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Hunting Rifle Caliber Choice: 270 vs 7mm-08
« on: December 01, 2011, 01:26:34 AM »
Picked out the hunting rifle I'm going to get - getting ready to order it and I'm Hung up on caliber.  Again.  This will primarily be for Coyotes, Deer, maybe Antelope, Mountain Lion & potentially elk.

I am leaning to the 7mm-08 given its flat shooting, light recoil as my kids get old enough to hunt they can inherit this.  But I'm also thinking the .270 because of a past entanglement with it.  Plus someone said something about a 270 Super.  Can I fire that in a regular 270 chamber?

to clarify I'm not reloading, nor do I expect to fire more than 2-300 at the most per year (just found a great coyote hunt area 9 miles from my door). So cost of ammo - while a consideration isn't as big an issue.

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Re: Hunting Rifle Caliber Choice: 270 vs 7mm-08
« Reply #1 on: December 01, 2011, 02:36:31 AM »
First of all, I've been shooting .270 my whole life and don't reckon I'll ever change, so long as I'm hunting North America.    I might move up to a magnum cartridge should I ever go out for moose, but that won't likely be the near future.  And I've never hunted with 7mm-08. So I'm quite biased.

Anyways, although I'd personally opt for the extra oomph of the .270, which I really don't think is too much (been shooting it since I was about 10), I'd say decide what type of rifle you want for what style of hunting.  Even the kids should be able to handle the .270 if they're shooting a full sized rifle (like a wood-stocked Rem 700), out of a box stand, with a good seat, and a sturdy rest.  So if that's your speed, don't handicap yourself.

If you're going to be hiking all over the back country, stalking game, or hanging out of a tree shooting free-hand, and subsequently prefer a lighter rifle like a Rem model 7 or a Savage, I could see a strong argument for the lighter recoiling 7mm-08.  Especially for a kiddo shooting from a less than ideal stance.

Never heard of a 270 super.
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Re: Hunting Rifle Caliber Choice: 270 vs 7mm-08
« Reply #2 on: December 01, 2011, 02:48:36 AM »
Not a great deal of difference between the two ballistically.  The .270 is going to be a long action and the 7mm08 will be a short action if that makes any difference to you.  Short actions are a smidge lighter and can be a little more forgiving of scope placement depending on your choice of glass.  I've not heard of a .270 Super - that's a new one on me.  Either caliber will be easy to find ammo for. 

I have no great amount of experience with either caliber but the .270 seems to generate slightly more recoil.  A friend who shoots the .270 says his is pretty finicky about what ammo it likes.  No function problems but his groups open up if the right ammo is not served up.  That said, the .270 is perennially one of the top selling calibers and has been for years.  No doubt about it  -  it just works. 

My experience with 7mm's is pretty limited as well.  I used an older 7x57 Mauser years ago and that was a very nice rifle/caliber combo.  My only 7mm currently is that Winchester 94 in 7/30 Waters that you got to shoot when we were all down by Maricopa.  A very sweet handling rifle that hits hard out to about 200 - 250 yards.  I would not hesitate in the slightest to take a 7mm08 for the type of hunting you mentioned.  It is more than adequate for anything up to elk. 

I think my choice might be the 7mm08 by a slight margin.  It is a very efficient cartridge and most rifles chambered for it can be made to shoot well with factory ammo.  That plus the handiness factor of a short action tips the scale for me.  I assume we are talking about the same rifle here with the only difference being caliber?

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Re: Hunting Rifle Caliber Choice: 270 vs 7mm-08
« Reply #3 on: December 01, 2011, 11:28:33 AM »
Yes exact same rifle just different calibers - I'm cutting a check to Luke tomorrow for some holsters and then going to the gunshow here Saturday looking for a local one.  If I can't find one local Buds has them for a great price depending on shipping. 
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Re: Hunting Rifle Caliber Choice: 270 vs 7mm-08
« Reply #4 on: December 01, 2011, 11:45:07 AM »

I think my choice might be the 7mm08 by a slight margin.  It is a very efficient cartridge and most rifles chambered for it can be made to shoot well with factory ammo.  That plus the handiness factor of a short action tips the scale for me.

That's exactly my thinking.
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Re: Hunting Rifle Caliber Choice: 270 vs 7mm-08
« Reply #5 on: December 01, 2011, 12:12:37 PM »
I figured this was a battle of inches - just wanted to see if there was something I wasn't seeing. 
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Re: Hunting Rifle Caliber Choice: 270 vs 7mm-08
« Reply #6 on: December 01, 2011, 01:42:18 PM »
 I'd say it's a tossup.  Whichever you can find cheaper and feels best.  7MM-08 will be a bit more compact.

 I'm personally biased, my first deer rifle was a .270 and I used it pretty hard for 3-4 years until I got into magnums.   It should be managable for your kids.  I'll admit, when I was 12-13 recoil bothered me with my .270, BUT....I had gotten a lightweight .270 and all told it is still one of the lightest guns I own.

 I just like .270's.  Good guns.    the 7mm-08 might be a BIT more versatile, but in my opinion, the "upper end" of the 7mm-08 might be better served by a .300 mag or the like.
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« Reply #7 on: December 01, 2011, 05:05:56 PM »
I'd take the .270.  More options out there for that.
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Re: Hunting Rifle Caliber Choice: 270 vs 7mm-08
« Reply #8 on: December 02, 2011, 12:33:34 AM »
I've always considered both those rounds a little light for Elk and big mulies... maybe I'm wrong  :shrug
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Re: Hunting Rifle Caliber Choice: 270 vs 7mm-08
« Reply #9 on: December 02, 2011, 11:47:21 PM »
I've always considered both those rounds a little light for Elk and big mulies... maybe I'm wrong  :shrug
Now, they are just fine. 
Of course, we have a lot of dudes going after Elk and Mulies with .243 here.  Even .22-250 for the deer.  The .270 is just fine indeed.
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Re: Hunting Rifle Caliber Choice: 270 vs 7mm-08
« Reply #10 on: December 03, 2011, 10:28:34 PM »
For factory ammo choices available everywhere - go with the .270. I love the 7mm08 - but I'm a reloader.
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Re: Hunting Rifle Caliber Choice: 270 vs 7mm-08
« Reply #11 on: December 03, 2011, 10:44:33 PM »
Well this topic can go on hold after today...  I bought a hunting rifle and it was neither caliber.  Pics & a new thread to follow.
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Re: Hunting Rifle Caliber Choice: 270 vs 7mm-08
« Reply #12 on: December 03, 2011, 10:56:50 PM »
Well this topic can go on hold after today...  I bought a hunting rifle and it was neither caliber.  Pics & a new thread to follow.

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