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  • Is there anyone else out there who will fess up to owning a .270WSM? I bought it and was concerned with availability of ammo bu

    Is there anyone else out there who will fess up to owning a .270WSM? I bought it and was concerned with availability of ammo but liked the compromise between the '06 and .270. I've fired one shot at a deer to date which travelled approximately 12" straight down after the shot. I'm wondering as to others experiences and concerns. Thanks all.

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    I feel so lonely. And cold.

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      I shoot a 270 and love it! Every deer I've shot dropped or went under 30 yards. My dad also has shot a ton of deer with the same rifle and only has had two run on him. Both deer were under 50 yards when they ran. How are the ballistics on a 270WSM (its a short mag right?)

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        Based on the Remington charts using 150 grain in the short magnum, 130 in the .270 and 180 in the 30-'06, the initial muzzle velocities are 3160,3060, and 2725 respectively and 2792,2510,2360 at 200 yards. Muzzle energy goes 3325,2702,2967, at 200 yards 2595,1818,2226. I'm in PA, so past 200 yards is almost academic to me. There aren't a lot of places where I can hunt and see 200 yards at the same time. Zeroed at 150 yards it drops 1" less than the .270 at 250 yards. The up front trade offs are that the difference in recoil compared to the remington 700 in '06 I was shooting is definitely noticable and ammo costs 50% more. I don't practice with that particular rifle much due to the cost of ammo. I put a pad on mine and now it's like getting hit with a nerf football instead of a bat, which has helped with my shooting.

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          I shoot a .270 wsm and I'm very happy with it. you do have to watch what bullets types you use given size of game and shooting distances. Some of the lighter lead core bonded loads will tend to fragement at shorter distances but the sectional loads do just fine. It definitely spits them out fast. Federal offers about the most options for ammo followed by Wichester and Remington.

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          • #6
            Thanks Scott. I've been using the Winchester power points in 150 grain. The choice was more due to range testing with my particular rifle than terminal performance. In the one deer I've shot with it, which was quartering towards me at 50 yards, the bullet seemed to expand well without fragmenting. The cost for that was probably an extra 5 pounds of shoulder and neck meat that was completely bloodshot from the force of impact, but I would typically have expected to be able to cut closer to the entry wound with less loss. On the other side it didn't seem to spit lead fragments through the meat. Either way, I'll take that over a long track with the chance of being given the slip anytime. Public land is often tight around here. My father in law recovered a buck that travelled about 500 yards after the shot and shortly after he caught up to it two other hunters came up his trail who stated that they saw the blood and figured they'd see if they could grab the deer if he lost it. You don't want them to go far after a shot in any case and certainly never go to waste, but you'll lose a deer to either private property and a lack of permission to enter or the next guy in the woods if they walk.

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            • #7
              I also have a .270WSM (Savage Weather Warrior) and love it!
              Take a look at the ballistics, it actually outperforms the '06 (comparing 130 grain .270WSM to 150/160 grain '06 - Remington ballistics chart).
              I've taken two caribou and an antelope with the .270WSM and all three dropped in their tracks....the caribou were at 100 yds and 291 yards and the antelope was at 225 yards (I use a range finder)...

              I use Remington 130 grain PSP Core-Lok sighted in at zero at 200 yards..

              Hope this helps!

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