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.270 WSM or .243 for wild boar

Discussion in 'Hunting, Fishing & Camping' started by MiamiE, Nov 23, 2005.

  1. MiamiE

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    what do you all recommend? im about to buy a new rifle mainly for small florida deer and wild boar. i want to keep my meat yet bring the animal down quick!
     
  2. Both would work great. Get a good quality bullet and practice you shots and limited yourself to 100yrds for the 243win and the 270wsm should be fine out to 200-300 if you can hit at that range. If you are hunting here in Florida, most likely you will be way under 100yrds. 50yrds around here is the farthest you will most likely get.
     


  3. MiamiE

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    whats the price difference in ammo for the .243 and the .270 WSM?
     
  4. TexAg

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    I'd recommend doing a search on the web to find your ammo price differences (www.ammoman.com www.cheaperthandirt.com)
    .243 will probably be more common in your local Wal-Mart or gun store and will be OK on pigs with good shot placement and reasonable distances. I think the .270wsm is a little much for whitetail, but probably slightly better for pigs, in my opinion.
     
  5. MiamiE

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    Eric @ Ammoman.com doesnt carry .243 or .270 ill try some other places, but its looking more and more like .243 may be the caliber of choice
     
  6. Go to Basspro or go online. BUT the price are about the same for the most part.

    270WSM is kinda a new cartridge so at some places it is higher in price.
     
  7. JKump

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    I have been using a 243 this year and have had 2 deer run a good distance after being shot. I Had good shot placement just behind the shoulder. One of the deer even had part of lung hanging out of the exit wound. I traded up to a 308. You might want to consider a 308, especially if you are going to shoot hogs, which is a lot tougher animal. To me the recoil of the 308 is not much more then the 243, and if I had to guess, the 308 recoil is less than the 270 WSM. However, if you heart is set for one of these two I would take the 270 WSM, because of the Hog issue. Addition, caliber that could fit you bill is the 7mm-08, a plain old 270, 280 and the grand daddy of them all 30-06. Just my 2 cents worth.
     
  8. tully_mars

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    Why the .270 WSM? I live in Alabama and have a similar terrain to Florida. The plain ole .270 Win will get the job done for all the applications you have mentioned. The WSM only adds more cost.

    To me unless you are a some king of really super duper outdoors man and hunting in all kinds of crazy places with exotic game, the WSM stuff is just gun rag madness generated to sell guns to people who already have great hunting rifles.

    BTW, I have a Browning BLR .270 win and a Win 30-30, there isn't anything southeast of TN that these rounds won't take care of at 100-300 yards (.270 above 100), and I never spend over $12/box for ammuntion.

    The .270 is about, IMO, one of the best overall useful rounds anyone can use. Straight, flat, fast, long distance, and large enough to get about anything including Elk if you ever please. A WSM just doesn't make sense to me.

    Tully Mars
     
  9. tully_mars

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    Jkump makes some good points here. .308 is a great round for the south especially for hogs. I have even heard my friends with .270 Win complain that deer can run some distance with a good hit. Because of this some traded up to .30-06. 30 caliber guns are great for hogs.

    Tully Mars
     
  10. {To me unless you are a some king of really super duper outdoors man and hunting in all kinds of crazy places with exotic game, the WSM stuff is just gun rag madness generated to sell guns to people who already have great hunting rifles.
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    ditto. The only problem with the legacy 270win is hardly any mfg have them and/or people who do have them don't want to give them up.


    {Jkump makes some good points here. .308 is a great round for the south especially for hogs. I have even heard my friends with .270 Win complain that deer can run some distance with a good hit. Because of this some traded up to .30-06. 30 caliber guns are great for hogs.}

    nothing wrong with 270win for deer or hogs. I know of plenty of hogs and deer that have died from a single shot from a 270win rifle and they didn't run any farther than a deer/hogs shot with 308win or 30-06.

    Alot of people seems to make a deer out to being a tuff animal to kill. A SE and to be specific a SE/FLA deer don't need anything more than a 270win to be kill and in reasonable range/angle a 243win would be the next pick.
     
  11. Clutch Cargo

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    I've used a .243 out to 100 yards. The magnum (I have a 7mm WSM will do the job to any distance you are capable of shooting). The 7mm was used to take a leopard, so I trust the energy of the round.

    I've had NO problem taking out a big boar with a 7.5" Ruger Super Redhawk in .44 magnum.
     
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  12. Travclem

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    .243 is a great hog round. Most of the hogs I've killed have been with a .243 and .223. I think both calibers you selected would do the job but the .243 will be cheaper and easier to find.
     
  13. Travclem

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    I have been pistol hunting some in the last few years. I have a 7.5" Super Blackhawk .44mag and a 7.5" Redhawk in .44mag. The old .44 will knock em down in a hurry.
     
  14. chevy01234

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    243 is plenty for hogs! Ammo is easier to find around here for the 243
     
  15. Big Bird

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    When I was stationed in Germany from 84-87 I shot over a dozen Russian Wild Boar using a .270 Winchester and 130 grain Remington Core-lokt bullets--yep the plain ole green box.

    Nothing ran more than 30 yards. A .270 WSM will surely get the job done as will a .243.
     
  16. Peter_72

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    I have killed wild pigs with a .22 rifle many times so any caliber will do the job as long as you place the shot well. What type of terrain/woods do you plan on hunting, thick underbrush, wide open, open woods?
     
  17. msoprano

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    I like the .243 a lot. I've had good exits and blood trails on every deer I've shot with it. I don't place any importance into whether a deer runs or not when hit, when judging cartridges. too many variables there.
     
  18. ss30378

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    I think either would be a good choise but like a few posts have stated why not the .308 or .270 win or .30-06 for that matter? Ammo is everywhere and it can usually be found cheaply my favorite hog rifle is my little 20" encore in 45-70. Weighs nothing and hits like a train. I load my own ammo so availability isnt an issue but even if it was the local walmart and gander mountain have it in stock. Handguns are fun for pigs to if keeping shots to a short distance.
     
  19. Aceman

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    To directly answer the question: I'd go .270wsm

    .243 will work too, but overall, .270wsm will generally work better/faster. That said, i agree with regular .270 should be more than sufficient.

    I do not agree with all the .223 fans (and that to some degree includes .243). Not saying they can't work. But since you have a choice, get something a little more reliable. Pigs are sturdy creatures.

    As for the .243 didn't put the deer down....I think .243 is a generally fine cartridge for small to medium sized deer. But as always - and as mentioned, many variables. I'd keep .243 for smallish doe. Anything bigger would be .270+ Big Buck = .30-06 for me.

    And i would seriously discount the run factor as mentioned. If a clean behind the shoulder hit didn't put it down in .243, a .308 might not have either.

    Gets back to how you hunt. I'm in the "if I am killing for sport, i'm killing clean and quick" and that means as few shots as possible, or a bigger than necessary caliber. Or letting a shot go because you don't have it. There are a lot of guys though who will take a crappy shot at the hind quarters rather than not pull the trigger...

    Wild pig i might be a little less sociable about. if .243 go for 110gr
     
    Last edited: Apr 8, 2012