if i had to choose i would go the 30-06 it's cheaper ammo and has longer barrel life and if your only going to be shooting shorter ranges you would be wasting the 270 wsm's long range ability
I have to go with the .308 if I am using the scope. And my trusty Winchester 94 has never failed me in the brush at close range.thornblom said:I have used all of the calibers listed above, plus .300 Savage, .250-3000 Savage, .223 Remington, .25-06, .30-30 wcf, .32 Winchester Special, 7x30 Improved, 7mm Remington Mag, and .270 wcf. Of them all, I prefer the .270 wcf because the .270 and I have a long past and it works great for me with 130 grain bullets at 3000 ft/sec.
Dave (Bubba) Thornblom
a300fe1 said:You already have a perfect round, the .308. Why change? If it is used to kill people out to 1,000 yards, Why not deer? People put too much thought into all the "caliber games". It just doesn't matter that much, all the calibers above .22 will easily kill deer sized game. A friend of mine in Colorado used his .243 to take 11 elk and never had one run off after being hit.
THERE IS NOTHING WRONG,WITH ANOTHER GUN!!! IF YOU THINK YOU HAVE TOO MANY?.......WHATHotshot said:a300fe1 said:You already have a perfect round, the .308. Why change? If it is used to kill people out to 1,000 yards, Why not deer? People put too much thought into all the "caliber games". It just doesn't matter that much, all the calibers above .22 will easily kill deer sized game. A friend of mine in Colorado used his .243 to take 11 elk and never had one run off after being hit.
I have a 6mm Rem that has dropped many deer also. My .308 is for killing paper, Im getting a new gun for killing deer. I dont have a 30-06, and have heard a lot of people sing its praises all my life, so I figured, why not?
AMEN TO THAT, AND GOD BLESS THE U.S.A AND THE N.R.A.!a300fe1 said:Well you are certainly correct about that! Didn't mean to suggest not buying another rifle, but if Hotshot buys another .308 it will be easier on the cost of equipment. Hell, just buy one of every caliber rifle, I guess that's the answer for all of us Rem 700 people. I know if I was filthy rich I would buy one rifle of every caliber made in the 700 "Classic" series. I did see one time on Gun Broker where a guy was selling the entire collection of 700 "Classics", one of every caliber offered. He was asking $18,000.00 for it. I think he might have ended up splitting the collection up. Better buy now before the three stooges (Barry, Harry, and Nancy) get their way!!!!!!
I love the .280 and I concur,great round underrated,but one of the most common rounds forstex shooter said:I will go against the grain in the modern hunting world. You do not need a magnum to kill a deer. Shorter barrel life, sore shoulders, and a waste of powder are a few reasons to stay away from the hard kicking magnums. That said, I do have a 7mm mag. and it is a great rifle and I do hunt deer with it, but it stays home more and more.
For close work in brush I love my model 94 30-30 open sights. In short action I like the .243, 7mm-08, 7x57, and .308.
In a long action the 25-06, .270, .280( I think the .280 is a much more versatile caliber than the .270), and the venerable 30-06.
Good luck in narrowing it down and picking your new hunting rifle. Whatever it is, post pics and good luck on getting back in the woods. Remember an accurate, dependable rifle and proper shot placement put more game on the table than the caliber alone. Get something you'll enjoy shooting.