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Question by lduprey. Uploaded on December 13, 2009
I'm a .308 man myself, so.
The only advantage to the .270 would be velocity and flatter trajectory, so go with the .308. I'd use 180 grain bullets too. Reason #1 why not? Reason #2 less meat damage.
If you're only going to be shooting 125 yards max, a lever rifle in .30-30 would be a great idea, the ammo is cheaper.
Ether one will do fine, but the 308 will give more of a veriety in bullet weights to choose from.you can't lose though ether way,its a win win situation..
Put the caliber on the back burner for a second. Find a rifle that fits you with your hunting coat on and can feel comfortable carting around on uneven ground, be it a pump, lever, or bolt action. Make sure the position of the saftey isn't awkward for you. Now that you know what your seven pound friend looks and feels like, do you want new or used? If used, then don't limit yourself to only two calibers. a 25/06 & 7mm/08
have less recoil and factory ammo is plentiful.
Listen to bjohnson. He is giving you good advice.
At that range you could use anything legal. In Saskatchewan that means 243 and up. If you never want to hunt anything but deer that would be just fine.
If however you would like to have the option of something larger like moose or elk I would certainly go bigger. Of the two you named I'd take the 270. I have one myself in a Tikka T3 and it is the best gun I've ever owned. I have a Leupold FX Ii 4 x 33 scope on it and it is an awsome setup. The reason I like a 270 better than a 308 is the speed. For running shots even at close range I hardly have to lead a deer off.
That being said you would definitely be happy with a 308 or a 270.
The gentlemen above have given good advice. Sounds like you might be hunting in the woods. In that case I would go with either a .308 or 7mm-08. Both these are available in very handy rifles from a variety of makers. Neither of the calibers would handicap you when shooting at longer ranges if you decide to change hunting locations.
Another point to ponder... I don't know where you are going to be hunting. BUT even though you are actively hunting only whitetails, you never know what you may run into, Anything with tusks,,big teeth or claws require morw GUN just to be safe. I would go with at least a 308 but prefer 30/06 minimum.
Go with .308. Less damaging and excellent knock down for deer.
308 would be the best choice and just in case you go Elk hunting, your set!
I've been a staunch .308 fan for over 30 years and have never cared for a .270, but there is a lot of great advice above. Find something that fits well, don't limit your search too narrowly, and go from there. Good shooting.
Ditto on 'Beekeeper', 'Clay Cooper' and "007's" remarks above. With an appropriate bullet/load, the .308 Winchester is capable of taking any game out to 300+ yards (maybe not much farther is very practical). Back in the many years when I owned only one centerfire rifle, the .308 Win was it! Killed my first mule deer, (western) whitetail, and elk with a Model 700 ADL beater that I bought at a gun show for $200. It is a MOA shooter with handloads and Remington Core-lokts. I have never been a .270 or 7mm fan until recently warming up to a 7mm Weatherby Magnum. I have four .308 bore rifles, each in a differnt cartridge. But don't let anyone tell you that a .270 is not super duper deer rifle.
i hunt with both ive made 200 yard shots with my 270 but a gunsmith told me that you should get the 308 sent off to the factory and get it fitted with right sized shells
Both are great deer rifles.
Either would be excellent. .270 Win is identified with long range accuracy and knock down making it an excellent antelope and mule deer gun. If it is only for whitetail and the like .308 would be the gun.
I support bjohnston's answer. Get a rifle that fits and that you like. Practice as much as you can for accuracy from field positions and focus on missing the branches on the way to the target. Regarding the caliber, Craig Boddington summed it up this way; "A deer hunter in country from fairly thick to fairly open could shoot the following interchangably and neither you nor the deer would ever know the difference: .270 win, .280 rem, 7mm-08 rem, 7x57 mauser, 7x64 brenneke, 308 win, and 30-06 springfield." He also said you could probably include the .260 rem, 6.5x55 swedish, and 7mm rem mag to that list. I've shot a number of whitetails using a 30-06, 308, and more recently a 7mm-08 and they all work great. I like the 7mm-08 the best because this rifle fits me better than my earlier rifles and it is the most fun to shoot, which means I shoot it more. That said, my best friend shoots a 270 and one cannot argue with the success he has had.
I would opt for the 308. Great selection of bullets, can be had in a short action which makes the gun shorter and lighter.
I would go for the 308. Have killed many deer with one. Advantages of the 308 if short action so gun is shorter and lighter and the bullet assortment is much greater and the 308 has always been known for accuracy. Either gun is okay but I perfer the 308.
It doesn't matter at that range. But, to eliminate nagging doubt, get a T/C Encore rifle and get enough barrels to fit any need. They are very accurate and economical.
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