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Whats a better caliber for hunting white-tailed deer, 30-06 or .270?

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  • Whats a better caliber for hunting white-tailed deer, 30-06 or .270?

    Whats a better caliber for hunting white-tailed deer, 30-06 or .270?

  • #2
    A 30-06 is better for deer hunting with 150 to 180 grain. A .270 is a good gun for deer hunting to but not as powerful as a 30-06. Do you have a 30-06 or .270? Is it scoped?

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    • #3
      try numrich.com

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      • #4
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        • #5
          I wouldn't want to buy guns/parts online. i rather buy a gun from an ad in the paper or a gun store as long as they don't register your gun

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          • #6
            I've only hunted black tail but the .270 with a good scope was sufficient. Shot placement is key of course and proper ammunition makes a big difference.

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            • #7
              got that rite squirrelgirl both calibers work but you could use the 30-06 for deer to bear to moose just depends on the ammo and grain

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              • #8
                I have hunted deer with my 270 for years and my dad has hunted with his 30-06 for much longer. both guns are awesome guns. It really comes down to how far do u need to shoot normally. The 270 wins in long range accuracy but 30-06 wins in knock down power.

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                • #9
                  diddo dhopper!
                  I would add that a 30-06 is very capable of terrific accuracy at 400 yards. I have killed several deer at 350-375 and practiced on groundhogs out to 400. Just don't be a fraid of a little hold-over. Beyond that I can not say.

                  .270 shoots much flatter.

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                  • #10
                    You can't go wrong either way and i agree with both of you dhopper and DEER30

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                    • #11
                      Either will work. As for long range accuracy, how many 270s have been used in 1000 meter competitions?

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                      • #12
                        Both great cartridges! I would say the .30-06 will be slightly better in heavy timber hunting and the .270 will be slightly better in open country (prairie and bean-field) hunting. The 30-06 is the most versatile in that it does both very well with different bullets but not by much. My favorite deer cartridge is the 25-06 because of its speed and knock down power. It gives up a little to the the other two in heavy timber but it smacks 'em like a 7mm Rem in the open without the recoil.

                        You can't go wrong with any of these so get what you like. I want to be able to hit running deer, consider 500 yards a reasonable range, don't like tracking cripples and detest recoil so its the 25-06 for me. The .270 meets all these except recoil and the 30-06 fails on recoil, is weakest on running deer and 500 yard reliability.

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                        • #13
                          Which ever one you're more accurate with.

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                          • #14
                            At typical whitetail ranges you will be hard put to see any difference in performance between a well placed .130 - 150 gr .270 and a well placed 150 - 180 gr. .30-06. I shoot antelope which are the size of whitetails with both .270 and .30-06 and either puts meat on the ground. As with any hunting it is all about shot placement regardless of caliber, so I agree with bass bomber and return the point to him that someone took away +1

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                            • #15
                              I have a .270 and hunt in some heavier timber and it gets the job done. A 30-06 does have more knockdown but the flat shooting of the .270 is what made my decision.

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