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.270 30 34.48%
.308 57 65.52%
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Old December 4, 2011, 01:08 PM   #1
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.270 or .308

which one
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Old December 4, 2011, 01:15 PM   #2
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I'm not quite sure what the comparison is specifically in regards to.
i.e. If you can only have one of these two calibers, what would it be?
If you're shooting long distance (>500m) which would you prefer?
If you're looking for a decent caliber for big game? etc.

So I went with a .308. Ballistics are very close to the .30-06 and it's known for being a decent caliber for longer ranges.

That being said, the .270 is a great caliber as well. Jack O'connor was a huge .270 fan and even boasted that it serves as an adequate cartridge for taking any big game in north america. I own a .270 winchester and have the utmost confidence in that caliber for big game hunting, but I'm also not looking to turn it into a 1000 meter target rifle. There are calibers with better ballistics for long range shooting.

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Old December 4, 2011, 01:42 PM   #3
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Without knowing primay use i voted 308. Ammo is more abundant and in more flavors. Not that 270 is hard to find but you wont be finding any low cost plinking ammo for it or match ammo.
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Old December 4, 2011, 02:00 PM   #4
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.308 just on the versatility of the .30 caliber round. Great for hunting, target shooting and plinking and you could probably shoot it alot cheaper than you could a .270.
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Old December 4, 2011, 02:07 PM   #5
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I went with .308 as a general pick. Nothing againts a .270 (my deer cartridge).

Maybe if there were guidelines I might change my answer.
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Old December 4, 2011, 02:13 PM   #6
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Without any further info, .308/7.62 will win the poll, but you might not be getting the right answer to the right question. Way too broad a request.
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Old December 4, 2011, 02:30 PM   #7
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I voted for the 308 less recoil and CHEAPER TO SHOOT!
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Old December 4, 2011, 02:38 PM   #8
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308 here also.Versatility and accuracy.
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Old December 4, 2011, 02:44 PM   #9
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.270 better ballistics.
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Old December 4, 2011, 02:50 PM   #10
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.270 here as well, im just not a fan of the shorter action of the .308, if your going to buy a 30 cal get a 30-06 or 300 not a .308, it just dies at long range to much. The .27o will shoot a lighter bullet like the 110 way flatter than the .308 will ever dream of. Comparing the the 110 gr .270 Barned III Shock it drops 32" at 500 compared to the 150 of the .308 dropping 50" and even when comparing the 150gr bullet in the .270 it still drops 43". A major plus the .270 has over the .308
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Old December 4, 2011, 03:11 PM   #11
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I voted .308 because its my personal favorite, Such a Powerfull, readily available, cheap to reload, and talorable cartridge. I love it!!!
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Old December 4, 2011, 03:47 PM   #12
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+1 TX.

I choose .308 also.

Don't like limited choice of high quality bullets on the .270, prefer to run a short action in most cases. .308 can do pretty much anything the .270 can and burn less powder. IMO the .280 is far superior to the .270.

Do they make match ammunition for the .270?
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Old December 4, 2011, 05:04 PM   #13
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As I recall, Winchester brought out the .270 in 1925, necked an '06 case down from .30 to .27 caliber. It was designed as a hunting round, and from what I can see, it is perfect as an all around hunting rifle caliber. It has great preformance, flat trajectory, fast, accurate bullet and much less recoil than a .308 or .30-06 from what I can tell, and both of those rounds have cracked my cheekbone pretty good before. The last time I shot a crow in the field with my .30-06 from a rest, I could have sworn George Foreman snuck on me and gave me a swift, HARD left jab! I got the crow, but that frigging recoil got me good! With my .270, with 130 grain bullets, she is soft, sweet and gentle with me, and just as deadly on game.

I have used various .270's in the past few decades to take game from woodchucks to deer, and love the round. Savage 110's, Winchester 70, Mossberg / Howa 1500, Ruger 77, Remington 721, Remington 7600 (pump). Take your pick, with a 4X scope, they all shot better than I could (or can), at 150 yards, which is much farther than most of the hunting shots most of us in the North East ever get. A quality bolt action .270 with a decent scope is perfect for just about anything in North America (not counting Grizz....LOL!). Pick 150 grain bullets if you go after Moose. 130's for deer, bear, hogs, varmints, etc.

