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Old 11-03-2019, 10:50 AM   #1
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Default I hate to ask this ..... 270 Win vs 30.06?

I have currently sold a couple of guns to be able to buy one very nice accurate hunting rifle. I have other hunting rifles but I want the one go to gun Iím confident in when itís time to go on a hunt. It will be mainly for whitetail, mulies, axis and hogs. Iím leaning towards a 30.06 because that is what I am used too. Just about everyone I run with shoot the 270 win. I know this is going to open a can of worms but Iím just curios what everyoneís thoughts are on this very debated subject. There may be a possibility for a elk hunt in the near future but wonít be something I hunt a lot.
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Old 11-03-2019, 10:55 AM   #2
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Always been a 270 fan, myself.
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Old 11-03-2019, 10:57 AM   #3
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30/06 and don’t look back
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Old 11-03-2019, 10:58 AM   #4
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Nothing wrong with the .06 at all one of my very favorites. Look into a .280 or 280ai great round flat shooting.
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Old 11-03-2019, 10:59 AM   #5
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I’d jump to a 7 mag and call it good. But any should be good for what you are trying to do.
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Old 11-03-2019, 11:00 AM   #6
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This is most certainly a thread that will never come to consensus. If I had to (had key word) to choose between the two based on the animals mentioned, I would choose .270. However, part of the excitement in buying a new rifle is researching brand and caliber. There are so many modern options that you would be thrilled with. You can research “the other side of the ranch”.
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Old 11-03-2019, 11:09 AM   #7
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I have both and prefer to shoot the 30.06.
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Old 11-03-2019, 11:11 AM   #8
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What are your practical hinting distances?

The 280-280ai May be worth looking at. No matter what you do they will all kill just fine.


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Old 11-03-2019, 11:12 AM   #9
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Nothin wrong with either caliber. As stated above, 280 is another great choice based off the 06 case. Kind of the best of both worlds.
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Old 11-03-2019, 11:13 AM   #10
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270 is a flatter shooting gun especially with 140 grain
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Old 11-03-2019, 11:15 AM   #11
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Either, but I lean towards the 270.
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Old 11-03-2019, 11:16 AM   #12
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I will look in to the 280. Realistically I will be shooting inside of 300. Most of the time it will be around 100-150.
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Old 11-03-2019, 11:16 AM   #13
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Old 11-03-2019, 11:18 AM   #14
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For those animals I'd pick the 270
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Old 11-03-2019, 11:18 AM   #15
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Just reading 30-06 bores me.

I dont know how we ever killed deer before wildcat and boutique chamberings

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Old 11-03-2019, 11:21 AM   #16
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I’m going to come at this from a different angle than most.....why pick a old/dated long action cartridge over short action? Do you have a reason for this? Years ago one could argue they wanted the “old reliable” cartridges for the ability to buy off the shelf ammo, and that was a good reason. Now days, that’s just not a factor in the equation. I’m not even going to go get into ballistics on this forum because many here think they are Bryan Litz recreated. I’m gathering parts for a rifle build that will be used all of the US for everything from deer, elk, moose, antelope and it will be a short action.

If I had to pick from your choices, by all means it would be a .30-06.
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Old 11-03-2019, 11:21 AM   #17
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You won’t go wrong with either one. I have and love the 30-06, but I’m sure everything I shot with it would have been just as dead with a 270.
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Old 11-03-2019, 11:25 AM   #18
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I will look in to the 280. Realistically I will be shooting inside of 300. Most of the time it will be around 100-150.
I posted before I seen this from you.
For that distance, it really doesnít matter what you pick. They will both kill just as dead at 100yds.
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Old 11-03-2019, 11:26 AM   #19
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I always kind of rolled my eyes at posts like this, especially when the rounds being debated are both excellent choices. But I have been thinking of doing the same thing you are lately. Pare the stable down a bit and build a good, accurate working rifle. One I dont have to baby. I personally like small, light rifles, so I am leaning toward 308, but have an affinty for the 270.

Good luck in your decision, cant go wrong either way.
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Old 11-03-2019, 11:28 AM   #20
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Depends on whether you like 30 caliber or 27 caliber.

