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Old 08-22-2018, 06:07 PM   #1
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Currently own a .243, 6.5 CM and a .308.

Looking at getting a .270 or a .30-06, which would you go with and why?

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Old 08-22-2018, 06:12 PM   #2
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Old 08-22-2018, 06:14 PM   #3
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Neither you already have those bases covered you need an lever gun my vote is a Marlin 336 in 35 Remington
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Old 08-22-2018, 06:14 PM   #4
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It's the same exact case...unless you want to shoot heavy bullets, then no real difference.

Since you are contemplating between these two, why not just split the difference & get a .280...I think this is the best round of the 06 case family.
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Old 08-22-2018, 06:15 PM   #5
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Neither...

If you forced me... 270 but neither of those
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Old 08-22-2018, 06:18 PM   #6
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3006, cause it is the best
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Old 08-22-2018, 06:19 PM   #7
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338 mag.
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Old 08-22-2018, 06:20 PM   #8
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06! Nuff said! LOL! Lik said though, with having a 308, you are in the same area.
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Old 08-22-2018, 06:21 PM   #9
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Old 08-22-2018, 06:23 PM   #10
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Between the 2, .30-06 simply for the variety of .30 caliber bullets to choose from, but the .270 will do just about everything the .30-06 will. If it were me and I had the 3 caliber rifles that you do, I would go to the opposite end of the spectrum and get a magnum, 7mm Rem Mag, or 300 Win Mag.
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Old 08-22-2018, 06:23 PM   #11
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8mm-06 use that case. It packs a punch


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Old 08-22-2018, 06:29 PM   #12
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Currently own a .243, 6.5 CM and a .308.

Looking at getting a .270 or a .30-06, which would you go with and why?

**Let's see if my answers are 50/50 Mason**
30-06,,, its flatter than most people think, can carry a much heavier bullet and has been getting the job done for over 100 years.... better variety of bullets also
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Old 08-22-2018, 06:31 PM   #13
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30-06,,, its flatter than most people think, can carry a much heavier bullet and has been getting the job done for over 100 years.... better variety of bullets also
You can walk into any country hardware store and buy ammo.........
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Old 08-22-2018, 06:33 PM   #14
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7mag would fill a gap not already covered. It's a true long range round with heat. JMO
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Old 08-22-2018, 06:50 PM   #15
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Depends what you use the calibers for, .270 will take down just anything in Texas.
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Old 08-22-2018, 06:54 PM   #16
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Well maybe it’s 50% answer the question/50% throw out another caliber lol
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Old 08-22-2018, 08:08 PM   #17
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.375 ruger or H&h, you already have something that covers most anything why not get something that will cover anything that might walk by you
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Old 08-22-2018, 08:21 PM   #18
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Between the two you have I would go 3006 because it has more availability in bullet grains/types.


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Old 08-22-2018, 08:22 PM   #19
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Just buy both. It’ll eventually happen anyhow
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Old 08-22-2018, 08:29 PM   #20
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You have the small stuff covered. 375 H&H
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Old 08-22-2018, 08:32 PM   #21
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As a shooter I say .270 - it’s pretty flat and decently fast. It will reach out and touch.

As a hunting round I say 30.06 - 150 grain is plenty for deer, speed goats, sheep, etc. but shoot some 200 grain heavies and it will thump elk and bigger game.
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Old 08-22-2018, 08:35 PM   #22
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Neither. Get a big boomer
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Old 08-22-2018, 08:41 PM   #23
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Old 08-22-2018, 08:46 PM   #24
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I'd go 30-06 if I had to choose between the two, even though I have two 270's and only one 30-06. 243 covers predators up to deer, if needed. 6.5 and 308 can do the same, but also pull range duty. 270's are great deer guns but I want a bigger bullet for bigger critters. I prefer a 300 mag over 30-06.
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Old 08-22-2018, 08:50 PM   #25
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Well maybe its 50% answer the question/50% throw out another caliber lol
Lol you nailed it...

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Old 08-22-2018, 08:55 PM   #26
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If it's not illegal to own a creedmore before a 30-06....it should be!