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Old December 4, 2011, 05:12 PM   #14
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I chose he .270 win, because of my infinite wisdom..... I have extensive experience with both.
But the .270 win is a killer hunting cartridge, and the .308 is a killer long range cartridge.

My infinite wisdom starts and ends with animals killed, 20+ animals killed with .270 win ------ 0 animals klled with .308...

If I ever build a target/long range rifle it will probably be the .308, and not a .270.

Its just what I use more at this point in my life.
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Old December 4, 2011, 05:44 PM   #15
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Haha i guess that's one way to look at it based on personal experience, but the .308 is a tried and true hunting round also. Honestly the .308 isn't necessarily remarkable at long range, is it good enough. Yeah you betcha, but there are definitely more practical LR SA cartridges.
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Old December 4, 2011, 06:06 PM   #16
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It does not matter, both will kill any game animal you are likely to hunt. Just pick one and go. I'm a .308 man, my Uncle was a .270 man. He killed more deer before he died than I ever will but I have shot at 1000 yards in competition which he never did. It wouldn't have mattered if we traded guns, result would have been lots of dead targets for me and dead deer for him.
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Old December 4, 2011, 09:02 PM   #17
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You didn't say for what use so I coming in with the 308, mostly because it is easier to find and at a lower price point at lest around here.
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Old December 4, 2011, 09:53 PM   #18
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For many years my dad was a 308 guy. He shot a Browning BAR and loved it, but it finally got too heavy for him. We kids decided to get him a new and lighter rifle and after much discussion we went with the Ruger Ultralight in 270with a 3X9 scope. His first kill with the new rifle was a coyote. He called, all excited, to tell me about it. He said something like "Son, I tried out the new rifle on a coyote this afternoon, and there were pieces of him all over the palmettos". He loved that gun and caliber from day 1. I also shoot a 270, and for deer hunting I rate the 270 over the 30-06 and the 30-06 over the 308. Sure, the 308 is used in long distance shooting, but that's because it's the military round with tons of long range shooting history on it and not because it's an improvement over the 30-06 (or the 270). They'll all do the job, but I do think the 270 does it a little better.
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Old December 5, 2011, 12:22 AM   #19
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For hunting a .270 puts them down much better then a .308. I've killed enough deer with each one to know.
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Old December 5, 2011, 01:15 AM   #20
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.270 is a superior deer round, but .308 is more plentiful, versatile and vastly cheaper to buy in bulk. Plus it happens to be one of the most popular Evil Black Rifle calibers.
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Old December 5, 2011, 01:41 AM   #21
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270 for Me not a plinker,But it is a Game getter I have smaller & better can & paper killers
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Old December 5, 2011, 01:45 AM   #22
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I can't think of anything a .308 would do that my .270 can not..... other than cost me the price of a new rifle, dies, and bullets......
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Old December 5, 2011, 02:44 AM   #23
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I voted .308, cause thats what I use. I've hunted with the same bunch of guys for over 30 years - since we left school. I use a .308, my mates use .270 & 30/06's. In all these years of hunting I wouldn't say one cartridge has dramatically outperformed the other. Choose whichever cartridge you want in an accurate rifle & learn to shoot it well. Then you will realize that its the person behind the trigger that makes the biggest difference between how these cartridges perform. Sure the .270 is slightly flatter shooting, but realistically shooting any of these cartridges over 300 yards will require knowledge of trajectory for holdover.
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Old December 5, 2011, 02:45 AM   #24
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I can't think of anything a .308 would do that my .270 can not..... other than cost me the price of a new rifle, dies, and bullets......
Burn less powder while achieving similar/equal results at 1000yds Other than that it's sort of an unfair comparison but i suppose thats where the 30-06 comes into play. I mean we are comparing a LA round to a SA.

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I voted .308, cause thats what I use. I've hunted with the same bunch of guys for over 30 years - since we left school. I use a .308, my mates use .270 & 30/06's. In all these years of hunting I wouldn't say one cartridge has dramatically outperformed the other. Choose whichever cartridge you want in an accurate rifle & learn to shoot it well. Then you will realize that its the person behind the trigger that makes the biggest difference between how these cartridges perform. Sure the .270 is slightly flatter shooting, but realistically shooting any of these cartridges over 300 yards will require knowledge of trajectory for holdover.
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Old December 5, 2011, 06:42 AM   #25
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I voted for the 308 but would buy a 7mm-o8 instead of either, I think it is the best of both cartriges rolled into 1.
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