At the ranges you mentioned there will be no difference.


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Old 11-03-2019, 11:32 AM   #21
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Iím going to come at this from a different angle than most.....why pick a old/dated long action cartridge over short action? Do you have a reason for this? Years ago one could argue they wanted the ďold reliableĒ cartridges for the ability to buy off the shelf ammo, and that was a good reason. Now days, thatís just not a factor in the equation. Iím not even going to go get into ballistics on this forum because many here think they are Bryan Litz recreated. Iím gathering parts for a rifle build that will be used all of the US for everything from deer, elk, moose, antelope and it will be a short action.

If I had to pick from your choices, by all means it would be a .30-06.
Man, you love to take shots at "the people on here" almost every post you make


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Old 11-03-2019, 11:58 AM   #22
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Shot the same Winchester 270 since 1986, never had a 30.06
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Old 11-03-2019, 12:19 PM   #23
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Iím going to come at this from a different angle than most.....why pick a old/dated long action cartridge over short action? Do you have a reason for this? Years ago one could argue they wanted the ďold reliableĒ cartridges for the ability to buy off the shelf ammo, and that was a good reason. Now days, thatís just not a factor in the equation. Iím not even going to go get into ballistics on this forum because many here think they are Bryan Litz recreated. Iím gathering parts for a rifle build that will be used all of the US for everything from deer, elk, moose, antelope and it will be a short action.

If I had to pick from your choices, by all means it would be a .30-06.


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Old 11-03-2019, 12:33 PM   #24
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270 - 130 grain boattail soft point.
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Old 11-03-2019, 12:34 PM   #25
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Making a mountain out of a mole hill.
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Old 11-03-2019, 12:34 PM   #26
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270 is a classic Texas caliber, really hard to beat. When it comes to Nilgai , Elk or a big stag I might would want a 06 with 180 grain bullets.

If you want to use a short action “newer “ caliber, that 7mm-08 is a dang good cartridge.
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Old 11-03-2019, 12:48 PM   #27
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I have had both and shot plenty of deer with both but I sold the 270 and kept the 30-06
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Old 11-03-2019, 12:51 PM   #28
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You can buy 30.06 ammo most any place on the planet
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Old 11-03-2019, 12:51 PM   #29
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Always be a 30-06 fan. Way more bullet size choices and always easy to find.
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Old 11-03-2019, 12:53 PM   #30
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I vote 270. They make rounds light enough for small whitetail and thin skinned game. Heavyweight rounds are also available for the thick stuff. Itís been many years since I shopped ammo for 30-06 maybe they make some lighter stuff than 150 now.
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Old 11-03-2019, 01:11 PM   #31
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Old 11-03-2019, 01:28 PM   #32
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I hate the .270 and the 30-06. I can't deny they both do whatever you ask of em.
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Old 11-03-2019, 01:35 PM   #33
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Man, you love to take shots at "the people on here" almost every post you make


Amazed you even enjoy tbh being so obviously superior to the rest of us.

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Please don't run him off. I like his posts.

And to add to the OP's votes: 270 if u go with one of the 2

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Old 11-03-2019, 01:45 PM   #34
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Both are fine cartridges but my absolute favorite center fire cartridge is the .308 Winchester shot out of my Savage 99. I used to shoot a 30.06 out of a Winchester Model 70 almost 50 years ago, but Iím much happier with the .308.

Frankly, in my opinion, there is negligible difference between the .270, .308, and 30.06. As others have said it really boils down to action length and caliber preferences.

