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whats the recoil like for the 270 win? i've heard its a sharp recoil. i've shot 12 guage slugs and target loads so if you can base it off that that would be great. I like the 25-06 but can't find any guns so i'll go 270 for now since im going for pronghorn and whitetail and mule deer. am i on the right track as far as caliber?

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from prairieghost wrote 3 years 5 weeks ago

you'll be just fine with the .270 recoil if you are ok w/ 12 gauge slugs. .270 will be great for speed goats and deer.

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from country road wrote 3 years 5 weeks ago

Excellent option. I don't like recoil, and find the .270 to be quite tolerable. It's a great, proven cartridge and it kills 'em dead and can reach on out there to do it.

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from Phil1227 wrote 3 years 5 weeks ago

You should be ok with the recoil of the 270, and its a great caliber for what you want to hunt

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from FirstBubba wrote 3 years 5 weeks ago

I've been shooting .270 Win since the early 70's.
The recoil is very tolerable. Accuracy is superb. I've taken ferals, mulies, white tails, antelope, coyote and I don't know what all else without a hitch. Any animal I failed to collect, was no fault of the caliber, but my OWN shortcomings!
The 130 grain is sufficient for white tails, speed goats, coyotes and all but the largest mulies.
The 150 grain and careful shot placement and it is quite sufficient for any antlered game on the North American continent. In case of emergency, I'd take on grizzly or brown bear, but as much as I believe and love the .270 Win cartridge, I would be remiss to recommend such a light round for that application!!!

Bubba

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from cTXn wrote 3 years 5 weeks ago

I prefer .270 over most other calibers, but that's also due to the fact that I grew up hunting with my dad's .270 and I've never seen a need to branch out. I know from experience that the recoil is light enough for a 9 year old to shoot it accurately. I've taken everything from turkey to elk with it and haven't had a problem yet.

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from 99explorer wrote 3 years 5 weeks ago

The recoil of the .270 is rather sharp and abrupt in comparison to the .30-06, which is more of a sustained push. It is a great cartridge for your purposes, but if you are at all recoil sensitive, you will not like the .270 Win.
See if you can try one out before making a purchase.

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from Sourdough Dave wrote 3 years 5 weeks ago

The recoil of my .270 is lighter than that of my .30-06. I don't find either one abusive. The .270 seems to have been developed with pronghorn antelope in mind. All my antelope have been taken with .270, a couple of which I have posted. It is a great caliber, maybe my favorite. You'll like it.

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from Treestand wrote 3 years 5 weeks ago

I cant belive you cant find a 25/06 New or used! But
Try a 270 before you buy one.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 3 years 5 weeks ago

None of the .277's are my favorite, but it is a great round for light thin skinned game. The recoil isn't bad, but about the same as a .30-06 or .280 Rem when loaded with same weight bullets. There is nothing magic about it. Lots of noise and blast!

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 3 years 5 weeks ago

Get a .243. That will do the job fine for deer or antelope. It won't buck the brush that great and .270 is only a slight improvement in that regard. Splatters a bit in the meat but no worse than .270. You should be able to find one of those around and ammo is also easy to find, usually with quite a selection. Not always the case with 25-06. Recoil is very comfortable.

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from 007 wrote 3 years 5 weeks ago

Recoil is not always directly related to caliber. My brother-in-law has a Remington pump in .270 that kicks as bad as my 7mm Remington magnum, ditto his son-in-law's identical rifle, while a lot of bolt gun owners, probably those above, don't see that. The afore mentioned 7mm Remington magnum weighs 9 3/4 # fully dressed and still kicks, while my son's 7mm Rem mag in a Savage 110 isn't bad at all. Stock design, rifle weight, etc, tell the tale, IMHO.

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from smallgamehunter25 wrote 3 years 5 weeks ago

Mine hardly has any recoil, but I've heard some people saying theirs has a lot. I dont know, I would personally say its in the lighter catagory.

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from txtrapper wrote 3 years 5 weeks ago

I agree that it a verry tolerable caliber. It has less recoil than a 30-06 and in my experience it has a little flatter trajectory. It's sort of like a 30-30.. Thats the only caliber i can really compare the recoil to. Good luck!

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from Sarge01 wrote 3 years 5 weeks ago

Everyone has their own opinion but I owned one .270 and it kicked harder that the .280's that I hunt with now. I have always thought that the .270 was a kicker. I have shot 30-06's that I thought didn't kick as hard as the .270. I sight in a lot of firearms for people and I shudder when they bring me a .270 to sight in. It may be just me but I think they KICK.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 3 years 5 weeks ago

My son has a Remington 7600 pump in .35 Whelen with the solid buttplate. I can't tell if that is the echo of the blast or his shoulder blades clapping together. Damn, that thing shoot hard.

