Which caliber, .223 or .270, for target shooting.

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  1. DB8297

    DB8297 New Member

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    I am going to be buying a new rifle for target shooting. I was wondering if anybody could help out on which caliber I should get, either a 223 or a 270.
     
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  3. Wambli

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    If you are just looking to punch paper accurately the .223 will be the most cost effective option. Also thereare a lot more options in accurate match ammo for the .223. None that I can think of in .270 and last but not least a long shooting session with a mild recoiling .223 is a pleasure. A long shooting session with your average .270 is not.
     
  4. jjfuller1

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    .223 gets my vote as well. for target shooting it will b elow recoil easy to shoot and accurate. cheaper to shoot as well
     
  5. russ

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    .223 is the easy choice if you don't care to ever hunt with this rifle or care about shooting longer than 300-400 yards. Much cheaper to feed the .223 and far easier to find it anywhere.
     
  6. therewolf

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    I have to agree, if hunting isn't in the picture, a .270 would be a waste.

    So, another vote for .223...
     
  7. jnettrecker

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    I have both and use both for hunting :) However if I were only going to be punching holes in paper the .223 is the answer. If hunting is in the picture then the .270 is the answer. Mine particularly likes the 140gr SST Superformance by Hornady and will put bullet after bullet through the same hole at 100yds so although more expensive it is a viable target gun as well. Just my $0.02
     
  8. therewolf

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    I'm given to understand the .270 gives a very flat trajectory at

    long distances, compared to .308 or 30-06.

    But the additional expense just for punching paper

    seems a little over the top...
     
  9. mitymouse1968

    mitymouse1968 New Member

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    If you are just going to punch paper then go with the .223. But beware of wind drift even at 100 yrds.
     
  10. Wambli

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    The difference is negligible and there is no commercial match ammo or match bullets made for the .270. That's why you never see a .270 in competition.
     
  11. lonewolf101

    lonewolf101 New Member

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    the 223 is fun and cheap to shoot.
     
  12. Bighead

    Bighead New Member

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    Of the two you mentioned, I would go with .223

    My personal choice would be .260 Remington or 7mm-08 Remington.
     
  13. spittinfire

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

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    If all you want to do is punch paper, I'd go with the 223.
     
  14. Sniper03

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    This is a no brainer! :) 223

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  15. alxltd1

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    The 223 will offer you several advantages over the 270 for target work. There are a vast number of match projectiles in 223 as well as significant load data avaialble to start with. It is mild rcoil at least as compared to the 270 and will be somewhat easier to master proper trigger control and technique. And it will be more economical to shoot. Good luck.
     
  16. CHLChris

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    But it's not all about punching paper. A good rifle, especially if you do not have a gun safe full of them, must perform multiple functions. If you are punching paper AND protecting against zombies, then .223 is still your best option.

    If punching paper and wanting to be able to take a 4-footed beast, say in the whitetail category, maybe you should consider .308.