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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 06-14-2010, 04:15 AM   #31
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Go get a 30-06 savage 110. it wont break the bank. if I had to choose between those two I say go to a 308. 350 yard shots is nothing.l I have a Savage 110 30-06
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Old 06-28-2010, 06:23 AM   #32
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i voted for .308 for texas deer both will work....but in texas you may run across a mean ass boar that has already been shot with a 270 an he's lookin for payback ....have seen deer shot behind the shoulder with a 270 that were not recovered better to go with the .308 as factory ammo is available from 125grn -180grn or bigger if you handload
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Old 06-28-2010, 02:56 PM   #33
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In the 1st place, I've hunted boar a lot in the past and have NEVER seen a boar that a .270 wouldn't cleanly kill with the proper bullets. I've hunted full stock boar too-not just feral hogs.

Now we come to deer. Do you honestly believe that the .270 won't cleanly harvest ANY deer? How do you KNOW the deer were shot behind the shoulder if they weren't recovered??????? Maybe WAYY behind the shoulder in the guts. If the deer wasn't recovered you actually have no idea where the bullet went.



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i voted for .308 for texas deer both will work....but in texas you may run across a mean ass boar that has already been shot with a 270 an he's lookin for payback ....have seen deer shot behind the shoulder with a 270 that were not recovered better to go with the .308 as factory ammo is available from 125grn -180grn or bigger if you handload
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Old 06-28-2010, 03:51 PM   #34
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I seen deer in Texas shot with bb guns and they drop in their tracks. The ones that are not farm raised at not all the big in Texas. At least where I lived they would dress out at 80# maybe 90# was huge....
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when i meant recovered i should have said in edible condition ..2 different times , 1 doe @60 yrds was a yearling in size shot in lung area ...buddy said quartering towards him ...i know maybe a bad angle ...alittle high ..1 lung found next day .deer #2 35 yds a 2.5 yr old 7 point right behind shoulder ..blood trail just fizzled out..same buddy.. bullet may have hit brush and blew up deer found about 400 yds from where he shot him 2 days later..the 270 is a great caliber i was just relating 2 bad instances i personally have had no horror stories or lost deer
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You made a good choice out of two good choices! One point that I did not see mentioned is that the .308 is considered to be one of the most inherently accurate cartridges produced, the .270 does not fall in the same cagtegory. That being said a good shooting .270 will do very well, but typically not up to the .308.
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I use a .270 up here in Michigan. The deer here are bigger than the texas deer.

.270 works wonders on whitetail. I keep my shots usually within 100 yards but the .270 does good by me in the snowy and windy days here.

I would go .270.
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I'd go with the 270, mainly because it may give you a little more flexibility in the future. It would make a much better antelope gun if you ever choose to hunt those, and has probably taken as many elk as any round out there. Jack O'Conner was right about the 270. As far as guns--they are all good, but I would always favor the Rem 700--plus it's made in America. Just one person's opinion...
I also favored Remingtons but have recently been given pause because of this TV show revealing a possible safety issue with them. I no longer own any Remington guns but am still concerned about them in the hands of others and wish to amke sure everyone is aware of this uncommon but not rare dangerous condition with the 700's.

Thanks and sorry if this upsets any of my fellow Rem fans.
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I have shot both, owned both, & have killed deer with both. Recoil, IMO, is so close you're not going to tell the difference. You didn't mention if you hand load or not. I'm assuming you don't, but if you do don't throw out the 7mm.08, 260, & 6.5x55. These are all excellent rounds with easy recoil but are tough to find on the shelf. But back to the question, I would choose the 270. You can find lighter loads if you go after prairie dogs or coyotes a lot easier than you can in the 308. As for the brand of rifle; what flavor peanut butter do you like?
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You may want to check ballistics from the various sites like Federal, Remington, and others.
They will furnish all the info such as drop, energy, drift at various ranges as well as factory ammo and bullet types and performance.
I usually identify what I will be hunting in the next 10 years, pick the bullets, then choose the rifle to wrap around it.
For Texas deer a 240 should be considered out to 200 yards. It also is a fine round for coyotes and smaller varmints and has less recoil than the 270 or 308
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