Debate time: .308 vs .270

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  1. Dr Ray

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    And the 270 has more energy and it shoots a lot flatter if you can call it that .
    But the 308 is useful for shooting heavier game as the slower bullet generally penetrates deeper than the faster moving 270 bullet. Note I wrote “generally”.
     

  2. mdwest

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    .308 for me... Its just a better "all around" rifle for meeting the requirements of 90+% of the hunting I do, whether its deer, pigs, elk here in the US, or PG in Africa..

    I certainly appreciate the "flat" shooting capability of the .270, and have learned to love the almost non existent recoil in some of my "smaller" bore rifles.. we're actually having a .270 built for my wife right now that I think is going to be one of her prized possessions once its finished..

    But being able to load the .308 down to 110gr projectiles, and all the way up to 180gr.. is a major plus for me.. and one particular .308 I have in my safe is just "comfortable".. I know that gun better than probably any other I own..

    and with rare occasion do I ever take a shot past about 150 yards (more often than not, shots are inside 100 yards).. so the "flat" aspect of the .270, while nice, really isnt of much value to me personally..
     

  3. Eventually_Africa_Again

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    As someone who doesn't (yet) reload I've owned and used both of these calibers in a ton of different rifles. At the end of the day, however, I no longer own any 308's and I do still own a .270. For me it was just a good combination of very low recoil, good trajectory and above all (for me) the ability to put the bullet right where I wanted it. I'm accurate enough with it to have no worries about a slightly smaller round. Also have to admit that I have 2 rifles in 6.5x55 Swede and I'm not sure if I should sell one of those two, or double down and sell the .270 lol. Anyway that's just my two cents and I'd say that honestly it would be very hard to go wrong with any of these calibers.
     

  4. fourfive8

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    hey LostandboredinTexas. What would be your choice and why? 270, '06, 308, etc..... ad nauseum :)
     

  5. Bill Bunn III

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    .270 and brunettes
     

  6. Art Lambart II

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    The 270 and 308 are both successful rounds but neither is a successful as their parent case. I'm not recoil shy so for me the choice is clear, the 30-06 all day, everyday, over the 270 and the 308.
     
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    I am old school, and see the .270 as a hunting cartridge and the .308 as military.
     
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  8. MarkCZ

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    I thought this was just 270 v 308 but now you mention the 30-06 you are definatly floating my boat. My 30-06 with 165 grn bullets shoots to point of aim at 200 yrds. I have taken more game with this rifle than all my others put together and only the other day we were shooting a muntjac size gong out to 300 yrds. In my opinion the 30-06 is superior to the other 2 calibres. I do like my 270 though I just feel unfaithful when I take it out of the cabinate instead of the ought 6.
    MarkCZ
     
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  9. Nicholas Barcomb

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    Cut my teeth on a Springfield 1903A3 in .30-06 SPR, so neither the .308 or .270 are useful to me. After I grew up and matured, I lean towards the 6.5 x 55 SE to get things done. ;)
     

  10. Dwight Beagle

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    The two rifles we had in the family for hunting were a military surplus 1903A3 and a Lee Enfield. Neither were sporterized. When I was 13 in 1972 I took some calf money, walked into Gibson’s and walked out with a 700 ADL .270. It has taken an elk, several nilgai, countless whitetails and hogs, a number of axis and one Rottweiler. Have had a 30-06 for ten years but haven’t shot it since I sighted it in, but I won’t be getting rid of it. I agree the 30-06 is more versatile if you hunt in big bear , moose and elk country. But living in Texas a .270 is more versatile to me though mine has been semi-retired for a while in favor of a 6.5x55. I have an irrational dislike for the .308 in a bolt action rifle and don’t have a clue as to why. I also could care less about whether a cartridge is short action or long action.

    .270 is a Corvette
    30-06 a Camaro
    .308 a Taurus
     
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    Edit, I misread
     

  12. DG870

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    My vote is for the 270. Reasons: mostly sentimental, as a 13 year old in the 60’s I was an avid reader of Sports Afield and Guns and Ammo and the 270 for me is the “rifle that Jack build”. I saved money and bought my first 270 in 1973. The rifle and caliber has served me well for 45 years mostly for mule deer and coyotes. I learned how to reload using the 270 and tried lots of different bullets, powders and it has treated me very well.

    The 308 is a fine round and the new alphabet rifles ie. wsm’s, rcm’s etc might get another 100 FPS but for my hunting the 270 Winchester is still a fine all around cartridge.
     

  13. Nosler guy

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    Can't imagine that I will ever have either of these calibres in my gun cabinet, just too many others that do every thing these two will and much more ...
     
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