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Which Rifle do you prefer, .30/06 or .270, and why?

Question by Steven9253. Uploaded on February 05, 2009

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from rabbitpolice88 wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

There is no doubt that the 30/06 is a great round and has proved it self time and time again on big game all over the globe. However I prefer the .270 because I am more accurate with a .270 than a 30/06. A .270 can handle almost as much as a 30/06 and quite frankly I believe it is just as good if shot placement is good. For me the .270 kicks less and gives me more shooter confidence. I have taken a good amount of deer with this caliber and love the way it performs.

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from herbie57_57 wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

Like rabbit said my choice is based on what fits me best. My .30-06 has proven itself time and again as a great deer rifle with great stopping power. That being said I've seen .270s drop deer in similar situations that I have used my .30-06 with no problems.

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from marceaton wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

I gotta go with the .270. I grew up a big Jack O'Connor fan and my .270 has sealed the deal its fair share of times.

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from Love2Hunt wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

I personally like me .30/06 better and it has seemed to be more effective for me. Perhaps I am a little biased seeing how it was my first rifle.

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from Edward J. Palumbo wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

Both of the standard cartridges are excellent choices, and I've owned rifles chambered for both. This is a personal priority with which you may not identify, it may not factor into your decision process, but I do enjoy reloading and the spectrum of thirty caliber bullets is as broad as you're likely to find in any rifle cartridge, and there are match bullets available in thirty caliber (.308 diameter) but I've not seen any for the .270 (.277 dia.). As a hunting cartridge, the .270 Win is no less reliable on deer than the .30-'06; the definitive issue would be bullet placement, since these cartridges (with similar bullet weights) are in much the same class. Don't lose too much sleep over this, because both are fine cartridges; this choice is a win-win situation.

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from Liotus212 wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

I have shot both in recent years and have come to really like the flat shot that a .270 gives, but have always been a little wary about the somewhat "inferior" stopping power of the .270 in brush compared to the .30-'06. However, after dropping a nice buck this fall at 110 yards with the .270 through more dense stuff than I really like to shoot through, it's safe to say I'm hooked. I believe bullet choice also has a lot to do with it and I tend to favor the Hornady 140 Gr. SST Loads, as they tend to expand very much on impact but fly very flat. However, the downside is the price tag of about $35 for a box of 20.

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from Clay Cooper wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

If you’re going to hunt Elk, the 30-06 is my #1 choice if not I’d pick the 25-06 hands down. 30-06 is far more versatile than the 270. The 25-06 is like crossing a 22-250 varmint rifle with a 30-06 and works fantastic on Mule Deer and Caribou! In fact the 25-05 is the smallest on the list of recommended cartridges for Elk.

THE 25-06 IS NO PUNK!

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from Beekeeper wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

The 30/06 would be my choice. It is a versatile cartridge which as seen world wide acceptance. Ammo is available in any hardware store and there are an astounding variety of bullets and loads available. If one looks at the ballistic charts you will find little practical difference in trajectorys. When cornered even Cactus Jack had to admit the 30/06 was a more versatile cartridge. It was also on his favorite list.

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from jay wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

.30-06 has won 2 world wars and has accounted for more big game than any other cartridge combined. I love the 270 but you can't go wrong with the 3006. You can go from the 55grain accelerator for varmints to a 220 grain bullet for moose.

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from Christian Emter wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

270 because it is a better gun to carry around. It has the right amount of power and it is smaller. But I would use a 30-06 for hunting because it has alot of power.

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from Richie wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

270 its good for deer and elk and alot of other stuff

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from kolbster wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

the 30-06 is just the best round ever made. i have a 270. two 30-06 and a 7mm mag and i like my 06 the best.

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from KingFisher907 wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

30-06...for the simple reason that there is a load for every game animal in north america...Here in Alaska, Ive used my '06 to take grizzly and black bear, moose, caribou and dall sheep, with no problems...I have also used the '06 to take mulie, whitetail, elk and pronghorn in Montana...

I dont discount the .270 though, its a great round but I prefer the 30-06...

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from peter wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

30-06

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from t_holinka wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

30-06 has more knock down power

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from deerslayer2 wrote 5 years 9 weeks ago

I myself prefer the 30-06. I killed my first deer with a 06. At 120 yards it twisted the deer around instantly. By far the 06 rules the deer woods.

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from Bigbuck14 wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

30/06 longer range

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from CavRecon wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

.30-06 has a slight edge over the .270 in my book for ubiquity of ammo availability and a little more versatility in loadings.

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from jdrabe wrote 4 years 8 weeks ago

The question is kind of like which of your children do you like the most? I have a Winchester model 70 in 30-06 and a Remington 760 pump in .270. Both were second hand great deal at the time kind of purchases. Seems like I tend take the Remington out more frequently. From an overall practical aspect, the 30-06 round is very common and a definite winner. Still, I like the .270 since I have had good luck with it.

