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.270 Winchester Short Magnum!

A few weeks ago I traded for a Winchester Model 70 Super Shadow chambered in the potent .270 WSM. Really, I went through with the trade because I always wanted a Model 70. But the other part of it was that this is a round that not many people see, use, or even know of, so that too made me instantly attracted to it. Of course I did research before the trade, but I continue to do research and I'm getting more and more impressed. I might even use it for deer all season this year. In my opinion, it seems like the only one of the four WSM cartridges that makes sense having because it really is in a class of it's own, with the closest being the even more rare .270 Weatherby Mag. Bought some Federal 130 grain Trophy Copper to shoot at the range, which I hope is this weekend. So, I'm just looking for anyone who may have experience with this round and what they've done with it. And I know, the good ol .270 Winchester is plenty for any deer on earth but a little extra velocity and energy never hurt anything hehe. Thanks.

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Re: .270 Winchester Short Magnum!

I own a Tikka T3 Lite Stainless in 270 WSM. It is the most accurate big game rifle I own or have ever owned. I have nothing but praise for the cartridge. I killed my best whitetail buck ever with it back in 2010. I handload Nosler 130 Bal-Tips and 140 Accubonds. IMO Winchester certainly got it right with this 270. I have owned several 270 Winchesters over the years. This is the standard 270 just turbo-charged. I think Jack O'Conner would have liked it also.

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Re: .270 Winchester Short Magnum!

Thanks for reminding me, I forgot to mention in the post that most folks that own one and use it seem to have nothing but praise for the cartridge. Thanks and good to know.

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Re: .270 Winchester Short Magnum!

It's almost as good as the 7mm WSM.
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Re: .270 Winchester Short Magnum!

Which is almost as good as the 300 WSM
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Re: .270 Winchester Short Magnum!

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Which is almost as good as the 300 WSM

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Re: .270 Winchester Short Magnum!

I use a 300WSM, and dipped my toes into the 270 Win (not WSM) waters this year again.

The 270WSM compares pretty similarly to the 270Win as the 300WSM does to the 30-06. A bit more speed, a bit more recoil, a bit more powder, etc etc etc.

Are you handloading for this rifle? If not, now would be a great time to learn. While the 7WSM and 325WSM are worst off for brass/ammo selection, the 270 and 300WSM's are still not as widely available as stuff like 30-06's, 270's, and 300WM's.

Getting tooled up to reload BEFORE availability dries up, to me, makes a lot of sense.

For the record, I shoot a fair selection of out-of-the-ordinary cartridges.... 7.5x55, 6.5x55, 30-40 Krag, 35 Whelen, 264WM, 257 Roberts, 300H&H, and others. A good reloading setup, if you aren't already doing it, is something I think you might be wise to consider.

Other than that, I like the WSM's. I have a 300 and it is a sweetheart of a rifle. All my deer rifles, with the exception of a Marlin Guide Gun and a 1917 sporter that was my father's, are Model 70's. They range in age from being produced in 1937 to 2012. They're all good.
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Re: .270 Winchester Short Magnum!

I have a browning x bolt in 270 wsm and love it. I came up with a hand load using 140 gr accubonds. It really pile drives deer and is extremely accurate. Good choice on this caliber. I also have the exact same rifle in 325 wsm. It too is a tack driver but it really packs a punch.
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Re: .270 Winchester Short Magnum!

The 270WSM shooting a 140AB is markedly similar to the 264WM shooting the same weight AB, and that is what I use in my 264. I have mine stoked pretty warm....getting 3230fps for a 140AB out of it. I've killed one deer with it so far, and it was....yeah....wow.
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Re: .270 Winchester Short Magnum!

Thanks for the input, and yes this cartridge being added to the collection is going to make me strongly consider getting a press and dies to reload for the rifle. Only makes sense because it defiantly is not a cheap round for good factory ammo. There is just something about the Model 70's looks it is one of my favorite looking bolt guns. And as a side note, this rifle has one of the nicest quality synthetic stocks I've ever seen on a synthetic rifle.

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