The Firing Line Forums

Go Back   The Firing Line Forums > The Hide > The Hunt

View Poll Results: Is the .270 Win adequate for big game?
Yes 53 94.64%
No 3 5.36%
Voters: 56. You may not vote on this poll

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old April 19, 2005, 05:33 AM   #1
Junior Member
Join Date: April 19, 2005
Location: Brisbane, Australia
Posts: 7
.270 Win Adequate For Big Game?

Is the .270 Win adequate for big game?
magnum308 is offline  
Old April 19, 2005, 06:49 AM   #2
Senior Member
Join Date: December 18, 2004
Location: South Carolina
Posts: 207
I'm not sure I'd use it for much of anything bigger than whitetail.
pointfiveoh is offline  
Old April 19, 2005, 07:02 AM   #3
Join Date: March 18, 2005
Location: West Virginia
Posts: 22
It will kill an elk for sure.
hockey_78 is offline  
Old April 19, 2005, 09:22 AM   #4
Rich Lucibella
Join Date: October 6, 1998
Location: South Florida
Posts: 10,206
Define "Big Game":
Brown Bear?
Cape Buffalo?
All of the above?

S.W.A.T. Magazine
Weapons, Training and Tactics for the Real World
Join us at TFL or at or on Facebook
Rich Lucibella is offline  
Old April 19, 2005, 10:47 AM   #5
Senior Member
Join Date: May 30, 2004
Posts: 221
I used a Remington model 700 .270 for years. It's just right for deer, maybe a bit light for elk, but will get the job done. Its great for bighorn sheep, mountain lion and antelope. I swore I'd never replace it. Then they came out with the 7mm STW.
XDoctor is offline  
Old April 19, 2005, 11:15 AM   #6
Sharp Shooter
Junior Member
Join Date: April 19, 2005
Location: colorado
Posts: 10

absolutely my little bro. has shot numerous elk wiht his savage 270 and they were all one shot kills, shot placement is everything.
Sharp Shooter is offline  
Old April 19, 2005, 11:18 AM   #7
Senior Member
Join Date: February 2, 2000
Location: Wyoming
Posts: 2,324
With proper shot selection, good bullets and bullet placement, the .270 Win is adecuate for anything that walks North America. Though I'd deffinatly want something larger on the griz variety of bruin... Just in case. The rest - I've already taken with mine, excepting Caribou which I doubt would be hardier than Moose! It's always functioned just fine.

But, that being said, if you are willing to settle for less than ideal bullet placement, plan to take running shots, or just have trouble keeping groups small enough to hit the vitals at hunting ranges - take something larger with more power. Then the answer is "No. It is not adecuate to take big game." But than again, given such circumstances, neither is a .460 Wetherby.
What part of "... shall not be infringed..." don't you understand?

My site - stop by n see what I'm all about... Yes, there is gun stuff.
yorec is offline  
Old April 19, 2005, 12:52 PM   #8
Senior Member
Join Date: January 26, 2005
Location: Montana
Posts: 1,187
I'd use it for game up to elk size. Black bears too. I would want something with a little more power for dangerous game (grizzly, brown bears), but below that, it should be good for just about anything.
The test of character is not 'hanging in' when you expect light at the end of the tunnel, but performance of duty, and persistence of example when you know no light is coming.
- Vice Admiral James Stockdale, USN (ret.)
Twycross is offline  
Old April 19, 2005, 02:09 PM   #9
Senior Member
Join Date: December 31, 2004
Location: Canada
Posts: 1,775
I'm not sure I'd use it for much of anything bigger than whitetail.
dude,how big are the white tails around there?

my .270 took 5 deer this year, in the hands of two people and a follow up shot was not neseeary on any. i would have no innner conflict about taking it after moose or elk, id just select the right shots.
I love the smell of fresh shotgun in the morning.
Jseime is offline  
Old April 19, 2005, 10:21 PM   #10
Senior Member
Join Date: May 19, 2004
Location: Fairbanksan in exile to Aleutian Hell
Posts: 2,648
Surprisingly enough, out here in brown, furry country, the majority of locals use, carry and shoot .270s. They seem to get the job done well enough.
Though you definitely want to use premium bullets on critters larger than caribou.
Herman Cain '12

Squished bugs on a windshield is proof the slow/heavy bullet theory works.
stevelyn is offline  
Old April 19, 2005, 10:49 PM   #11
Junior member
Join Date: May 31, 2004
Location: The Toll Road State, U.S.A.
Posts: 12,451
Hecks yeah it is, with the right bullet selection and shot placement that it.....up until you're talking coastal browns or polar bears anyhow; then it's not ideal.
FirstFreedom is offline  
Old April 22, 2005, 06:43 PM   #12
Junior Member
Join Date: April 5, 2005
Location: Ohio
Posts: 11
I'd say no . . . why waste an excuse to buy a bigger rifle?
RigatoniRider is offline  
Old April 22, 2005, 07:38 PM   #13
Long Path
Senior Member
Join Date: May 31, 1999
Location: N. Texas
Posts: 5,896
Rich's answer stands: what do you mean by "Big Game"? In Africa and parts of Asia, North American deer and elk would barely class as "medium game." There are a lot of hunters here who hunt BIG GAME. (Big browns, buffalo of all kinds, African lion, elephant, hippo, Alaskan moose, etc)

Jack O’Connor "proved" that you can effectively use the .270 for just about anything. That doesn't mean that it's the RIGHT choice for Polar Bear, but he managed to do it. With the heavier bullets, I'd feel fine with anything in the Americas with it, with the possible exception of big browns. (But with the right shot, maybe even then, though it's not optimal.)
"Welcome to The Firing Line, a virtual community dedicated to the discussion and advancement of responsible firearms ownership."T.F.L. Policy Page
Will you, too, be one who stands in the gap? ____________
Long Path is offline  
Old April 26, 2005, 03:04 PM   #14
Andrew LB
Senior Member
Join Date: January 8, 2005
Location: Peoples Republic of Kalifornia
Posts: 285
Like Sharp Shooter said, shot placement is everything. Don't take any risky long shots or from odd shooting positions and you'll do just fine with a .270.
Andrew LB is offline  
Old April 28, 2005, 02:25 PM   #15
Lone Star
Senior Member
Join Date: February 10, 2002
Posts: 512
Jack O'Connor shot some pretty large animals with the .270, but he could SHOOT and knew their anatomy, and used Nosler Partition important point. I ws very impressed with the results tht he got on oryx, a notoriously tough antelope, with the .270.

But Jack is often maligned by some who don't realize that even he used heavier calibers when wise. He owned .338. .375 H&H and .416 Rigby rifles, too. I don't recall him shooting a polar bear, but he took a .338 to Alaska for brown bear. If he DID shoot a polar bear, I bet he didn't choose a .270 for that job! He did note that Alaska warden Hosea Sarber shot many brown bears with a .270, and liked the cartridge.

Lone Star
Lone Star is offline  
Old April 28, 2005, 04:09 PM   #16
Junior member
Join Date: January 8, 2002
Posts: 675
.303 British has been used on every kind of game there is, not that I would recommend it. .270 can be used as well. Of course, if you have the money to go after Cape Buffalo or Big Brown's, you have enough to spend on a big bore.

Davis is offline  

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:08 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
This site and contents, including all posts, Copyright © 1998-2017 S.W.A.T. Magazine
Copyright Complaints: Please direct DMCA Takedown Notices to the registered agent:
Contact Us
Page generated in 0.11415 seconds with 8 queries