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from Jere Smith wrote 3 years 5 weeks ago

I use 30/06 for Deer Moose and elk, unless I am in an area with BIG Bears, then I take the .375 then I expect some recoil.

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from Keith Costley wrote 3 years 5 weeks ago

I can't give you an accurate comparison in recoil between shooting a 12 gauge shotgun and .270 rifle. I would have to shoot them side-by-side and one-after-the-other to do that. The .270 rifle is an excellent caliber. You can realistically harvest any big animal in North America with it; however, if you are primarily hunting whitetails, mule deer and pronghorn antelope, then, in my opinion, you can't do any better than the 25.06. Google the 25.06 caliber and read as much as you can about the cartridge. You will see what I am talking about. Every major manufacturer makes a 25.06 caliber. They are certainly not impossible to find. A few months ago after doing several hours of research homework on the internet, I purchased a 25.06 in a Marlin XL7. It is a bolt action rifle with a blind magazine. It is rugged, dependable, economical to purchase and accurate. It has received a lot of positive reviews on the internet by gun writers and individuals who have purchased the Marlin XL7. I harvested several deer with it this year with no problems. The 25.06 is a wildcat round; I call it my lightning rod! I am so glad that I made this purchase. The lack of recoil is easy on my shoulder. By the way, the Marlin XL7 has an excellent recoil pad. I really like that feature of the 25.06. Buy the 25.06 and don't look back. You will be happy with your purchase.

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from thunderdog512 wrote 3 years 5 weeks ago

Keith-thanks for your input now im going with 25-06 for sure.i've never been fond of the 270 but since i couldnt find a 25-06 i just said what the hell and said 270 it is i guess. i'll keep looking and the marlin XL7 does look like a shooter.thanks everyone

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from ARhunter wrote 3 years 5 weeks ago

My father has a bar in .270 and it has no kick at all.

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from DakotaMan wrote 3 years 5 weeks ago

For game up to deer size, I'll take the 25-06 over the .270 any day and would take the time to find one. For me, the .270 with hunting loads has a fast, sharp recoil. It is deadly on deer but practice with hunting loads is no fun. At the range with a buddy, he could not finish his 20 rounds of 140g bullets with his .270. His shoulder was bruised. I shot three shots and that was enough for me. He hen helped me shoot a couple hundred rounds of 25-06 and .223 and couldn't believe the difference in recoil. He even stopped flinching during that session.

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from prairieghost wrote 3 years 5 weeks ago

you'll be just fine with the .270 recoil if you are ok w/ 12 gauge slugs. .270 will be great for speed goats and deer.

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from 99explorer wrote 3 years 5 weeks ago

The recoil of the .270 is rather sharp and abrupt in comparison to the .30-06, which is more of a sustained push. It is a great cartridge for your purposes, but if you are at all recoil sensitive, you will not like the .270 Win.
See if you can try one out before making a purchase.

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from Treestand wrote 3 years 5 weeks ago

I cant belive you cant find a 25/06 New or used! But
Try a 270 before you buy one.

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from 007 wrote 3 years 5 weeks ago

Recoil is not always directly related to caliber. My brother-in-law has a Remington pump in .270 that kicks as bad as my 7mm Remington magnum, ditto his son-in-law's identical rifle, while a lot of bolt gun owners, probably those above, don't see that. The afore mentioned 7mm Remington magnum weighs 9 3/4 # fully dressed and still kicks, while my son's 7mm Rem mag in a Savage 110 isn't bad at all. Stock design, rifle weight, etc, tell the tale, IMHO.

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from Sarge01 wrote 3 years 5 weeks ago

Everyone has their own opinion but I owned one .270 and it kicked harder that the .280's that I hunt with now. I have always thought that the .270 was a kicker. I have shot 30-06's that I thought didn't kick as hard as the .270. I sight in a lot of firearms for people and I shudder when they bring me a .270 to sight in. It may be just me but I think they KICK.

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from country road wrote 3 years 5 weeks ago

Excellent option. I don't like recoil, and find the .270 to be quite tolerable. It's a great, proven cartridge and it kills 'em dead and can reach on out there to do it.

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from FirstBubba wrote 3 years 5 weeks ago

I've been shooting .270 Win since the early 70's.
The recoil is very tolerable. Accuracy is superb. I've taken ferals, mulies, white tails, antelope, coyote and I don't know what all else without a hitch. Any animal I failed to collect, was no fault of the caliber, but my OWN shortcomings!
The 130 grain is sufficient for white tails, speed goats, coyotes and all but the largest mulies.
The 150 grain and careful shot placement and it is quite sufficient for any antlered game on the North American continent. In case of emergency, I'd take on grizzly or brown bear, but as much as I believe and love the .270 Win cartridge, I would be remiss to recommend such a light round for that application!!!

