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i have been contemplating going hunting out west, colorado for elk. i didn't own a rifle until recently when i got what appeared to be a good deal ($300) for a very nice winchester model 70 xtr featherweight with a 3-9 scope(don't know the make). will this rifle be ok for elk and mule deer? i like the way it shoots. not a lot of recoil. and it is not too heavy, as i only weigh 150#'s. i am not a rifle expert. some comments on the .270 would be appreciated. thank. scott.

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Welcome Gpcinc. I assume the xtr is one of the pre-WSM versions of the Model 70 (I have not heard of a XTR WSM's) so you probably have a standard 270 WIN caliber. In that case you'll want to go with the 150 grain bullets. If you do have a WSM go heavier (180 grain bullets) and you are just fine.

Many elk have been taken with 270's, but some consider them too light. Personally I think you'll be fine if your taking shots within 150 yards (or closer if you can), if not you may want to move to a larger caliber (or a magnum in the same caliber).

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will this be a good rifle for bighorn sheep? thanks. scott.

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yes it is a 270. not a pre 64. nice rifle. i am just curious what game it will be good for?

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gpcinc wrote:
yes it is a 270. not a pre 64. nice rifle. i am just curious what game it will be good for?

With the exception of Brown bears, Polars, Rhinos, Hippos, and Elephants that rifle and caliber is plenty capable of taking any big game animal in most of the world, certainly throughout North America.

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I have not hunted big horn; however seeing as how they are smaller than elk, a 270 should be fine. 270 is fine for deer as well.

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I think you will be fine to take an elk with it, just make sure you pick the right bullet, the 150 gr. bullet like bitmasher said will be good, jut make sure it is a slow expanding bullet, cause elk are tough hided, and thick.

If I was you unless you reload, I would probably try to find some loads with the nosler partition bullet or the failsafe.
I shoot ballistic silver tips in my 2506 for deer and antelope and they would probably work too.
good luck!

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The Model 70 is THE rifle to get.  Just my 2 cents but I think the 270 ought to e PERFECT for sheep and just a tad light (but still useable) for elk.  I'm a 30+ caliber snob, but honestly put a premium bullet in it and that 270 will be fine for everything in North america short of bison, polar and grizzly bear!

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These may be helpful too:  

These may be helpful too:

  model 70 product reviews:

http://www.biggamehunt.net/reviews/winchester-model-70-featherweight-review-part-1

and

http://www.biggamehunt.net/reviews/winchester-model-70-super-grade-review-part-2

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The .270 is a great all

The .270 is a great all arouns caliber.  I have two of them and they both shoot awesome.  I used it for antelope last year and it performed perfectly.  I would not be affraid to use mine on one of my elk hunts, but only if my .338 has issues.

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gpcinc wrote:
i have been contemplating going hunting out west, colorado for elk. i didn't own a rifle until recently when i got what appeared to be a good deal ($300) for a very nice winchester model 70 xtr featherweight with a 3-9 scope(don't know the make). will this rifle be ok for elk and mule deer? i like the way it shoots. not a lot of recoil. and it is not too heavy, as i only weigh 150#'s. i am not a rifle expert. some comments on the .270 would be appreciated. thank. scott.

 

I use the exact same rifle in that caliber for elk.  Do your part as the rifleman and it will serve you well.

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