I've talked to two guys recently who have told me they believe as far as bolt guns go the .270 is more common in the PA woods than the .30-06. I was at two gun shops on Saturday and I noticed more .270's on the racks there as well. Is it possible the .270 is the best seller here in PA at least in bolt guns? Also with ammo cost and availability being exactly the same between the .30-06 and the .270 is there any reason to choose the .30-06 anymore? No guide I've seen wants to see either one in Grizzly camp and I recently spoke with a BC moose guide who said that he's been a part of around 125 Moose kills and said he hasn't noticed a difference in killing potential in cartridges from .270 to .338 Win mag. He said the only cartridges he's seen a real difference in are from 35 Whelen and up. So the question is, does the .30-06 hold much of an advantage over the .270 anymore? In sales and practicality?
SOMEONE IS TELLING YOU STORIES OR THEIR SMOKING SOMETHING THEY SHOULDN'T...the .270 is a great cartridge, BUT it's not taking over and never will, just like all the rest....If I were to vote on the most popular, I say in Cambria and Clearfield Co. it would be the 30/06 Gamemaster, seems I see more of those tha anythig else..the bolt guns, a lot of 7mm Rem Mags floating around out there.
270 seems like the cartridge of NC....most everyone I've talked to hunts with one...
They are so close in performance, its a toss....3006 imo has the edge due to slighlty bigger diameter and more versatility...125-220 grain bullets off the top of my head...don't think anything that big is made in .277...but I don't know for sure...
I do know most guys that hunt with one typically dislike the other for no real reason lol....
the only thing that is taking over in PA is stink bugs.
The 270 has always been more popular west of the Missisippi, with the '06 king of the east.
Reason is western shooting is much longer range and the 130 silvertip was great and flat shooting. In the east (right or wrong) folks like BIG bullets. and we are really a deer hunting society.
Guides are smart...they want you to shoot what you shoot best. If you show up in grizzly camp with a 270 they figure that you could afford anything with the cost of the hunt, and the only reason that a dude would come with a 270 would be he was recoil shy of a big gun. Same with moose.
Actually, figuring deer hunter days in the woods, the 30-30 still rules PA.
I have 5 270's in the gun case and only 1 30-06. Most of my hunting party and a good majority of friends I hunt with use the 8-270's then 5-243's then 1-30-06 as far as what my group uses. Not kickin down the 30-06. Just sayin what is used by us.
SOMEONE IS TELLING YOU STORIES OR THEIR SMOKING SOMETHING THEY SHOULDN'T...the .270 is a great cartridge,
Give me a hit of that, brotha!...The 270, I believe, is not a rifle that many start out with, but that many "graduate" to after being bored with other guns...I wanted something suited to groundhogs, deer,in both the woods and across fields, and the 270 just seemed to fit..As time went on, I ended up shooting bears with it too...Never had a problem.I'd love to say it will replace the 30-06, but it will never happen because the '06 is so entrenched in peoples minds, especially folks who don't know much about hunting and are just casual weekend hunters (which are the majority).......Nothing wrong with that!