Bubba

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from Sourdough Dave wrote 3 years 5 weeks ago

The recoil of my .270 is lighter than that of my .30-06. I don't find either one abusive. The .270 seems to have been developed with pronghorn antelope in mind. All my antelope have been taken with .270, a couple of which I have posted. It is a great caliber, maybe my favorite. You'll like it.

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 3 years 5 weeks ago

Get a .243. That will do the job fine for deer or antelope. It won't buck the brush that great and .270 is only a slight improvement in that regard. Splatters a bit in the meat but no worse than .270. You should be able to find one of those around and ammo is also easy to find, usually with quite a selection. Not always the case with 25-06. Recoil is very comfortable.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 3 years 5 weeks ago

My son has a Remington 7600 pump in .35 Whelen with the solid buttplate. I can't tell if that is the echo of the blast or his shoulder blades clapping together. Damn, that thing shoot hard.

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from Keith Costley wrote 3 years 5 weeks ago

I can't give you an accurate comparison in recoil between shooting a 12 gauge shotgun and .270 rifle. I would have to shoot them side-by-side and one-after-the-other to do that. The .270 rifle is an excellent caliber. You can realistically harvest any big animal in North America with it; however, if you are primarily hunting whitetails, mule deer and pronghorn antelope, then, in my opinion, you can't do any better than the 25.06. Google the 25.06 caliber and read as much as you can about the cartridge. You will see what I am talking about. Every major manufacturer makes a 25.06 caliber. They are certainly not impossible to find. A few months ago after doing several hours of research homework on the internet, I purchased a 25.06 in a Marlin XL7. It is a bolt action rifle with a blind magazine. It is rugged, dependable, economical to purchase and accurate. It has received a lot of positive reviews on the internet by gun writers and individuals who have purchased the Marlin XL7. I harvested several deer with it this year with no problems. The 25.06 is a wildcat round; I call it my lightning rod! I am so glad that I made this purchase. The lack of recoil is easy on my shoulder. By the way, the Marlin XL7 has an excellent recoil pad. I really like that feature of the 25.06. Buy the 25.06 and don't look back. You will be happy with your purchase.

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from Phil1227 wrote 3 years 5 weeks ago

You should be ok with the recoil of the 270, and its a great caliber for what you want to hunt

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from cTXn wrote 3 years 5 weeks ago

I prefer .270 over most other calibers, but that's also due to the fact that I grew up hunting with my dad's .270 and I've never seen a need to branch out. I know from experience that the recoil is light enough for a 9 year old to shoot it accurately. I've taken everything from turkey to elk with it and haven't had a problem yet.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 3 years 5 weeks ago

None of the .277's are my favorite, but it is a great round for light thin skinned game. The recoil isn't bad, but about the same as a .30-06 or .280 Rem when loaded with same weight bullets. There is nothing magic about it. Lots of noise and blast!

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from smallgamehunter25 wrote 3 years 5 weeks ago

Mine hardly has any recoil, but I've heard some people saying theirs has a lot. I dont know, I would personally say its in the lighter catagory.

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from txtrapper wrote 3 years 5 weeks ago

I agree that it a verry tolerable caliber. It has less recoil than a 30-06 and in my experience it has a little flatter trajectory. It's sort of like a 30-30.. Thats the only caliber i can really compare the recoil to. Good luck!

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from Jere Smith wrote 3 years 5 weeks ago

I use 30/06 for Deer Moose and elk, unless I am in an area with BIG Bears, then I take the .375 then I expect some recoil.

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from thunderdog512 wrote 3 years 5 weeks ago

Keith-thanks for your input now im going with 25-06 for sure.i've never been fond of the 270 but since i couldnt find a 25-06 i just said what the hell and said 270 it is i guess. i'll keep looking and the marlin XL7 does look like a shooter.thanks everyone

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from ARhunter wrote 3 years 5 weeks ago

My father has a bar in .270 and it has no kick at all.

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from DakotaMan wrote 3 years 5 weeks ago

For game up to deer size, I'll take the 25-06 over the .270 any day and would take the time to find one. For me, the .270 with hunting loads has a fast, sharp recoil. It is deadly on deer but practice with hunting loads is no fun. At the range with a buddy, he could not finish his 20 rounds of 140g bullets with his .270. His shoulder was bruised. I shot three shots and that was enough for me. He hen helped me shoot a couple hundred rounds of 25-06 and .223 and couldn't believe the difference in recoil. He even stopped flinching during that session.

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