My first higg-powered rifle was a custom .270 built on a Mauser action, Douglas barrel, Timney trigger, Bishop stock, all the goodies one could want in a custom rifle. Killed quite a few deer with the rifle, but found, later on in life, that my guidance by Jack O'Connor was somewhat one sided, and since moving to other cartridges and somewhat larger bores for everything, have found that the .270 wasted more good venison than with game harvested the last 20 years with a plethora of other rounds combined! Yep, it puts deer down with authority, but it's no all around elk gun. Because of elk hunting I laid down the .270 for other rounds.
Just my experience. Not wanting to detract from the proponents of the .270 Winchester, as it's imminently popular in this country, and must be doing the job right for many folks.
I worked as a butcher for 10 years, and am mainly a meat hunter, so that is why I dislike the .270. The speed and the light constuction of the 130 grain bullets most use destroy far too much meat. I think th .30-06 for the open country and the .30-30 for the bush, are far better than the .270. The .270 using 150g bullets might be better too.
Hey fellas, I was not really serious with the comment on the 270. I do have one and like and use it but would not seriously say it is ultimate for anything. I read Craig Boddingtons article in the September issue of Guns and Ammo. I get very tired of articles proclaming an "ultimate deer rifle". No such thing exists. But I do not get tired of listening to guys like ya'll hash it out. It usually brings about more arguement than this. Marshall, in response to your comment, it is a dream of mine to go west and elk hunt. Maybe someday. But the 270 will stay at home.
I'll agree, Crookedshot - there is no such thing as the PERFECT deer rifle. Just depends on the situation and the shooter.
As has been stated many times by a host of others, if one cartridge could be called the all-round perfect one, I'd have to vote for the 30-06.
In the West, the .338 Win Mag and the 30-06 still hold out as the most used elk cartridges. I've taken them with as little as a 7x57 AI shooting 175 gr bullets, but that's not to say I would recommend it for everyday usage on elk. With the advent of all the Ultra Mag's, Super Mag's, Short Mag's, etc, the referenced cartridges may take a beating in popularity in the future.
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