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270 or 30-06 ?

https://thebiggamehuntingblog.com/270-vs-30-06/





I own a Winchester 30-30 lever action, Octaganol barrel, the 1967 Anniversary edition. that is as close as I have come to these two loads.


which do you prefer?


the blog talks about both....


it took me a lot of reading to finally find what seems to be the best statement:


The difference between them (270 vs 30-06) is not as great as it is sometimes made out to be and the animal will never know the difference if your shot is placed in the right spot.

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I do have a 270 but for game bigger than deer I'll usually take my B78 chambered in .45-70 Government.

For deer and smaller game I'll take my .45 cal. flint lock.

And if I really want to punish myself I'll take my Winchester 94 Big Bore chambered in .375 Winchester.
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Didn't read the blog but I prefer the '06. The 270 is a little better long range but at ranges longer than most people can shoot accurately. If you load your own the 30/06 is much more versatile & .308 bullets come in a much bigger variety.
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Didn't read the blog but I prefer the '06. The 270 is a little better long range but at ranges longer than most people can shoot accurately. If you load your own the 30/06 is much more versatile & .308 bullets come in a much bigger variety.

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what you said was stated in that blog.

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This debate has been going on since the .270 came out. I'm old school and load for the .06 with 165 gr. Sierra Game Kings. Can't shoot much over 100yds where I used to hunt and never had to walk more than twenty yards from where the deer was hit. I think it's a long talked over subject and just a personal choice. -BUT- Like Dave said, the wider selection of available bullets made up my mind over 40 years ago.
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Caliber debate's have been going on since gunpowder was invented!! That said, the closest I've came to either caliber was a .308 Remington Woodsmaster semi auto that I bought cuz of the price and I was tired of seeing deer beyond the reach of my 12ga... Buying the .308 cured the problem cuz I never saw a deer again beyond 50 yards!! That said if I was to buy another rifle, I'd buy one chambered in the round my pistol uses: The 500 S&W Mag.. Why?? Using the same round for both guns is one reason.. Another is I would probably not scope the rifle as around here in Ocala the max shot is gonna be about 100-150 yards and with the low powered rounds I load for my pistol, (approx. 1200fps at the muzzle), this round would do me just fine I think!!

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I've owned both and enjoyed the .270 as it had a little less recoil but the 30-06 has much more versatility as you can always find ammo for it even in the most remote places. I've killed a few deer and a lot of groundhogs with the 30-06 and never had any issues with it.

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I've owned both and enjoyed the .270 as it had a little less recoil but the 30-06 has much more versatility as you can always find ammo for it even in the most remote places. I've killed a few deer and a lot of groundhogs with the 30-06 and never had any issues with it.

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Back in 1971, I bought a Remington 700 bolt action in .223 for the specific choice of shooting prairie dogs on the ranch where I lived just west of Borger, Texas. love that gun, "no recoil" almost... with a rubber pad, barely felt it kick back.

Also used it to coyote hunt, and had a spotlight taped to the stock below the barrel. On one particular night hunt, I took down a coyote that saw the light, turned to run away, but he fell to the ground immediately.

When we picked him up, we could not find an entrance or exit wound.
A friend of ours ( hunting buddy ) was paying us $5.00 per head to bring them to him. He is a Taxidermist.....

He told us that there were no breaks in the skin anywhere, but the anus had a tiny hole and the interior organs had exploded.

so, guess I hit the '10 spot' on that target.

my buddy drove his pickup and I was leaning over the headache rack.
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I love my '06. .270 is a good round, but .280 Remington or .280 AI is a better round IMHO. Better ballistics than the 270 in heavier weights and matches it in lighter weights. The .270 can go a little lighter than .280, but not enough to matter. Ultimately, my go to hunting gun is still a 30-06. a modern 30-06 will outperform pretty much anything else when loaded correctly.

Whatever your choice is, handloading will yield far better results than virtually any factory load you can get your hands on.

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270 is just a necked down '06. The '06 will do everything a 270 will Ö and a bit more.

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