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    Rem 700 Caliber Choice

    I’m looking for some thoughts on using either my Rem. 700 in .270 Win or .30-06 Spr. for longer range whitetail hunting out to 400-500 in open fields. At those ranges is one caliber going to be better? I understand bullet weight, manufacturer, barrel length, and ballistics plays a big factor, so I’m looking for in general is one caliber going to more accurate, or have better performance on deer at those distances. I have a Remington 700 in each of those calibers and was going to try to set one of them up for longer range hunting and target shooting with my buddies out to maybe 600 yards.

    I was always told that the .270 would be better for long range because it would shoot flatter but the .30-06 would have more knock down power, but after reading several things online there does not seem to be as much of a difference out to 500 yards as I thought. Is this correct or am not understanding the data? Also, in this situation would you choose the .270 or .30-06. I understand there are going to better calibers for this situation but if I can do what I want with the I have I would prefer that.


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    First thing you need to check is what twist rate you have do in each barrel / caliber. Next, do you want better accuracy or more knock down power and last do you want a bigger range of yardages where you will be close without a lot of hold over / under etc.

    An 1873 Trap Door Springfield in .45-70 can Lob a 305 grain projectile into a small target area at 1,000 yards, but at a few yard before or after may be way off. The flatter shooting .270 can do better than the .30 caliber. For knock down power, you need to match bullet weight and design to the barrel twist an length. Depending on what you have you might get the same muzzle energy when considering velocity times mass or each.

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    I own rifles in both 270 Win and 30-06. I just bought my first Remington 700, a BDL in 25-06. I'm really excited about it as a long range deer/antelope rifle. It's topped with a Leupold VXII 3-9x.

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    I always liked the .25-06. It is not a popular caliber in long range target shooting only because there is a lack of custom .25 caliber projectiles.

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    One of my favorites for deer and antelope hunting is my 700 CDL SF in .257 Wby Mag ,always spectacular results using it.


 

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