Just to throw my 2 cents, I have a 7mm rem mag savage, had a 7mm WSM(browning A-Bolt) which is basically identical to the 270WSm and now I own a 300 WSM in a browning X-bolt. As far as recoil goes, the 270WSM will kick similar to the 7mm mag and 7mm WSM if you have shot either. Of course it depends on what bullet weight and powder load you are shooting. All things being equal, the 300WSm will kick a little more in the same rifle with same type rounds/loads. However, I just bought a browning X-bolt....which has their "new" designed recoil pad and believe me it works wonders. It feels like it has the same if not less recoil than my 7mm rem mag savage and my 7mm WSM A-bolt I use to have.
Personally id go for the 300WSM all day long:
1.) it has more ammo diversity in factory loads. Giving you more options for accuracy testing and being able to go up higher grains for bigger game such as ELK or Moose...and even grizzlies but for grizzlies id go with a 338 or something like that.
2.) It will have more knock down power if you are comparing same bullets..... i.e. 300WSM 180grain will have more knockdown than a 180 grain 7mm WSM or 270wsm. due to a bigger diameter bullet "in theory"
3.) its bullet trajectory will not be "AS" flat as a 270 but close enough that you nor the deer will ever tell a difference.
AND if you can afford the X-Bolt...you WILL NOT notice the difference in recoil...especially if this is a hunting rifle and your adrenaline is pumping. Now if you arent shooting long ranges...I would highly consider just a regular 270 or 30.06. LOT less recoil than magnums, and they have TONS of ammo options including much cheaper.
Now if you arent shooting long ranges...I would highly consider just a regular 270 or 30.06. LOT less recoil than magnums, and they have TONS of ammo options including much cheaper.
My thoughts exactly, for the ranges you are looking at and the critter involved the magnums are not needed. There are some other rounds that would fill the need too including the .25/06, 6.5-.284, .280 Remington, .260 Remington and a host of others. The first 2 though will do all you want and factory ammo is as cheap as you can find any factory ammo plus the selections of both rifles and ammo are large.
I know I'm a bit late, but i wanted to mention that Tikka makes nice wood. Maybe not like the old wood rifles of Remington, but really nice nonetheless. I find their craftsmanship to be A+! Whereas other rifle makers are degrading their quality of craftsmanship. :/
Im planning on buying my father a precise superior rifle he can really enjoy. Originally wanted to buy a .7mm wsm but I know bullets are getting scarce. So looking at the 300wsm or 270wsm Ive been looking at the Browning A bolt Medallion and the Savage 14/114 American Classic. Im looking for a strong name, accuracy, and seldom need of capability with knockdown power at 400yds. All we hunt with rifles are Whitetail with this being said I want him to enjoy the best rifle for our application, no matter the brand or price but, it must be wood grain.
You have seen lots of good replies here. Just wanted to add that you did not say anything of your budget. My personal two choices would be both in .270 Winchester.
One option is the Supergrade bolt action with a decent scope like the 3.5x to 10x VX-3 Leupold. The other idea and one I prefer is a decent Remington 700 in .270 Win built by the Remington Custom Gun Shop. Great wood, great metal work, really decent accuracy, and somethings for sure he will be proud to hunt with.