I did see in earlier comments where the Weatherby was getting velocity in 3200+ range albeit is using a 28" rather long barrel. My rig is 7 lbs 15 oz with a 25" barrel and COAL is 3.012". I wanted a mountain rifle that was packable, somewhat compact and capable of hitting small targets at extended ranges. That's exactly what I got with the 270 WSM. Depending on your hunting style you can decide if the Weatherby with it's speed and nasty flat trajectory are a better fit for you. I will say that the WSM is no slouch at 3000 fps and I feel my set up is the best all around deer rifle a guy could ask for. I even use it on rugged elk hunts where I don't want to carry my long and heavy 300 win mag. A 270 wsm in this configuration with the 170 Berger at 3000 fps surpasses 95% of the rifles out there and is the ultimate deer, sheep, goat combination. Good luck in your build I'm sure you will enjoy the results with the Weatherby or WSM!
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