Best lightweight 270 WSM?

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  1. Bob33

    Bob33 Well-Known Member

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    I have given up on my Weatherby Ultralight 257. I want a lightweight gun (7 pounds or less) that shoots 1 MOA. I don't reload currently. I am considering the 270 WSM as the caliber of choice. I've looked at the Winchester Model 70s, the Browning X Bolts, and the Kimber Montana lines. I don't want a Sako or Tikka. The Savage line looks to be too heavy.

    The gun will be used primarily for hunting antelope, deer, and possibly elk on occasion.

    I would like the cost to be $1200 or less; preferably under $1000. Ugly is OK. I just want a gun that shoots well.

    Which 270 WSM rifle would you recommend with these criteria?
     
  2. bigngreen

    bigngreen Well-Known Member

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    You want 7lbs bare or loadout ready?
     

  3. Bob33

    Bob33 Well-Known Member

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    7 pounds gun only; as it comes "out of the box" if you will.
     
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    Model: 16 FHSS
    Series: Weather WarriorAccuTrigger: YesSights: Drilled and tapped for scope mountsAccuStock : YesMagazine: Hinged floorplateStock material: SyntheticBarrel material: Stainless SteelStock finish: MatteBarrel finish: High LusterStock color: BlackBarrel color: NaturalAction:ShortAvailable chamberings:
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    Twist:Length*:Weight*:Ammo
    Cap.:MSRP**:Barrel:Overall:1796222-250 REM1 in 12"22"41.75"6.9 lbs4$778.0017963243 WIN1 in 9.25"22"43.75"7.15 lbs4$778.0017965308 WIN1 in 10"22"41.75"6.9 lbs4$778.0018492223 REM1 in 9"22"41.75"6.9 lbs4$778.0018600250 SAV1 in 10"22"41.75"6.9 lbs4$778.0018601300 SAV1 in 10"22"41.75"6.9 lbs4$778.0017966270 WSM1 in 11"24"41.75"6.9 lbs2$809.0017968300 WSM1 in 10"24"41.75"6.9 lbs2$809.00'Right click' here to download high resolution photo.
    * All weights and dimensions are approximate.
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    Has everything a guy could want, Accutrigger, Accustock and 6.9 lbs. I like Savages and I shoot one in a 270 WSM so this thread is kinda interesting, I have wondered how much weight I could shave of a Savage with a Milling machine, flute the action lighten up the bolt and bolt handle.
     
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    Savage all the way, i'm going to try some barnes 110 gr. ttsx in a couple of weeks, i do'nt like cutting animals in half.
     
  7. mcseal2

    mcseal2 Well-Known Member

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    I just bought a 270WSM that I really like so far that sounds like just what you are looking for. I picked it up used off gunbroker.

    The guy I bought it from had already had a 2lb trigger kit and Bell & Carlson ultralight stock with the aluminum bedding block. I had my gunsmith (and FFL) I had it shipped to look it over. After it checked out I mounted a 4.5x14 VX3 so I could get to working up loads for a mule deer hunt I have planned this fall. The stock fits me very well and the rifle weighs 7.25lbs with everything but ammo and sling. It should be nice to carry in the mountains.

    I got a little time today to start working up loads for it. After sighting it in I shot a .75" group with some 130gr Sierra gameking loads over H4831. I was happy with the accuracy, but wanted a tougher bullet for this rifle once I had it close to zeroed. I loaded up some 140gr accubonds with 62.5gr of H4831 and shot a 3 shot group measuring .46". Without letting it cool I shot 2 more that opened the group to .63". I quit on that one and loaded some more to make sure I can repeat those results.

    I've only owned 2 Browning A-bolts, but they have been the easiest rifles to find loads for I've ever had. I haven't tried factory ammo, but they haven't been picky on handloads. The synthethic stalker in the WSM weighs 6lbs 6oz out of the box and then it just depends what you do from there.

    Whatever brand you choose, if they make an aftermarket Limbsaver pad for it they are well worth the money. I have one on a 280 A-bolt and it really makes a difference. I also had the 2lb trigger spring kits in both of mine and would recommend putting in a kit in whatever weight you are comfortable with.
     
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  8. azsugarbear

    azsugarbear Well-Known Member

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    Browning A-Bolt II Composite Stalker. (If you can find one). I've had nothing but good luck with them. They have been accurate out of the box, good styling and they just plain fit me.
     
  9. Bob33

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    I've just about decided to get a Browning X-Bolt Stainless Stalker. It has nearly all the features I want, and I have read very few complaints about it.
     
  10. mcseal2

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    The A-bolt repeated it's results off the bench this evening. I touched 2 shots right where they needed to be and saved the rest of the ammo. Next step is to chronograph the load in various temperatures and have a turret built. The rifle also got it's first kill today. I shot a coyote on a rocky slope in one of our pastures, the destruction was extreme. The coyote was facing me at 175yds and the bullet penetrated the length of the coyote and then hit a large rock behind him and did additional damage with the shrapnel. Don't get to see a cloud of limestone smoke and fur together very often.

    So far so good.
     
  11. 3006savage

    3006savage Well-Known Member

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    The Kimber Montanas are very nice and the ones I have shot were accurate. Less than MOA.

    Kimber > Rifles > Model 8400 > Montana™

    With this gun weighting 6 lbs 3 oz you could come in very close to 7lbs including the scope.
     
  12. jde650

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    I have both, a savage stainless with accu stock and accu trigger and a browning A bolt medallion. The browning groups are 1/2 the savage and IMOP the browning is much better looking. Also fits me better. Your choice is right on. :)