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#6093470 - 12/20/15 02:28 PM 7mm-08 vs .270
themoonrulz Offline
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Registered: 11/12/12
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Hey fellas I'm planning on purchasing a new tikka and want to get y'all's opinions. I've done a lot of research on the .270 and the 7mm-08 but I'm torn. I've owned a 270 and it was great.

I'm looking for:
1) accuracy
2) power
3) range

The gun will be used mostly for deer/hogs but eventually I want to be able to use it for elk/mule deer.

I don't reload so bullet cost and availability comes into consideration as well. I appreciate y'alls input!!!
Which gun
Only one choice allowed


Votes accepted starting: 12/20/15 02:27 PM
View the results of this poll.
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#6093481 - 12/20/15 02:39 PM Re: 7mm-08 vs .270 [Re: themoonrulz]
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I have both, load for both and love both.

For the ranges I hunt (400 yds. and under) I use them interchangeably.

To be fair however, my go-to is a T3 .30-'06 with my 165 grain handloads.

They ALL do the job well.

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#6093490 - 12/20/15 02:45 PM Re: 7mm-08 vs .270 [Re: themoonrulz]
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Because you said accuracy, power, range, mule deer and elk, I have to go with .30-06 from the choices you listed. Long action holding more powder, pushing a higher BC, heavier bullet than the rest of the options. And you not being a hand loader, the .30-06 has a gigantic list of ammo options for you to try. I'd stick with the 180 gr. bullet area. I don't know what kind of range you are talking about, but that can get into a whole other discussion on proper optics.

This will go on for several pages, and many people will throw out lots of other cartridge suggestions, but I stuck with the list you gave.
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#6093514 - 12/20/15 03:10 PM Re: 7mm-08 vs .270 [Re: themoonrulz]
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JG's right on the money.
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#6093553 - 12/20/15 03:36 PM Re: 7mm-08 vs .270 [Re: themoonrulz]
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I also agree with JG and RR.
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#6093557 - 12/20/15 03:44 PM Re: 7mm-08 vs .270 [Re: FiremanJG]
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Originally Posted By: FiremanJG
Because you said accuracy, power, range, mule deer and elk, I have to go with .30-06 from the choices you listed. Long action holding more powder, pushing a higher BC, heavier bullet than the rest of the options. And you not being a hand loader, the .30-06 has a gigantic list of ammo options for you to try. I'd stick with the 180 gr. bullet area. I don't know what kind of range you are talking about, but that can get into a whole other discussion on proper optics.

This will go on for several pages, and many people will throw out lots of other cartridge suggestions, but I stuck with the list you gave.


I voted for the 270 because I have that caliber and love it. But if you are serious about chasing elk with it then I'd go 30-06, 270 will prob work, but I like 30 cal holes in large animals
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#6093640 - 12/20/15 04:56 PM Re: 7mm-08 vs .270 [Re: themoonrulz]
brennansgrandpa Offline
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You can drop down in bullet size to make the 30 caliber feel like the 270, but the 270 will never give you the ft/lbs of energy you need for a big animal like an elk. 30 is the right choice.

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#6093662 - 12/20/15 05:09 PM Re: 7mm-08 vs .270 [Re: brennansgrandpa]
txtrophy85 Offline
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Originally Posted By: brennansgrandpa
You can drop down in bullet size to make the 30 caliber feel like the 270, but the 270 will never give you the ft/lbs of energy you need for a big animal like an elk. 30 is the right choice.


You know how many elk have been killed with a .270?
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#6093672 - 12/20/15 05:17 PM Re: 7mm-08 vs .270 [Re: txtrophy85]
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How many have been killed with a .30-06?

And so it begins....
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#6093685 - 12/20/15 05:20 PM Re: 7mm-08 vs .270 [Re: themoonrulz]
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And how many whitetail that have been killed with a 223?

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#6093700 - 12/20/15 05:31 PM Re: 7mm-08 vs .270 [Re: themoonrulz]
themoonrulz Offline
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Haha I'm not trying to start a flame war but I honestly just want to know what my best option is if I'm going to buy a nice rifle top it with a nice scope.

I pondered the 30-06 but I've heard that it's a relatively inaccurate round when compared to .270/7mm-08/308. At least that's what some of the old fellas at the lease told me. If anyone can vouch for the accuracy of a Tikka T3 in 30-06 than that may be the route of I have go.

Again, I do apperciate everyone's input. I've lost some sleep over this. sleep
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#6093710 - 12/20/15 05:35 PM Re: 7mm-08 vs .270 [Re: FiremanJG]
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Originally Posted By: FiremanJG
How many have been killed with a .30-06?

And so it begins....
probably about like how many wt have been killed with .223 cheers
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#6093711 - 12/20/15 05:36 PM Re: 7mm-08 vs .270 [Re: themoonrulz]
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The accuracy thing is a fantasy. In target rifles, there is a real and theoretical advantage to short, fat cartridges as pioneered by the 6mm PPC. In a hunting rifle, too many other factors take precedence. The Tikka, in any of the available cartridges, will shoot better than you can.
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#6093716 - 12/20/15 05:39 PM Re: 7mm-08 vs .270 [Re: jeepercreeper]
txtrophy85 Offline
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Originally Posted By: jeepercreeper
And how many whitetail that have been killed with a 223?


7 or 8 at least
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#6093727 - 12/20/15 05:46 PM Re: 7mm-08 vs .270 [Re: themoonrulz]
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Educate me...I have a 270 and 3030.

There is talk a 270 is not big enough for an elk. I read another topic about 30/30 for elk and everyone on that topic thought a 30/30 was great for elk.

I would rather shoot a deer with my 270 than my 30/30.............

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