.270 or 7mm-08

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  1. adason23000

    adason23000 New Member

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    From what I've read the 7mm-08 is bigger, faster, and flatter shooting. But the .270 is cheeper. What would be the best for you in your opinion?
     
  2. Anna_Purna

    Anna_Purna New Member

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    Best for what? Killing paper targets? Hunting large game? Home defense?
     

  3. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    best for what? hunting or target shooting?

    some ballistics for you to ponder on.

    Hornady ammo ballistics.

    270 Win. SST 140 gr. bullet.
    3090/2968 MV/ME @500 yards, 2187/1487 V/E.
    bullet drop. muzzle, -1.50" at 500 yards, -35.4"
    felt recoil in an 8 lb. rifle, 17.1 lbs.

    7mm-08 SST 140 gr. bullet.
    2950/2686 MV/ME @500 yards, 2059/1308 V/E.
    bullet drop. muzzle, -1.50" at 500 yards, -39.6"
    felt recoil in an 8 lb. rifle, 12.6 lbs.

    huge diference if hunting or wanting to target shoot.
     
  4. 303tom

    303tom Well-Known Member

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    If you ask me the 7mm-08 is just a .270 Lite, just my .02 cents...............
     
  5. Anna_Purna

    Anna_Purna New Member

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    If you ever reload, the 270 is simple to make your own brass from 30.06 or 25.06, not sure about the 7mm 08 though
     
  6. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    7mm-08, just use 308 cases!:p
     
  7. rockratt

    rockratt Active Member Lifetime Supporter

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    My vote goes to the 7mm-08. I have a BLR chanbered in it and it is a fine round. Nothing wrong witha 270 either.
     
  8. mdauben

    mdauben New Member

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    Actually, you have that a bit backwards. While 7mm is marginally larger in diameter than .270 the latter is actually more powerful and flatter shooting.

    As others have said, "best" is relative and depends on what and where you are shooting. For deer size game at reasonable ranges ( say 300 yards) the deer won't notice any difference although the 7mm-08 will do the job with less recoil and probably in a lighter, handier rifle.

    If you want to push the range further, or perhaps add elk to the list, the .270 will start to look like the better choice.
     
  9. chloeshooter

    chloeshooter New Member

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    Without knowing your intended use I'll assume hunting deer, antelope, other game of that ilk?

    .270 is available everywhere. I know a lot of long distance hunters in Montana (300 yards+) who swear by the round. Look at Axxe's chart it shoots somewhat flatter than the 7mm. I bet you will be pleased with either selection
     
  10. 303tom

    303tom Well-Known Member

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    From the 06 case you can make, .270, .25-06, .300 Savage, 7mm-08, .250-3000 Savage, .308, .243, hell you can even make .45 ACP..............
     
  11. nchunt101

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    The 7mm-08 compared to a .308 is what a .270 is to a 30-06--- The 7mm-08 and the .270 have very similar if not identical bullets but the 7mm-08 is based on a 308 case and the .270 is based on a 30-06 case.
     
  12. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    now where the 7mm-08 has an edge over the 270, is felt recoil. the 270 has a sharp recoil, depending on the rifle, where the 7mm-08, is very gentle and easily shot by beginning youth hunters and those sensitive to heavy recoil.

    longer distances and a little larger game than deer, the 270 would be my suggestion. up to larger sized deer and such and at reasonable ranges, or needing little gentler to shoot rifle, the 7mm-08 would be my choice.

    i own both and like both for their own reasons. but i shoot my 7mm-08 much more than i do my 270 by a large margin.
     
  13. jpattersonnh

    jpattersonnh Active Member

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    OK, with both shooting a 140gr BT, just a nosler bullet, MV is as follows w/ max load of IMR4064:
    .270: 2828fps
    7-08: 2770fps

    With a 200 yard zero, this is the result at 300 yards:
    .270: drop, 7.7" V=2233fps, E=1550fpe
    7-08: drop, 8" V=2215fps, E=1516fpe

    With that much energy, both are 300..350 yard elk guns.
     
  14. powg

    powg New Member

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    270/7mm-08

    it's like identical twin girls discussing who's the prettiest . red apples /green apples . 308 vs 30-06 etc:cool:
     
  15. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    until you find out one of those twin sisters punches harder than the other!:p
     
  16. John_Deer

    John_Deer New Member

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    I don't think anything matters in this thread. The OP hasn't returned to tell us his intended use for the rifle.
     
  17. jpattersonnh

    jpattersonnh Active Member

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    True to a point! Both cartridges like lighter bullets and perform very well with them. They are so close heading down to 120gr. The .270 performs very well. That slightly thinner and longer bullet can take game further. But, it also uses more powder to get there.
    Again, numbers at the muzzle don't show everything.

    120gr:
    .270: mv 3096
    7-08: mv 3017

    powder charge Max:
    IMR4064
    49.2gr .270
    43.9gr 7-08
     
  18. jpattersonnh

    jpattersonnh Active Member

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    BTW, I don't own a .270 for one reason.
    7mm Rem Mag
    140gr w/ 58.2gr 4064:
    300 yards: 5.9" drop, 2700fps, 2105fpe. you need to hit 500 yards to come close to 1500fpe. it is still above.
     
  19. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    i could get rid of my 270 simply because of my 280 Rem.! not that i will, but the 280 Rem. is just as capable as the 270, with almost similiar ballistics. the 280 just never got the same attention as the 270 did because of Jack O'Connor. but anything the 270 can do, the 280 can just about duplicate.

    http://www.hornady.com/store/280-Rem-139-gr-SST-Superformance/
     
  20. John_Deer

    John_Deer New Member

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    The 270 is a versatile rifle. I got bit by the Jack O'Connor bug. I bought a Model 70 winchester in 270 from the local Western Auto. It was the first centerfire rifle I selected/purchased on my own. I had shot a 270 owned by a friend and I liked it. Just with factory loads you can match anything from a 243 to light 30/06 loads.