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Old 01-23-2022, 07:13 PM   #1
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I'm going mule deer hunting in CO this fall and I'm trying to decide what gun to hunt with. Here in TX I hunt whitetails with a 270. For out west I would like a "mountain rifle" to hunt muleys and maybe elk some day. Many weigh 6 lbs or even less. A light rifle will obviously have more felt recoil so I dont think I would go with something like a 300 Win mag. Randy Newberg frequently hunts elk with a 308. I think that wouldn't recoil too bad in a light rifle but is it too similar to a 270 to not be worth buying a new gun?
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Old 01-23-2022, 07:18 PM   #2
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270 is fine. Shoot what you are comfortable and confident with.
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Old 01-23-2022, 07:25 PM   #3
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I would take a .270 over a .308 all day long for muleys and elk.

I have killed a truckload of muleys in Texas with 140 gr sst out of a .270 and it did a mighty fine job. Even my elk I shot 2 years ago a 162 gr sst out of a 7 mag worked fine for me as well.

But if worried about it a good bonded bullet like the accubond or partition would work great for elk out of a .270 and would be great on muleys as well. Buddy has killed 2 mule deer now with his .270 and 130 gr accubonds. No bullet recovery's all bullet just plowed straight through with good expansion.

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Old 01-23-2022, 07:26 PM   #4
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If just itching for a new rifle get you another .270 just in a lightweight rifle so you are set on bullets and not chasing a new caliber at stores.

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Old 01-23-2022, 07:26 PM   #5
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you have your gun already. Don't overthink it.
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Old 01-23-2022, 07:27 PM   #6
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Mule deer are not any tougher than a whitetail, just a tad bigger. A .270 is about the perfect caliber for them. It beats the .308 across the board in all aspects.

I wouldn’t hesitate to shoot any Deer or Elk with a 130 grain partition or accubond.

That being said, a few years ago I decided to build one “ do all “ rifle that I could take all non-dangerous game with across the globe in any terrain.

I settled on a Weatherby Ultralightweight that weighs 6 3/4 lbs ( rifle only ) in .300 win mag.

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Old 01-23-2022, 07:41 PM   #7
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APR has there annual TBH Sale going on
I think they've got a Mountain Rifle....
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Old 01-23-2022, 07:41 PM   #8
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you have your gun already. Don't overthink it.
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Old 01-23-2022, 07:47 PM   #9
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I’m currently looking for a rifle as well for out west and leaning towards a 280AI or 7Mag but haven’t ruled out the 300. The new Christensen Mesa and Ridgeline FFT has really caught my attention.
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Old 01-23-2022, 07:50 PM   #10
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.280ai in a lite mountain rifle would fit the bill.
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Old 01-23-2022, 08:00 PM   #11
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Idk your budget but if you’re worried about weight and want a really nice mountain/hiking rifle, the Kimber Mountain Ascent rifles are awesome. Have a friend with one in 30-06. He’s a little bitty dude and loves it. The barrel is ported, so not much recoil, weighs less then 6 pounds I think (they vary by a pound or so depending caliber) and You can get all kinds of affordable ammo for that round to practice and hunt with.


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Old 01-23-2022, 08:12 PM   #12
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I'm kind in your shoe at least the way your thinking. I'm researching a back country elk rifle hunt. I have a 7 Rem Mag and I know it will be great for elk. It is a Weatherby Vanguard. With the rifle & scope. it weighs in about 9 1/2 lbs. Everything I read has talked about worrying about your packing weight. I'm thinking I might need to get a little mountain rifle. I have one in a 6.5 CM but I want more gun than that
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Old 01-23-2022, 08:30 PM   #13
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Just grab your .270 and go kill a mule deer. That’s what people did for a century until it became fashionable to buy a new rifle for every animal that walks, and everyone decided they need a sniper rifle…


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Old 01-23-2022, 08:32 PM   #14
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You’re fully equipped with your .270
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Old 01-24-2022, 10:19 AM   #15
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I agree with others, the .270 you currently own is more than capable.
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Old 01-24-2022, 10:21 AM   #16
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270 will do all you want it to. If you're just wanting to buy a new gun, 7mm Mag or 300 Win Mag solid options.
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Old 01-24-2022, 10:32 AM   #17
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Dad has been dropping muleys and elk with his 700 in 270 with 140gr since 1980. Only large centerfire he even owns.

But, he has the eyes of an eagle. We don't have to chase or search for his game.
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Old 01-24-2022, 04:58 PM   #18
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I'm going mule deer hunting in CO this fall and I'm trying to decide what gun to hunt with. Here in TX I hunt whitetails with a 270. For out west I would like a "mountain rifle" to hunt muleys and maybe elk some day. Many weigh 6 lbs or even less. A light rifle will obviously have more felt recoil so I dont think I would go with something like a 300 Win mag. Randy Newberg frequently hunts elk with a 308. I think that wouldn't recoil too bad in a light rifle but is it too similar to a 270 to not be worth buying a new gun?
use the 270 with a bonded bullet like the nosler partition it will work,,, unless you just need an excuse for a new one
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Old 01-24-2022, 05:23 PM   #19
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It may not be a new and fancy name, but Jack O'Connor had 0 problems with the 270.
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Old 01-24-2022, 09:46 PM   #20
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It may not be a new and fancy name, but Jack O'Connor had 0 problems with the 270.
X2,

I do believe half the words Jack O'Connor ever wrote were about his fondness for the .270 Winchester.
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Old 01-25-2022, 12:22 PM   #21
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Shot my mule deer with a 130gr Accubond from a .260 remington at a few steps shy of 300 yards. Completely passed through the deer and he went 10-25 steps.

They aren’t elephants. Use what ever caliber your comfortable shooting. 1 well placed shot with a light caliber is better than a poor shot with a magnum.
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Old 01-25-2022, 01:05 PM   #22
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There is a .257 weatherby in the classifieds that I would be making a deal on if I was in your shoes.
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Old 01-25-2022, 01:36 PM   #23
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If you want a new gun, get you a new one. But a 270 will hammer a mule deer. I shot my muley this year at 330 yards with a 130 grain Hornady soft point. Went through both shoulders and he didn’t make it 30 yards from where I shot him.
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Old 01-26-2022, 11:27 AM   #24
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270 will be just fine. I shot a Mule Deer at 475yds with a 6 Creedmoor this year with 108gr bullets. Never took a step. It's all about the right bullet and shot placement.
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Old 01-26-2022, 11:32 AM   #25
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its always fun to buy a new gun even when you have a safe/safes full. Let us know what you get and post pics!!
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Old 01-27-2022, 06:51 PM   #26
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I still vote 30-06 or even 300 mag if you want to have a light mountain rifle that you may take on an elk hunt or maybe after something bigger one day.


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