with the bullet weight the Matrix is a longer bullet. I just bought a box of Barnes triple shock and while Only 140 it looks to be a longer bullet. It will be a few weeks but I'm curious how it will shoot.
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Greyfox---it's a good point. I don't reload and I'm assuming with the bullet weight the Matrix is a longer bullet. I just bought a box of Barnes triple shock and while Only 140 it looks to be a longer bullet. It will be a few weeks but I'm curious how it will shoot.
The bullets that I used most were Nosler 240 Accubonds and for longer rage work, the Hornady 150gr SST's BC .525. They performed well at all ranges out to around 600-700 yards and were very accurate.
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