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View Poll Results: Which is better for deer hunting in Texas?
.270 33 51.56%
.308 31 48.44%
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Old 03-31-2010, 10:29 PM   #11
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How much "wind" are you anticpating shooting in??

Because I would think a reasonable shot on an animal, at an ethical distance, in even "bad" conditions wouldn't be a factor.

I have always heard that a white pie/paper plate, about 8" across, is a hit and kill shot for a North American deer. Maybe not perfect, but it will get the job done.

For either one of these calibers, if dialed in correctly, to miss that target at 100 yards would be a pretty bad shot or SEVERE wind.

An 8" group at 400 yards is roughly 2MOA, which is highly attainable for most rifles with just a little care and skill.

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a 270 has a faster muzzle velocity than a 308 but weighs less as well so who knows which one is more affected by outside variables. however i do know that finding information on how to properly adjust for wind on a 308 is very readily available. imo i think you should go with the .308, it has alot more ammo available and you can buy high end ammo that has a muzzle velocity comparable to a 270 and since the round weighs more it will lose less speed at distance meaning it will actually shoot flatter the extra weigh will also reduce the affects of wind althought it will also have more recoil than a .270, its all up to what you want from your rifle and this is only my opinion on which is a better round

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OK, lets put this into real terms.
150gr .270: MV, 2854fps.
150yard zero: 2480fps 2047fp energy
@ 100yards, +.7". @ 230yards, -4.2"

150gr .308: MV, 2822fps.
150 yard zero: 2500fps 2083fp energy
@ 100 yards, +.7" . @ 230yards, -4.1"

I'm not really sure how anyone can say which is best. The .308 does carry more velocity and energy over distance. But, it is really not to the shooters advantage as the difference is minor.

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is 150 grain about the largest you can get in 270 and isnt 150 grain about the smallest you can get in .308?...yes im pretty sure it is. that makes a difference. what about a 180 grain .308?

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To make it fair you need to compare the .270 with a 130 gr bullet compared to the .308's 150 gr bullet. That's the bullet most commonly used in the .270.



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OK, lets put this into real terms.
150gr .270: MV, 2854fps.
150yard zero: 2480fps 2047fp energy
@ 100yards, +.7". @ 230yards, -4.2"

150gr .308: MV, 2822fps.
150 yard zero: 2500fps 2083fp energy
@ 100 yards, +.7" . @ 230yards, -4.1"

I'm not really sure how anyone can say which is best. The .308 does carry more velocity and energy over distance. But, it is really not to the shooters advantage as the difference is minor.
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Either one will do the trick, I am an avid deer hunter as well as my father. I shoot a .308 with 165gr hornady, he shoots a .270 with 140gr hornady. We have both made kills at 300 yards. A couple of years ago I switched to a .270WSM (my 308 is a heay barrel) I havent made any shots out to 300yards yet, but I am very pleased with its performance, but I am also shooting handloads from it with a MV of around 3000, and factory ammo is all that has been used while hunting in the other two. You will be happy with which ever one you pick. (I'd go with the short action).

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Though i dont know your specific hunting environment, I would probably recommend the .308 for two specific reasons. Short action, and ease and cost of obtaining ammunition. though finding .270 ammo shouldnt be to hard i challenge you to walk into any reputable gun shop and not find .308 ammo(at a extremely reasonable price)... Its possible but not likely.

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Just to throw something else out there. The 243 probably takes more deer in Texas each year than the 270/308 combined.
250 yrds for a Texas deer? Where do you plan on hunting-West Tx? Most shots on whitetail's are under 100 yrds anyplace I've hunted in this state.

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Just to throw something else out there. The 243 probably takes more deer in Texas each year than the 270/308 combined.
250 yrds for a Texas deer? Where do you plan on hunting-West Tx? Most shots on whitetail's are under 100 yrds anyplace I've hunted in this state.
Just want the capability in case I need it but will try to take them as close as I can.

I will hunt near Austin but mostly Rio Grande Valley.
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If we're allowed to recommend different calibers/cartridges I'd like to throw my hat in for the excellent low recoiling accurate 260 or 7mm08 (my choice).

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