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from Josh Sullivan on 03.03.09
I am a young hunter who prefers a more level shot. I also only hunt whitetails and plan to do some elk hunting in the future. My gun is a 270, my father in law uses a 30 06 he prefers a heavier bullet because we live in and hunt in a area were thickets are thick and likes a bullet that will not go go off course do to hitting a branch. Both of us has never had to use more then one shot to bring down white tail. and both of us rarley miss a shot. Soi would say the better gun would be the one that feels best and cost less.
For the average deer hunter the .270 is awful hard to beat. Antelope, goat, sheep, caribou, musk ox and deer are taylor made for the .270. For animals the size of elk and moose the 30-06 can use heavier bullets but the .270 can handle them just fine with 150 or the newer 160 spitzer bullets. It has been used to good effect many times on interior grizzley as well. Both are in the "all around caliber" catagory for hunting in America.
I personally have a model 7 '06 I use it for anything from deer up to elk including bear. I woul use a 30'06 over a 270 any day. because its more versatile, you can use if for pretty much any game here in america. Even some game in africa. The guns got enough punch if you have the correct shot placement.
a 270 is an odd round first f all there kinda high on ammunition"even though every thing is"and secondly not to many people have them 3006 are cheap a good round there ammunition is dirt cheap and there good for all types of people but if you are hunting for smaller game go with the 270 if your hunting with alittle bigger game you might go with a bigger calaber like a 3006
30-06 drops like a rock. 270 is one of the flattest shooting.
I have both a .270 and a .30-06. I have killed deer and elk with my .270 mostly because, thanks to Jim Carmichael's article written, oh maybe 20-25 years ago,(I know I had hair when I read it) I have my gun zeroed in to shoot 2.75 inches high at 100 yds. At 174 yds I am at 3" above line of sight and dead on around 245-249 yds. When it get out to 296 yds I hit 3" below line of sight. That is pretty much 300 yards with a point blank 6" window. I am shooting 150 gr Hornady with a muzzle velocity 3000 to 3100 fps. You can't do that with a 30-06 because it loses too much energy too fast and with its trajectory you will be lucky to get out to 250 yds with the 6" window.
So I shoot .270. I know lots of people who love their .30-06 and God bless them. We each have what we love and we can all get along.
You're opening Pandora's box asking that question. Honestly it's a choice between something good and something good. Differences are minimal to the average shooter, but the .270 is a touch faster while the .06 carries energy for a longer distance.
Both are great rifles for big game. They are almost ballistically identical when shooting the same ammunition/bullet weight and type. The 30-06 does have a much wider range of bullet weights and types available in commercial ammo. If you want to use a bullet bigger than 150 gr. you'll need to go to go with the 30-06 for commercial ammo. For hunting in the lower 48 states either one is a good choice, unless you want to hunt moose, then you'll need the 30-06. Personally, I have a 30-06 and my son uses a .270. Both drop deer and elk equally well.
The .270 is a good rifle for big game that still has a fairly flat trajectory. I know a lot of people who elk hunt with them with no trouble. The 30-06 i agree would be a superior gun if you want it for anything larger than an elk, like moose for instance although I don't doubt that a 270 could take one down.
The 30-06 is a better overall rifle. It can take down any animal in North America.
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