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Old 08-22-2018, 09:00 PM   #27
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3006, cause it is the best
270 because it is the bestest
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Old 08-22-2018, 09:18 PM   #28
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270 because it is the bestest
Bestest at being second to the 3006
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Old 08-22-2018, 09:43 PM   #29
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Unless you’re planning on shooting beyond 600yds, there’s no reason to buy either.
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Old 08-22-2018, 09:45 PM   #30
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The guns you have can kill a deer. I would rather take a 30-06 for elk or nilgai if ever an option. Like others said, something a little bigger would fill the void better
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Old 08-22-2018, 10:04 PM   #31
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45-70 lever gun would round out the collection really nice IMO
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Old 08-22-2018, 10:05 PM   #32
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It's the same exact case...unless you want to shoot heavy bullets, then no real difference.

Since you are contemplating between these two, why not just split the difference & get a .280...I think this is the best round of the 06 case family.
X2 ,I vote for the 280. Best of the family.
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Old 08-22-2018, 10:06 PM   #33
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X2 ,I vote for the 280. Best of the family.


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Old 08-22-2018, 10:07 PM   #34
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If it's not illegal to own a creedmore before a 30-06....it should be!


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Ahhhh, come on Dale... a man can't jump on the millenial band wagon?!

Anyways, I know own one.

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Old 08-22-2018, 10:11 PM   #35
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Old 08-22-2018, 10:14 PM   #36
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Old 08-22-2018, 11:42 PM   #37
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Lol you nailed it...

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Only because the two listed are redundant in every way imaginable.
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Old 08-23-2018, 09:51 AM   #38
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It's the same exact case...unless you want to shoot heavy bullets, then no real difference.

Since you are contemplating between these two, why not just split the difference & get a .280...I think this is the best round of the 06 case family.
This!

And if you reload then make it 280 AI and be done
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Old 08-23-2018, 09:51 AM   #39
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Old 08-23-2018, 10:10 AM   #40
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Old 08-23-2018, 10:11 AM   #41
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Are you ever going to be hunting large game like elk?
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Old 08-23-2018, 10:46 AM   #43
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Are you ever going to be hunting large game like elk?
Possibly, I will have a .300 one day.

Not sure if anyone saw the walmart deal alert thread but that is what this is in reference to. I realize .30-06 is practically the same as the .308, but this is just one of those "it's cheap, so why not?" decisions.
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Old 08-23-2018, 10:53 AM   #44
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Research has statistically shown that while a 30-06 has a 91% fatality rate on whitetail deer in Texas for animals that were hit, the .270 suffers only a 7% chance of killing even the smallest field mouse.

The answer seems obviously, but you have to decide on your own.
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Old 08-23-2018, 10:54 AM   #45
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Possibly, I will have a .300 one day.

Not sure if anyone saw the walmart deal alert thread but that is what this is in reference to. I realize .30-06 is practically the same as the .308, but this is just one of those "it's cheap, so why not?" decisions.
In that case, for what you will likely be using it for, I think it is a coin flip b/w the 270 and 30-06. You can't go wrong with either.
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Old 08-23-2018, 10:55 AM   #46
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If I had to choose it would be .270.... just because I have killed many of deer with one. But like others have said.... I’d either go big or tiny. .204,22-250,17, or 7mm, 338, 375, 300
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Old 08-23-2018, 10:59 AM   #47
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300 WSM

.270 and 30-06 are so close to what you have, get something with some ummph that still lends itself to taking animals effectively all over the world


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Old 08-23-2018, 11:06 AM   #48
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Research has statistically shown that while a 30-06 has a 91% fatality rate on whitetail deer in Texas for animals that were hit, the .270 suffers only a 7% chance of killing even the smallest field mouse.

The answer seems obviously, but you have to decide on your own.
Verifiable 100 percent truth
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Old 08-23-2018, 11:11 AM   #49
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There's not enough difference between a 308, 270 and 30-06 to matter.

If you want one of the two, I'd go with the 06 and run 180's. If you reload, go with a 280AI or a 30-06AI which doesn't seem to get the love it deserves.

What you really need is a magnum and that should start with the most versatile of them all the 7rm and go up from there. If it's for Elk and such, I'd be looking at a 300 mag of some sorts. I have all the normal sized stuff you listed summed up pretty good and I'm having a want for a mid-weight 300 RUM. Something in the 8-9 pound range scoped.

Not sure what your inside joke is with Mason but you asked.
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Old 08-23-2018, 11:31 AM   #50
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