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Question by Steven9253. Uploaded on February 05, 2009
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
.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.
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.
270 its good for deer and elk and alot of other stuff
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.
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...
30-06 has more knock down power
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.
30/06 longer range
.30-06 has a slight edge over the .270 in my book for ubiquity of ammo availability and a little more versatility in loadings.
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.
I choose the 30-06 and it's a great rifle to have!!!
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