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Deer rifle - 26-06 or 270?

Discussion in 'Hunting, Fishing & Camping' started by bbauman, Nov 18, 2003.

  1. bbauman

    bbauman Millennium Member

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    Thinking of getting a different rifle for midwest whitetails. Looking at synthetic stock, bolt actions that have iron sights. Remington 700 ADL or Savage 111F most likely.

    My conundrum is caliber. 6mm Remington looks good but not popular enough. Currently looking at the .25-06 or .270. Which would you choose?
     
  2. f1b32oPTic

    f1b32oPTic R4d104c71v3

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    although the 25-06 is a wonderful cartridge, id have to get a .270 because you can surely get .270's in any podunk town gass station.
    and that is good to know.
     


  3. jjrobo

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    I have a Rem. 700 mountain rifle in 25-06. I have been very happy with it. I went with that because it works well for both varmits and deer (poor college student);Y. I reload and use 117 gr. btsp for deer and 75 gr. v-max for the smaller critters. If I was only going to use it for deer I would go with the 270. Heavier bullets and there is not a whole lot of difference in trajectory within 300 yards. There is also a better selection of factory ammo, if you don't reload.
     
  4. paynter2

    paynter2 It ain't over Millennium Member

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    I shoot a 6mm Rem and just love it. But, if you want something larger, I'd look at a 7mm-08 or .308. 25-06 and .270 are great - you can't go wrong with either one. I just like the shorter case of the .308 based calibers in a bolt action.
     
  5. f1b32oPTic

    f1b32oPTic R4d104c71v3

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    im like you...i love a short bolt travel in a bolt action...
     
  6. Well I do most of my deer hunting with a .44 mag handgun, For a rifle I grab a 30-06.

    But given your choices I'd go for the .270 just because any place that has ammo will have 30-30, 30-06, and .270
     
  7. 270. I think of the 25-06 as a varmint/deer rifle. For a true big game rifle, 270 gives better bullet and load selection.
     
  8. MyGlockRocks

    MyGlockRocks SLABSIDER

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    The 270 and the 30/06 are the same case. Only difference is the neck size. .277 vs .308
    I've loaded thousands of 270 by necking down 30/06 cases. Plus, the 270 pushing a 130 grain bullet will out preform a 30/06 pushing a 150 grain. The 270 will take down any game animal on the North American continent. The 270 Rules!
     
  9. f1b32oPTic

    f1b32oPTic R4d104c71v3

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    so will a 30-06

    but out of the two choices id have to go with the .270 for a long action cartridge...
     
  10. jjrobo

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    I want to add that the 25/06 is the same case as the 30/06 as well. Just necked down to .257. I use both 270 and 30/06 brass if I can get a large quantity cheap.
     
  11. Skyhook

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    Same discussion, different day...

    I am convinced that for the 99.99% of the shooting most of us have done or will do while hunting, the differences between the 30-06, .270, .308, and even a couple others like the 6.5X55, made or will make absolutely no difference at all if the hunter places the shot and his rifle is sighted-in. Just MHO :cool:
     
  12. jjrobo

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    I think Skyhook is right on!

    Shot placement is the key. You have to know the limitations of your rifle and have the patients/ethics to stick to it. That goes for a .243 or a 416 rigby.
     
  13. bbauman

    bbauman Millennium Member

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    Already have a .30-06, 6 of them actually with another on the way. Was just thinking of getting something different.
     
  14. txgolfer45

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    I recently bought the Remington 700 ADL in .270. I added a Leopold VX-I 3-9X40 scope on it. Great combination. Have it zero'ed in. Now I just need to get on a deer lease!

    Scott
     
  15. Skyhook

    Skyhook

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    Quote: "You have to know the limitations of your rifle and have the patients/ethics to stick to it. "

    Aha! I knew this discussion would go somewhere! We are now talking maturity and judgement... now wouldn't it be refreshing if all hunters demonstrated those qualities?

    I'm not trying to change the subject or hijack this thread, but if more hunters were what jjrobo described, I'd be able to safely wear my camo during deer season here in NewYawk. (Pet pieve)
     
  16. podwich

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    Going to have to go with 270-ammo availability.
     


  17. The popular version of 6mm Rem is called .243 Win.
     
  18. Short Cut

    Short Cut PatrioticMember CLM

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    The .270 is more available but also more widely manufactured in a variety of bullet weights. If it's a toss up I'd go .270 but if you are really set on the .25-06 I'd say go for it and just buy ammo in bigger lots.
     
  19. knuckle dragger

    knuckle dragger NSAWC

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    Both are very good deer guns..I think the .270 is better for all around hunting..