.270 wsm max effictive range??

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  1. emmagator

    emmagator Well-Known Member

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    Like the title says what would you say the max effective range would be for 270wsm, particularly on elk? Reason i ask is im thinking of re-barreling my 270wsm to 300wsm when the time comes. Any thoughts?
     
  2. BlackSS

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    Probably in the neighborhood of 700-800 yards for elk if you push it to max loads.
     

  3. royinidaho

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    I'd consider those yardages max for deer and reduce it to 500-600 for a big bull elk, and a bit more for a cow. This is with the current bullet offerings readily available in .277" diameter.
     
  4. emmagator

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    So what would a 300wsm bump me up to with elk. Would it really be a big difference?
     
  5. bigngreen

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    I'm comfortable in the 700-800yrd range with current bullet offering and hand loading on elk, with the 169.5 Wildcat, by the numbers I plan on 1400yrds ish if accuracy is there. A 300 WSM about 1000yrds ish.
     
  6. BlackSS

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    I agree with factory ammo, but this cartridge has a lot to offer if hand loaded.
     
  7. emmagator

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    And i will be shooting a handload. Im just wondering in a real world hunting situation if it would be worth it to me to move up from the 270wsm to the 300wsm?
     
  8. royinidaho

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    Only after the 270 wsm barrel is warn out would it be worth it.

    Go to JBM - Calculations - Trajectory run the number and see for yourself. 1800 FPS is sometimes considered minimum velocity for consistent expansion.

     
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  10. emmagator

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  11. OKIE2

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    yes you are right but I can change my barrel myself in less that 10 minutes.
    and buy used barrels for $50.00
     
  12. emmagator

    emmagator Well-Known Member

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    Ah hah gotcha, nice.
     
  13. theicon2u

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    last week i shot a huge cow elk @ 611 yards with my 270WSM. Nice high shoulder dropped instantly. 140 AB
     
  14. OKIE2

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    Nice shot
    That is the same place I try to make all my shots.
    no meat loss and dead right there always.