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Looking for some feedback on the 270 WSM caliber. The ballistics on this round are pretty inpressive. I am in the market and have been thinking of getting of getting a 7mm MAG, but the barrel length of a long action magnum has me a little leary. The 270 WSM is 3" shorter in total length that the 7mm MAG, in the same rifle. Rifle will be used for deer hunting where most shots are 50-200 yards, with an occasional long shot out to 300. I am interetsed to find out how this caliber performs on deer. I would shoot a nosler partiton out of it. I have shot a 270 Win for the last 20 years. Thanks in advance for any input.
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   bigjim
If you like the regular 270 you'll love the short magnum. Basically the same except shorter action and you have the ability to turn up the horsepower. I reload my 270 wsm to about 3100 fps and it smashes them but you can shoot it alot hotter if needed, I rarely shoot past three hundred and 200 lb bucks crumble in their tracks if I do my part. At 3100 fps it kicks like my daughters 243, I prefer her to shoot it than her 243 as it is easier for her to stay on target with rest with extra weight and length of gun.
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Been useing for about five years and kill a bunch on hogs and deer out to 200yards. Rem 700 with brake and 2 lbs tiger. This gun will shoot 1" five shot groups. Very good round
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I have been shooting the 270 WSM for the past three years and it performs well. I shoot 130 Grain Federal Power Shok and at 300 yards it only drops about 8 inches. I dropped a 160lb doe in her tracks, had a 100lb doe run about 20 yards after a neck shot and dropped a 60lb hog dry. I think it's a good round, you just need to find what your rifle shoot a good group with. At 100 yards, I can put three shots touchong eachother. Good luck with finding what works for you.
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   Iceman
Guys, how is the performance at close ranges? When the shorts first came out, my buddy bought a 7mm WSM and he shot a buck and a doe with it the first weekend. The were both killed at about 50 yards, and ran a long ways. The exit holes were very small, almost like the load was so hot at 50 yards that it didn't have time to expand. I don't remember what bullet he was shooting, but it definitely didn't perform like my 270 Win with Nosler Partitons. Does the 270 WSM mushroon well at close ranges? I would shoot a Nosler Partition out of it if I get it. Those have been good to me. Thanks.
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I have the 270wsm in the Browning X-Bolt and i love it. This is my opion but i think this is the best caliber and rifle out there but i know everybody has their own opion. Oh by the way i shoot Federal Fusion 150 grain and they are awesome i killed one over 200 yards and fell in her tracks.I have also shot them close up and they fell right there with a good exit hole. I am going to try the Winchester XP3 150 just to try them but if not happy i am going back to the fusions
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Very good gun i have a weatherby in 270 wsm and droped 2 deer in its tracks one about 230 yards an the other at 100. The onlyproblem do not soot billistics silver tips they will not mushroom like they have to . I use fedral Fusion and they never let me downat about 40 dollars a box not to bad compare to some that got as far as 70 dollars but good luck with your pick if you have any more questions email me at kahr_777@yahoo.com
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I shoot the 300wsm and my dad shoots the 270wsm and he has not had a deer run with it yet and this is shooting deer in front of dogs that are already running. He shoots a 150grains in the Federal Nosler Partitions and he is shooting 1" groups at 300 yards with the x-bolt. It shoots good at all yardages
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   Iceman
Sounds good. Thanks for the input. How hard is it to find ammo in 270 WSM? I would hate to change, when the 270 Win has done me so well for the last 20 years, only to find that shells are really hard to come by? Specifically, how hard are Federal Prem Nosler Partitions to find, or the fusions? Thanks again guys.
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Browning X-Bolt 270 WSM with Winchester XP3 150 gr shot 3 hogs inside of 60 yrds great exit hole you wont have a problem finding blood,thats if they do run. also these bullets don,t seem to cause all the blood trama around the wound area the meat was much cleaner around the wound area.all 3 left around a 1"-1 1/2" exit blood every where.Take a look at the X-bolt if you pick it up you might not put it down,thats what happend to me good luck.
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   JIMMY W
Go with the 300 WSM!!
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   southnboy
go 300wsm. better variety and ballistics.
It will give you more muzzle jump than probably used to form a 30-06 or 270. WSM's typically are lighter(shorter action) and shorter barrels in most cases. Get a 50 mm scope if you want a chance to see the dead deer in your scope after the shot. Them suckers jump!!
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I will drop deer at 150 range shooting the winchester balistic silvertip 150 grain. but on short shots i find the gun is to powerful and the deer run for a little while. I love the gun but i think i will try a different type of bullet for next year. as far as the shells when you find them you better buy them. dont go to wal-mart or academy and expect to find them every time you go. bass pro and cabellas and simmions sporting goods keep them in stock.
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   Iceman
I went with the 270 WSM. They had 4 boxes of 130 grain core lokts in 270 wsm when I picked up my gun, so I bought all 4 boxes. Before I shot it with the core lokts, I ordered a box of Federal Prem 150 gr nosler partitions for it. I have shot 10 rounds of the core lokts through it, and it groups very good with them. I have always shot nosler partitions, and will try them since they have now come in just to see how the gun likes them.
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The 270 WSM is an excellent caliber, but I will stick with my .270 Winchester for whitetail deer. I have used the 270 Win for 35 years, and have had only one deer ran more than 20 yards after impact, and that was due to poor shot selection when I was young and foolish. In my opinion, my recent use of Federal ammo with 110 g Barnes TSX bullets has brought my .270 up another notch: the ammo is very accurate, extremely fast (3400 fps at muzzle), flat-shooting (dead on at 200 yards when held one-inch high at 100 yards), and has excellent terminal performance (expands initially but maintains weight to exit the animal). I have shot seven deer since converting to the 110 g bullets, and five were flop-deads and two died within 20 yards. The ballistics of a 270 Win using a 110 g Barnes TSX bullet is similar to that of a 270 Weatherby.

