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i am new here and was wondeirng if someone can point me or explain to me which gun is stronger..i am just trying to see what my 270 compares to...I mainly hunt moose and deer and just wasnt sure if my 270 would be strong enough..

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Fine for deer, a little small for moose. IMO

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Yep. Plenty for deer with just about any round you can buy. For moose, you need to stick to the heavy end on bullets and should probably get something like the Hornady "Light Magnum" loads if they're available for the .270.

In reality, though, this is one of those situations where, if you have to ask then the answer is "no." That is, if you're not comfortable enough with the rifle to feel confident using it on moose without having to ask then you probably shouldn't.

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Your 270 is fine for both moose and deer. Just be sure to use a150 grain bullet.
Now if you are or intend to reload, we can increase the performance by 20-25 % in a heartbeat or should I say 3100 fps
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thanks guys..i heard it was rated almost as the 30-06..so i wasnt sure..

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It is basically a 30-06 casing necked down to a 270 bullet so what you heard is basically right.

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.270 Win is actually based on the older .30-03 springfield necked down to accept .277 diameter bullet. It has better sectional density in 150 gr than a .30-06 150 gr does.

Just because you have to ask, or are in doubt, doesn't mean that the answer to your question is no.

With the exception of grizzlies and polar bears the .270 Win is very well capable of cleanly hunting any big game animal in N. America, and many other parts of the world, and has done so since 1925.

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WesternHunter wrote:
.270 Win is actually based on the older .30-03 springfield necked down to accept .277 diameter bullet.

We'll have to agree to disagree on this one. All the 270 I have measured have identical demensions as a 30-06 round and commercially it is much easier to produce 270 rounds by necking 30-06 casings as compared to 30-03 casings which are in very short supply.

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I believe that the only difference between the 30-03 and the 30-06 was the weight of the bullet. The 30-03 had a 220gr bullet and the 30-06 a 150gr bullet. Hard to remember and I'm trying out my memory here. The 280 Rem is basically the same case but a shade longer in the neck to keep it from chambering in a 270 chamber.

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Well we can't really agree to disagree on this. There are appropriate demensions and specs layed out for each cartidge, they are well published and available for anyone. I reload for .270 Win regularly and have reloaded for .30-06 in the past, and use factory brass for each. There is a difference in case length per specs for each cartridge. In .270 the case is not to exceed .2.540", for the .30-06 the case is not to exceed 2.494". Just consult a reloading manual on this one that shows both cartidges specs.

ChesterGolf, the .270's you've measured can be trimmed to the same shorter length as the .30-06, but those .30-06 cases can't be as long as the .270 win specs call for and still safely chamber. All the commercial brass in .270 I've measured has been between 2.530 inches to a bit over 2.540 inches and need to be trimmed to spec of 2.530 inches

What we can agree on is that it is safe to neck down a .30-06 case to accept a .277" bullet and safely fire it in a .270 chamber. It's common practice for some folks to do this because the .30-06 brass is shorter according to spec and safe to fire in a .270 Win chamber when necked down.

In addition to bullet weight being different, the brass case length was not the same between the .30-03 and .30-06 either. The .30-03 was longer than .30-06. Just consult a cartridge book or reloading manual.

In fact it is a misconception that the .270 winchester was derived from the .30-06. It was not, and could not have been as the .30-06 is older and shorter, and the .270 is newer and longer. The case for the .270 Win was based on a longer necked down .30-03 brass case. The confusion come from some reloaders necking down and using .30-06 brass in .270 since it's very readily available and no one that I'm aware of has produced .30-03 brass for quite sometime.

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Hmm, I did not know this. I have always thought that the 270 was part of the 30-06 brass family including the 338-06 and the 35 Wheelen. Looks like I was wrong (second time this year eye roll {joke, only a joke}).

Back to BigDawg99 question. I am kind of confused as to what we are compairing the 270 to???

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