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from rudyglove27 wrote 4 years 2 weeks ago

I choose the 30-06 and it's a great rifle to have!!!

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from Love2Hunt wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

I personally like me .30/06 better and it has seemed to be more effective for me. Perhaps I am a little biased seeing how it was my first rifle.

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from Beekeeper wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

The 30/06 would be my choice. It is a versatile cartridge which as seen world wide acceptance. Ammo is available in any hardware store and there are an astounding variety of bullets and loads available. If one looks at the ballistic charts you will find little practical difference in trajectorys. When cornered even Cactus Jack had to admit the 30/06 was a more versatile cartridge. It was also on his favorite list.

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from jay wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

.30-06 has won 2 world wars and has accounted for more big game than any other cartridge combined. I love the 270 but you can't go wrong with the 3006. You can go from the 55grain accelerator for varmints to a 220 grain bullet for moose.

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from kolbster wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

the 30-06 is just the best round ever made. i have a 270. two 30-06 and a 7mm mag and i like my 06 the best.

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from rabbitpolice88 wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

There is no doubt that the 30/06 is a great round and has proved it self time and time again on big game all over the globe. However I prefer the .270 because I am more accurate with a .270 than a 30/06. A .270 can handle almost as much as a 30/06 and quite frankly I believe it is just as good if shot placement is good. For me the .270 kicks less and gives me more shooter confidence. I have taken a good amount of deer with this caliber and love the way it performs.

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from herbie57_57 wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

Like rabbit said my choice is based on what fits me best. My .30-06 has proven itself time and again as a great deer rifle with great stopping power. That being said I've seen .270s drop deer in similar situations that I have used my .30-06 with no problems.

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from Clay Cooper wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

If you’re going to hunt Elk, the 30-06 is my #1 choice if not I’d pick the 25-06 hands down. 30-06 is far more versatile than the 270. The 25-06 is like crossing a 22-250 varmint rifle with a 30-06 and works fantastic on Mule Deer and Caribou! In fact the 25-05 is the smallest on the list of recommended cartridges for Elk.

THE 25-06 IS NO PUNK!

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from Christian Emter wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

270 because it is a better gun to carry around. It has the right amount of power and it is smaller. But I would use a 30-06 for hunting because it has alot of power.

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from KingFisher907 wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

30-06...for the simple reason that there is a load for every game animal in north america...Here in Alaska, Ive used my '06 to take grizzly and black bear, moose, caribou and dall sheep, with no problems...I have also used the '06 to take mulie, whitetail, elk and pronghorn in Montana...

I dont discount the .270 though, its a great round but I prefer the 30-06...

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from peter wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

30-06

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from t_holinka wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

30-06 has more knock down power

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from marceaton wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

I gotta go with the .270. I grew up a big Jack O'Connor fan and my .270 has sealed the deal its fair share of times.

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from Edward J. Palumbo wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

Both of the standard cartridges are excellent choices, and I've owned rifles chambered for both. This is a personal priority with which you may not identify, it may not factor into your decision process, but I do enjoy reloading and the spectrum of thirty caliber bullets is as broad as you're likely to find in any rifle cartridge, and there are match bullets available in thirty caliber (.308 diameter) but I've not seen any for the .270 (.277 dia.). As a hunting cartridge, the .270 Win is no less reliable on deer than the .30-'06; the definitive issue would be bullet placement, since these cartridges (with similar bullet weights) are in much the same class. Don't lose too much sleep over this, because both are fine cartridges; this choice is a win-win situation.

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from Liotus212 wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

I have shot both in recent years and have come to really like the flat shot that a .270 gives, but have always been a little wary about the somewhat "inferior" stopping power of the .270 in brush compared to the .30-'06. However, after dropping a nice buck this fall at 110 yards with the .270 through more dense stuff than I really like to shoot through, it's safe to say I'm hooked. I believe bullet choice also has a lot to do with it and I tend to favor the Hornady 140 Gr. SST Loads, as they tend to expand very much on impact but fly very flat. However, the downside is the price tag of about $35 for a box of 20.

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from Richie wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

270 its good for deer and elk and alot of other stuff

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from deerslayer2 wrote 5 years 9 weeks ago

I myself prefer the 30-06. I killed my first deer with a 06. At 120 yards it twisted the deer around instantly. By far the 06 rules the deer woods.

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from Bigbuck14 wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

30/06 longer range

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from CavRecon wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

.30-06 has a slight edge over the .270 in my book for ubiquity of ammo availability and a little more versatility in loadings.

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from jdrabe wrote 4 years 8 weeks ago

The question is kind of like which of your children do you like the most? I have a Winchester model 70 in 30-06 and a Remington 760 pump in .270. Both were second hand great deal at the time kind of purchases. Seems like I tend take the Remington out more frequently. From an overall practical aspect, the 30-06 round is very common and a definite winner. Still, I like the .270 since I have had good luck with it.

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from rudyglove27 wrote 4 years 2 weeks ago

I choose the 30-06 and it's a great rifle to have!!!

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