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Old 11-03-2019, 01:53 PM   #35
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The calibers people are listing are all good choices, the 270 will shoot flatter, but you have fewer bullet choices in .277 caliber. But there are enough to get most jobs done. The 270, 280 and 30-06 are all very good for the things you said you want to do. The 7mm Rem. Mag. is a bit of a step up with factory loads and can be more of a step up with good hand loads. The 7mm Rem. Mag. with factory loads will shoot 150 gr. bullets just as flat as a 270 with 130 gr. bullets, but with more energy than a 30-06. But you can easily make big messes of whitetails with the wrong loads. My last 7mm, used to leave huge craters for exit wounds. Not much to tracking them at that point. Same with the 7mm Weatherby Mag., it's a bit more than the Rem. Mag., with either factory or hand loads. Then there is the 28 Nosler, that's a good round. Then the 7mm-08, 7X57mm Mauser, the 284 Win., 280 AI.. Then there are the 270 WSM and the 7mm WSM and the 300 WSM. The 7mm WSM, I would like to try, but guns chambered for that round and ammo are very hard to find. I have a buddy with a 270 WSM, he loves the gun. The more recently designed calibers typically are shorter with fatter cases, that gives you more barrel length to burn powder, which bumps velocities some and the shorter cases, burn the powder more consistently, resulting in more consistent pressures, velocities and potentially accuracy. But with a good rifle, ammo, scope and practice, you can make most any modern caliber shoot very accurately. My last 7mm Rem. Mag would shoot 3/8" groups at 200 yards. It was just a stock early Sendero with a little tuning and some good hand loads and a good scope. If you have a good rifle, work up some good ammo and optics, you can make most any caliber more than accurate to do anything you want to do.
I have looked at the 28 Nosler a bit, seems like a very well designed caliber, but I really don't need another rifle in that category.
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Old 11-03-2019, 01:57 PM   #36
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Man, you love to take shots at "the people on here" almost every post you make


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Old 11-03-2019, 02:00 PM   #37
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I have both, and killed a lot of animals with both. That being said, I prefer the .270


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Old 11-03-2019, 02:19 PM   #38
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I have shot both. No appreciable difference. I have more different caliber rifles than should be allowed, and shoot them all. I generally wind up with a 30 cal. or a 35 Whelen. The 270 seems to bloodshot a lot of meat, more so than the bigger bores, almost as bad as a 300 mag. Look at the Whelen, but either one of those choices mentioned will work just fine.
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Old 11-03-2019, 02:21 PM   #39
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^^^ i've been wanting a 35 whelen for a while. How long is your barrel?
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Old 11-03-2019, 02:55 PM   #40
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270 for Texas deer. The extra velocity seems to do a better job of anchoring deer in place.
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Old 11-03-2019, 03:16 PM   #41
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30-06 is my all time favorite caliber. It is a great ďkillingĒ caliber. Iíve seen a lot (probably thousands) of deer killed with just about everything. When a hunter shows up to camp with a 30-06, it makes me smile. There is just something about itís ďkillabilityĒ. Some will say a 270 is flatter shooting, and thatís true. But it will be with a lighter bullet, and at 300 yards I think the difference is like 2Ē. Big deal. You also have a ton more bullet options with the Ď06. If I had to get rid of every gun I own except one, Iíd keep my old 30-06.
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Old 11-03-2019, 03:20 PM   #42
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Neither. A .280 Rem or .280 AI is the best of both worlds ! Thatís my opinion and worth every penny you paid for it
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Old 11-03-2019, 03:23 PM   #43
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Quality rounds either way

Iíve seen my dad shoot North Dakota prairie dogs to Alaskan brown bear with his 30-06

I prefer 270 which has killed bobcats to elk with it

Flip a dang coin!!!
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Old 11-03-2019, 03:33 PM   #44
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Old 11-03-2019, 04:00 PM   #45
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Everyone knows the 270 is da chit
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Old 11-03-2019, 04:28 PM   #46
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Easy ! Compare the ballistics at your maximum personal range.
.270 for me with 130 for pigs and deer
For that very occasional elk hunt, worry about
A 300 mag later.

Worry about the glass. Lots of great technology these days
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Old 11-03-2019, 04:46 PM   #47
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The truth is at the end of the day it wont matter which one you choose. Both cartridges are pretty even on paper and in the field.
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Old 11-03-2019, 05:03 PM   #48
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if you used to 30.06 and that's what you like go with it. can't go wrong either way. Me 270 i have three of them
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Old 11-03-2019, 05:33 PM   #49
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Just pick one that appeals to you. Choosing the right bullet and putting it in the right place is far more important than the marginal differences in calibers listed for the game and ranges you will be shooting at. I am biased towards the .280 though.
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Old 11-03-2019, 05:43 PM   #50
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.270 man myself

Flat shooter buy ammo at Walmart

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