In my original post, I neglected to mention that the recoil velocity of the 270 Win is less than that of the 270 WSM; it is generally acknowledged that increases in recoil may lead to flinching and a decease in accuracy.

I'm sorry that I hijacked this thread, but I love my 270 Win and would recommend it as life-time gun for hunters. Young hunters can use this caliber because of the availability of managed recoil ammo, and then later graduate to hotter rounds such as my favorite.
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If the rifle you like "will be used for deer hunting where most shots are 50-200 yards, with an occasional long shot out to 300", the regular .270 cartridge will do everything that you need it to do. Three hundred yard shots are very possible with the standard .270 cartridge. With a 200 yard zero there is only about a 3/4" difference in impact points between the WSM and standard 270 cartridge at 300 yards. Speaking for myself, I do not think that I could take advantage of the 3/4" flatter ballistics in a hunting situation where game may be moving or a shot has to happen fast. A big plus with the standard .270 is that you can find the ammo almost anywhere, and it cost a lot less to purchase. If you ever made a hunt and left a bag home that had your ammo in it, and had to try to find ammo out in the boonies on a holiday weekend, the standard .270 ammo will be a lot easier to find than the WSM.

All that being said, the .270WSM is a great cartridge that really shines at over 300 yards.

Mike

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   Iceman
The 270 WSM is a hair over 2" flatter than a 270 WIN at 300 yards shooting the same bullet, a 150 grain nosler partition. This is with a 200 yard zero on both. Trust me, that's not why I went with the short mag. 7.6" low or 5.5" low at 300 yards is no big deal. I just wanted something different, and the 270 WSM allowed me to stick with the same bullet, which has done me well, but step up to a magnum load. The other nice thing was that it's a pretty compact gun, when compared to a long action magnum like the 7mm mag. I have had not found ammo hard to find for the 270 WSM, and I have not forgot ammo for a hunting trip in my 20 years of hunting. I mainly wanted a magnum round in the gun safe.
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   doubletap
Nice! How 'bout a pic of the beauty?
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   Iceman
You want to see a pic of the gun?
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   Capt Bob
Ive never had a problem, killing out to 500 yrds, on Muleys,Roosavelt Elk, Ect, with a pre 64 Mod. 70 270 Win,with 130 grain nosler partitions.with an 1969 Leopold 3-9 scope. Im sure the WSM 270 will do the same ! just my 2 cents Capt Bob
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Go to Remington's website and look at the ballistics of a .300 Win mag, Weatherby mag, & .300 RUM you will see how the .270 WSM falls into play. It is very a very flat shooter with 150 grain bullets. It is very competitive with the 7mm Ultra mag. It will out shoot a 7mm mag and a 7mm STW....
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   Iceman
Tracker, I agree. I checked out the ballistics before buying the 270 WSM, and the ballistics are better than a 7mm Mag, which is what I almost went with. The recoil is comparable to my 270 Win, maybe a hair more kick, but not enough to notice. Also, it shot very well with the first type of ammo I put in it. I am very happy so far. I read a lot of reviews from guys who use it as an elk rifle and were very high on it, so it sounds like a legitimate elk round also. Also, ammo has been very easy to find. I'm happy with the purchase. Thanks for the imput.
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   ROB213
Rifle calibers are like women, there's a ton of them out there, some better than others. Find one you like and stick with it.
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