That’s funny , I hunt with a Winchester 70 circa 1978. When I hunted in Wyoming my guide picked up my rifle and said great choice!My first deer rifle was a post 64 in .270. That was in the early 80s. All the hunters I looked up to recommended it. 40 plus years later, with more hunting experience and funds for a multitude of guns, I find myself grabbing a custom M70 in .270 more than any other cartridge. Literally, everything I have ever pointed that rifle at has died. I have shot jack rabbits, coyotes, mule deer, antelope, elk, and even a Shiraz moose with it. Sure debating cartridges around a campfire is part of the fun and nowadays, I’m sure their are far better specialized cartrdiges, but I have a sentimental feeling towards the .270 and it has proven itself to me over the decades. I have had two separate Wyoming guides ask me point blank, what I was hunting with. When I replied, “ Model 70 in .270”, both pretty much said the same thing. “Can’t argue with that combo.”
I bought an Ultralightweight right after they came out in .280. It just would not shoot. Re-barreled to 6.5x284, now shot out. It's going to be a straight .270, cut-rifled with a 1 in 8.5 twist. Can't wait till it's done!Hi , Yes I own three rifles in 270 Win, and a Weatherby Mark V in 270 Weatherby Mag . My Favorite Go to Deer Rifle happens to be a Weatherby Ultralight, which has a 24 inch S/S Fluted Barrel , in 270 Win , with a Leupold Vari X 3 4.5X to 14 X scope ( 30mm Tube ) . I have had years of excellent results using 130 Grn Nosler Ballistic tips, in light Win cases ,matched for case weight, , using H 4831, and Win LR Primers. I own several .30 cal Rifles as well, but for me ,a light accurate bolt action rifle , chambered in 270 Win is The Classic Deer Rifle. PS I had the stocked Hydro Graphic Dipped and made Snow Camo, Just because I cant leave stuff alone!! Good luck with yours Buddy !!!
Great quote on sword fighting! On the flip side, one doesn’t bring a sword on an elk hunt.Yep, going way back the .270 was marketed with many of the same ideas that we hear about the 6.5 CM today - mild recoil, better ballistics than it's daddy, the good old '06. Frequently recommended for recoil-shy shooters, especially once the magnum craze began in the 60's. All for good reason - it is still one of the better all-around cartridges available. No coincidence that it has kept on rolling for almost a hundred years now.
Honestly its one you'd have a hard time saying anything bad about. If there is a drawback it's that the 150 cannot pack the punch of a heavier pill, but to make that argument stick you have to talk about heavier bullets and magnum cartridges. Apples and oranges! That said you are spot on when comparing it to the 6.5 CM - Hard to call the Creed a true elk caliber but the 270 has a solid record on them provided the shooter does his part. Not saying a Creed cannot kill elk, just saying a pocket knife isn't the best choice for a swordfight. The 270's record on game speaks for itself.
Neither should be a first choice if anything much bigger or meaner than elk is on the docket, so let's leave that out of the discussion.
Will you be reloading for your .270?
Excellent build to remain being a Browning Boy. What twist in your Bartlein barrel?I am left handed so the options were limited. I really liked the looks of the Browning X-Bolt Hell's Canyon McMillan, but they are very, very limited production. I have actually never seen one in person. I decided that money was no option and had one built. Browning X-Bolt action, .277 24" Bartlein #3 barrel @ 24", McMillan Game Scout stock, Timney trigger, Leupold VX5HD 3-18 x 56 scope. I even had the entire rifle Ceracoted in burnt bronze. The only thing I lack is getting the stock dipped in ATAC-AU camo.
By the way, it shoots really good with ELD-X 145 grain bullets.