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270 WSM for Elk?

I am planning to go on a hunt to colorado for Elk this yeas and was wondering if a 270 WSM is a good Cal. I own this in a winchester black shadow with a sightron II 3x9x42scope. Is this a good set up for Elk or should I get a bigger cal.? If this Cal. will work what is the max range I could take an Elk with it? Thanks

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Re: 270 WSM for Elk?

I took this one with a .270 WSM in a Winchester M70 Super Shadow. Nice lightweight rig. I've taken elk at 375 and deer at 350 with it and have to assume it would have done the job a lot further than I was capable. That elk was taken with 130 gr Barnes TSX bullets. Full penetration. Just use a good bullet and you'll do fine. Most of my elk were considerably under 200 yards. In fact I'd worry more about being able to take a quick shot than a long shot.

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Re: 270 WSM for Elk?

Nice shot placement EX. and great looking bull. 270WSM is a good all around round, I like wechester supreme ammo for long range shooting.

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Re: 270 WSM for Elk?

I think the 270 WSM should do just fine. I've taken a couple of elk with an old 270 win and 150gr Nosler partitions, so the WSM should work.

Just bought a 270 WSM in December and have not gotten the scope mounted yet. Dealer can't seem to find mounts for a Win model 70. Can't wait to try it out.

Currently have a 300 WSM that I took an Alaskan moose with, one shot, bang flop. Big smile It is my current elk gun, but the area we have been hunting for years, has really declined in the last few years, so no elk with the 300 WSM, yet.

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Re: 270 WSM for Elk?

Give Talley a call, I love their lightweight ring/base combos. Part #930702.

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Re: 270 WSM for Elk?

I've been using that caliber since it came out in 2002. I've shot numerous elk with it.
I use the 140g Barnes TSX over Magpro. Works Great.

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Re: 270 WSM for Elk?

a 270 wsm should do just fine. thats a nice looking bull exbio

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Re: 270 WSM for Elk?

Thanks for all the help!!! Looks like I will be going to Co with my 270 wsm.

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Re: 270 WSM for Elk?

good luck Evil!