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Old 10-16-2011, 07:00 PM   #41
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That is indeed a good point! I like it .

I almost went .30-06 but realized two things: I am not a glutton for recoil so I didn't need the biggest thing around, and I probably wasn't going do much hot-rodding so even the .308 was plenty. Thus, I went with the .308 because it uses less powder for typical loads, and because the rifle I wanted only came in .308 and not .30-06.
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Old 10-16-2011, 07:46 PM   #42
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Hmmmmmmm

I like your recommendation for trying something new. I hadn't looked at it like that. And I am all about trying new things so it makes pretty good sense. Thank you. For the first time I think I've got some direction. I think .308 might be the ticket
another suggestion if looking for something new, 7mm-08. i had looked at this round many years ago, started to buy one, but didn't. i bought a new Marlin XS7 in 7mm-08, i fell in love with it. it is a true treasure to shoot and has become one of my favorite calibers. very accurate, recoil is not bad at all, easy round to reload. very versatile round also. maybe a 25-06, also a very good caliber. just some ideas!
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Old 10-17-2011, 02:43 PM   #43
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What are the immediate differences between .270 and .308?
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What are the immediate differences between .270 and .308?
as far as what? bullet/case or ballistics?
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The difference is a .270 drops whatever you shoot. A .308 drops whatever you shoot in it's tracks. In all seriousness, you simply have more options for what size bullet you shoot in a .308 and that lets you find the right bullet for your type of hunting. With a .270 you can pretty much choose between 130 gr and 150 gr. With a .308 you can shoot just about any weight bullet you want. You can shoot anything with a 30-06 as well, but the .308 really seems to perform better than anything else when comes to putting game down. I don't know why it works better? It just does.
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That is indeed a good point! I like it .

I almost went .30-06 but realized two things: I am not a glutton for recoil so I didn't need the biggest thing around, and I probably wasn't going do much hot-rodding so even the .308 was plenty. Thus, I went with the .308 because it uses less powder for typical loads, and because the rifle I wanted only came in .308 and not .30-06.
I am the opposite - love the recoil effect from my Mossberg .30-06 rifle. My wife thinks I love the abuse!

I will probably purchase a .308 for her to shoot!
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The difference is a .270 drops whatever you shoot. A .308 drops whatever you shoot in it's tracks. In all seriousness, you simply have more options for what size bullet you shoot in a .308 and that lets you find the right bullet for your type of hunting. With a .270 you can pretty much choose between 130 gr and 150 gr. With a .308 you can shoot just about any weight bullet you want. You can shoot anything with a 30-06 as well, but the .308 really seems to perform better than anything else when comes to putting game down. I don't know why it works better? It just does.
actually if you compare the ballistics of a 270 vs. 308, the ballistics on a 270 are actually a little better, especially the muzzle energy. i compared factory loaded ammo ballistics to get this information. also factory loaded ammo for the 270 ranges in bullet weight from 110gr, 115gr, 120gr, 130gr, 140gr, 145gr and 150gr for factory ammo. and if you reloaded, you have even more choices. i have owned several 270's and 308's, both will drop a deer in their tracks if you place the shot well. i even have cousins who elk hunt with 270's and have no problem dropping an elk with that round.
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I was asking the difference referring to ballistics and trajectory. Overall performance.

See I am not a reloader nor an ammo/ballistics guru. I don't sit on a bench at the range all day. I usually have my system bore sighted at 100 yds, buy a box of bullets and play trial and error with coyotes. If I shoot and miss, I try and pay attention to where I was and where I ended up hoping I get a chance for a follow up.
I realized this is not a favored practice. I've gotten all the opinions I can handle on why I should reload and study ballistics. Why I should sight my scope differently. But the truth is, I'm pretty good at what I do because I've missed. I can pick up anything and figure it out. I don't need fancy or perfection to make me a good shooter. I just need coys, lol.
That's why I liked the .270. I got real comfortable with it's trajectory and I never had to re-shoot a dying coyote.

That's why I want one gun to take everywhere. Cause if you can get a coy on the move at 200 yards with a rifle off the wall, you're doing alright.
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Please tell me you're joking. You hunt with a bore sighted rifle and wing it? Not very ethical my friend. Most centerfire hunting rifles do well with a 200 yard zero. If it's too much effort to sight in your rifle properly, you should at least be able to hit the bottom of a beer can at 25 paces. Bore sighting only gets you on paper.
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Please tell me you're joking. You hunt with a bore sighted rifle and wing it? Not very ethical my friend. Most centerfire hunting rifles do well with a 200 yard zero. If it's too much effort to sight in your rifle properly, you should at least be able to hit the bottom of a beer can at 25 paces. Bore sighting only gets you on paper.
i couldn't believe i read that either. hunting, even a coyote should be a clean kill, period, or it's not ethical IMO. if you don't reload, then find factory ammo and get it sighted in, it's not that hard. if not, then leave the coyotes alone and start shooting paper targets.
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