270 vs 308 for hunting

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by kenpojohn, Oct 3, 2011.

  1. kenpojohn

    kenpojohn New Member

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    I have used both firearms with much success and love them both. I used the SR 25 in the ARMY and loved it and the 270 for othe ops and would love to know what you think for a hunting rifle in Florida around the panhandle.
     
  2. 303tom

    303tom Well-Known Member

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    Either one would suffice !
     

  3. trip286

    trip286 New Member

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    Both are very reliable meat getters. The .270 has a flatter trajectory, and I think more velocity. For deer hunting at ranges of 50-200 meters, with good shot placement, no problem with either one.

    I asked an old timer one time "what's the best hunting round?" he said "What do you shoot best?"
     
  4. Triumphman

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    Either round is very suffecient for any game up to Elk. If you load your own ammo, I really would settle for the 308, in that you can load bullets up to 200gr for really good knock down and the 308 can be loaded from mild to extreme target shooting. Just ask any Sniper. It virtually compares to the 30-06 in every way except for brass length. The 270 being a necked down version of a 30-06, actually started as a Wildcat cartridge many years ago, and it had such a following that it became an everyday caliber and plenty of Mom/Pop stores carry both for those times you go hunting and forget your ammo at home. Good choice in either caliber---now what gun are you choosing? Also, why would you rule out a 243, which is a necked down 308? Very capable caliber also for up to White Tail Deer. Just asking.
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  5. kenpojohn

    kenpojohn New Member

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    I used a 308 in the ARMY, have shot the 270 & 243 and like both. I am just used to the 308 and wanted some opinions on other options. Being a disabled veteran makes the funds an issue also, that is one of the reasons I am looking at the Remington 770. All the reviews say for the money, it is a great out of the box set up. I am up for suggestions in any caliber rifle, I just love the knock down of the 308.
     
  6. Triumphman

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    Sounds like you picked a very good round. Don't know much about the new Remingtons that are being built nowadays, and I'll take your word about the model 770. I do know that the Remington model 710 had lots of problems, while the model 700, they want an arm/leg for, but has been around for Decades. You might also want to check out a Savage 110 with it's Accu-Trigger or if you want a cheaper model, but without the Accu-trigger, check out a Stevens(now owned by Savage). They're very well built rifles and some say that they'll outshoot guns costing thousands of dollars. I own a older Mossberg ATR100 in 30-06 which I'm well pleased, and the newer ones now have "LTR"(lightning trigger action) which compares with Savage Accu-trigger, and they've proven themselves to be well built rifles, though just not as pretty as other rifles, but their cost is also cheaper. Also own a Weatherby Vanguard in 243 which is made by Howa(Japan) and it's been a very capable rifle for being less than $500.
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  7. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    the 308, the 270 and the 243 are excellent calibers. as a past owner of a remington 770, IMO, one of the worst guns i ever had the pleasure of getting rid of! savage also has the newer Axis series of rifles, very accurate and very affordable, and not bad looking rifles. marlin has the X7 series, very accurate and good looking IMO (i own three, 308, 7mm-08 and 25-06) also very affordable, the stevens 200, and then there are nice used rifles if you check the gun stores and pawn shops.
     
  8. dteed4094

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    I would have to opt for the 308 only because of availability and cost of ammo. I also like the diversity of bullet weights available. I wouldn't rule out the 30.06. Which rifle is very subjective to individual prefrences but Savage-Stevens has recently developed a very good rep for out of the box accuracy and value dollar for dollar. I have a Stevens 200 that shoots less than 1 MOA the first 3 shots and holds zero well, the group opens up when the barrel gets hot but not too drastically. Great hunting rifle.
     
  9. USEBOTHHANDS

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    from what i've read here on this forum, DO NOT get suckered into buying the 770.

    my next rifle will be a Remington Model 700 BDL .308 Win. i WILL pay for it, b/c it WON'T be one of those current, crappy, POS models that Remington is trying to pawn off on the know-nuthins! it'll be a REAL Model 700 of years gone by.

    by-the-way, i deer hunt with my Ruger M77 .270 Win and have been since 2001, and just last year bought a Winchester Model 70 'Coyote' in .243 Win, i will be givin the hawgs hell this year with it!

    so there you have it..........although, as you can tell, my opinion may be a little bit biased. LMAO
     
  10. Wambli

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    Hands down the .308 because of the huge quantity and quality of commercial loadings and bullet weights. If you handload there are more great .308 bullets than you'll ever have a chance to play with. Bullet availability in the .270 class is somewhat limited. I also like the platforms the .308 is chambered in. I love ultralight rifles and it is nearly impossible to find a real ultralight in a long action. No point in carrying around a 9 ln rifle to hunt with when a sub 7lb rifle will do the same job.

    As far as terminal performance between the two, for the game the .308 and .270 are meant for both do just fine. The .308 starts to edge out the .270 in the heavy for caliber loads like the 180-200 gr loads for the .30 cal bullet. But in all fairness if you need a 200 gr bullet in a .308 for the game you are hunting there are many other chanberings that will do a better job for you.
     
  11. dteed4094

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    Walmart has a scoped Savage Axis for $297 this weeks flyer.
     
  12. BenLuby

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    Great gun. I actually own that .270, and it is a great gun, especially for that price.
    Good groupings, and reliable. No misfires.
     
  13. kenpojohn

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    Thanks for all the input everyone, I ended up with the Stevens model 200 in the 308. I may end up replacing the trigger assembly later with the Accu trigger, but we'll have to see how things go for now. I am also looking at a few of the Howa models in another caliber........You can never have enough guns, horsepower or ammunition!!!!!!
     
  14. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    you might want to check, and i might be wrong, but i'm thinking the triggers are different between the Stevens and the Savage. i think i read somewhere else that they were not interchangeable. just something to check out.
     
  15. trip286

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    Range report when you get the chance brother.
     
  16. kenpojohn

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    I'll check in after we get a chance to sight in and get some rounds down range. You may be right about the trigger assemblies, but there are two assemblies available, I'll check in to it and get back with the names
     
  17. Triumphman

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    Non Accu-Trigger assemblies WILL NOT INTERCHANGE with the Accu-Trigger assemblies because the lower receiver is designed differently for each. You will need to look to an aftermarket trigger manufacturer for a lighter trigger, or if you know how to use/find/install lighter trigger springs these will work and also some "fine polishing" of the sear/hammer engagement will also work. Also if you have or know of a local gunsmith, they might help you with getting a good trigger pull for a couple bucks.
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  18. dteed4094

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    My Stevens 200 came with an adjustable trigger. There is a set screw on the trigger spring but you have to remove the stock, pretty easy. I doubt if they have changed in the last year. I had to stiffen mine up, it was a little to light after shooting the Mosin most of my range time.
     
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  19. kenpojohn

    kenpojohn New Member

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    They do make two triggers for the Stevens I just have to check the brand names and post it,try and post tommorrow
     
  20. Marlinman

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    The stevens 200 my buddy just brought me to have me adjust the trigger on adjusts just like my marlin x7. Remove the stock and VERY slowly and in small increments losen the nut and then the bolt till it fits you. Just dnt take it past the stop. His stevens by the way is in 270 and it shoots pretty good once we shot some of my home loads through it. My marlin shoots a little better but thats to be expected since the loads were made up for it.