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#6353871 - 06/30/16 07:34 PM .270 long range rifle
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Why don't you see any .270 Long range guns?

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#6353921 - 06/30/16 07:58 PM Re: .270 long range rifle [Re: A2B]
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Really bullet selection relative to BC and Speed. Just not as many good options. I will say though the 270WSM can be a beast We have killed plenty of whitetail over 800 with the 140 and the 150 LRAB
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#6353927 - 06/30/16 08:00 PM Re: .270 long range rifle [Re: A2B]
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I'm guessing available twist rate for barrels. Most .270 Win. rifles that I've seen have a 1 in 10" twist. To take advantage of a longer, heavier bullet I'd assume you'd need a bit faster twist like a 1 in 9" or 8".
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#6353962 - 06/30/16 08:29 PM Re: .270 long range rifle [Re: A2B]
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Up until last year the BC was easily beaten by the 6.5 mm and the 7mm, each bracket either side of the .277". Berger came out with a high BC .277 bullet, and barrel makers are going to have to catch up, and build the twist to stabilize it.

In my opinion the only people that will be interested in it are those that have a stockpile of 270 brass. Everyone else might as well go with the tried and true 6.5 mm or 7 mm, same as always. The 280 Rem, or 280 Ackley Improved is on the same action as the 270, but will produce better external ballistics, again, same as always.
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#6354025 - 06/30/16 09:23 PM Re: .270 long range rifle [Re: A2B]
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I like my .270's. They're about perfect for what I use them for which is hunting deer and hogs within 350 yards. I very seldom ever take a shot over 250 yards, most are 150 and under.

Anything farther, I like my 7mm-08.
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#6354030 - 06/30/16 09:26 PM Re: .270 long range rifle [Re: A2B]
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I put a 270 Winchester together a couple of years a go with a 1 in 10 Brux barrel. My go to bullet has become the Berger 140 VLD and has been nothing short of fantastic. Scope is a 4.5x30 Bushnell 6500.



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#6354039 - 06/30/16 09:32 PM Re: .270 long range rifle [Re: 30378]
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Originally Posted By: 30378
I put a 270 Winchester together a couple of years a go with a 1 in 10 Brux barrel. My go to bullet has become the Berger 140 VLD and has been nothing short of fantastic. Scope is a 4.5x30 Bushnell 6500.






Good looking rifle.

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#6354043 - 06/30/16 09:35 PM Re: .270 long range rifle [Re: A2B]
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Heck yes! Nice rig. up
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#6354045 - 06/30/16 09:35 PM Re: .270 long range rifle [Re: A2B]
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Some calibers are good for long range and others fall short. Some calibers are good for hunting and others fall short. I think the 270win falls into the good hunting caliber, capable at longer than usual hunting distances but not a capable long range caliber. I love my 270 for hunting, and have total faith in it out to 300 yards on white tail with ammo of my choice.
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#6354064 - 06/30/16 09:52 PM Re: .270 long range rifle [Re: BigPig]
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270 is capable at "long range". NRA designates 600 yards, and beyond, as "long range". 600 isn't that big of a deal, we sent subsonic .308 Win to 500 today, and got repeated hits. But there are simply better options than the 270 to shoot 600+.
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#6354070 - 06/30/16 09:57 PM Re: .270 long range rifle [Re: A2B]
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If you look at the ballistics, a 270 Win with a 135 SMK (or Berger VLD's) has less drop and less wind drift than a 308 does with 175 SMK. So, it can easily be used as a long range caliber. But.... There are not that many match grade bullet options. I learned to shoot long range with a 270. Why- because it's what I had and people said it wouldn't work. So I made it work, and work very well with a 135 SMK running about 2950 fps, which is not that fast. Also, it is a long action round with a long neck. If you run a long action, there are better long action calibers than a 270 with higher BC and heavier bullets.
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#6354400 - 07/01/16 09:24 AM Re: .270 long range rifle [Re: A2B]
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It seems as though once a bore diameter has been originated and adopted, it is basically stuck with whatever twist rate it is born with---generally speaking. I think that's applicable to the .25s and .27s. They were popularized during the age of the express rifle. The 6.5s, 7s, and .30 calibers came about in a different age.
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#6354412 - 07/01/16 09:31 AM Re: .270 long range rifle [Re: A2B]
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I'm contemplating a semi-custom 270 in the near future but not necessarily geared towards long range shooting. I have a bunch of 270 brass Ive saved over the years so it makes sense for me. I like the fact that it's not a tactical/trendy/sexy round so it's super easy to find ammo and components in stock. I'm thinking about a Tikka action with Krieger barrel and Iota stock.

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#6354439 - 07/01/16 09:42 AM Re: .270 long range rifle [Re: RiverRider]
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Originally Posted By: RiverRider
It seems as though once a bore diameter has been originated and adopted, it is basically stuck with whatever twist rate it is born with---generally speaking. I think that's applicable to the .25s and .27s. They were popularized during the age of the express rifle. The 6.5s, 7s, and .30 calibers came about in a different age.


I think that's right.
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#6354528 - 07/01/16 10:49 AM Re: .270 long range rifle [Re: jeepercreeper]
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Originally Posted By: jeepercreeper
I'm contemplating a semi-custom 270 in the near future but not necessarily geared towards long range shooting. I have a bunch of 270 brass Ive saved over the years so it makes sense for me. I like the fact that it's not a tactical/trendy/sexy round so it's super easy to find ammo and components in stock. I'm thinking about a Tikka action with Krieger barrel and Iota stock.


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