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NZ hunter 08-25-2010 01:55 AM

.308win vs .270win
Hi guys I am going to buy a new rifle and it is a toss up between 308 and 270 for deer in New Zealand (e.g- Red deer, fellow, sika etc). I will be taking shots form 15 - 300 yards so what will be best?, My rifle of choice will probally be a tikka T3 or a Remington 700 SPS.

ronn 08-25-2010 04:32 AM

270 would be my choice

Hunting Man 08-25-2010 06:46 AM

I might serious look at the 308. If i can locate a mint Win model 88 in 308 I will fulfill a long dream rifle want. There's is absolutely nothing wrong with the 270 and may be your best choise. Do some ballistic comparisions and fit it into your hunting geographics and game hunting, The 308 could have a slight edg for your applications. You many want to take a quick look at the ren 280 bullit, I think it is really under looked and is a great performer.

WisconsinDeer 08-25-2010 11:51 AM

MY choice would probably be .308. I prefer .30 cal and up for deer hunting. .308 is a very accurate cartridge..I'm not sure about where you live but here you can get very cheap .308 ammo for practice.

BruceBruce1959 08-25-2010 11:57 AM

I'd go with the .270

o1sick7 08-25-2010 12:39 PM

I have seen this thread on 2 other forums. But I will have to say it again. The .308 has the edge for 1 reason. There are a lot more match grade bullet company's out here for them. The .270 is mainly a hunting round. As the .308 is more versital. Go from the field to the range and drive tacs. My .270 will shoot under 1in at 100. But with hand loads I can get 5/8' but most .308 can do this from the factory.

ronn 08-25-2010 01:06 PM

for a hunting caliber i would prefer the flater shooting without a real loss of energy, compared to the 308 win, of the 270. i've shot the m14 308 win a 1000 yards but perfer the 06 for such a detale. for hunting i want a round that is hold on for as much distance as possible. another reason th 06 is still the king imo

onehorse 08-25-2010 02:57 PM

There is so little practical/performance difference with those calibers that your choice really won't make any difference in the success or failure of your hunting. Both those rifles are equally good bets too. I happen to own a Tikka T3 Lite and I love it, but I consider myself a Remington man having owned many. For the money, the Tikka gets my vote and it is super accurate right out of the box, but, on the other hand, I just came from the rifle range, and I shot a sub-one-minute group with my Remington Model 7 (300WSM) at 300 yards! Seems to me you just can't go wrong with any combination of these calibers and these rifles. Those red deer had better watch out!

Predator 08-25-2010 11:58 PM

Although I would love to have a .270, if I had to choose it would be hands down .308.

Reason, Any caliber that has been adopted by the military receives preferential consideration. availability of cheap ammo and brass for reloading and the abundance of choices in this case of 30 cal bullets make this one an easy one.

NZ hunter 08-26-2010 12:44 AM

I have just found the stevens 200 for a really good price with a BSA Deer hunter 3-9x40 scope would this be a good choice for my first rifle.

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