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270 vs 30-06: The Big Game Hunting Caliber Showdown

Old 11-11-2021, 09:24 PM
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Default 270 vs 30-06: The Big Game Hunting Caliber Showdown

When it comes to hunting big game, itís hard to ignore the 270 Winchester and 30-06 Springfield. Both cartridges see extensive use during rifle hunting season and are the bane of North American whitetail, mule deer, feral hogs, antelope, and elk.

Thereís no denying that the 270 Win and the 30-06 are great cartridges that offer a wide range of bullet weights, allowing shooters to tailor their hunting rifle to take on varmints up to black bears.

And although each cartridge has its own merits, hunting forums across the Internet are ablaze with heated debate over which one is the best choice for their next bolt-action rifle.

First Shots: 270 Win vs 30-06 Springfield

Which is going to work better for You? Do you need the knockdown power of heavier bullets fired from the 30-06? Or does a flatter shooting 270 Win fit your hunting cartridge needs?

In this article, we will objectively compare the 270 Win and the 30-06 Springfield to give you all the data youíll need to make the best choice on your next bolt action hunting rifle.

Cartridge Specs

When you begin comparing two cartridges, it is good practice to start by examining the case itself.

Looking at the 270 Win vs 30-06 cases, we notice that both cartridges descended from the .30-03 rifle round, which we will learn about later in the history sections below. This means that both hunting cartridges will be very similar.

When you begin comparing two cartridges, it is good practice to start by examining the case itself.

Looking at the 270 Win vs 30-06 cases, we notice that both cartridges descended from the .30-03 rifle round, which we will learn about later in the history sections below. This means that both hunting cartridges will be very similar.

There are only three major differences between the .270 Win and the 30-06, the bullet diameter each cartridge fires, their neck diameter, and the SAMMI max pressure rating.

The 270 Winchester fires a .277Ē diameter bullet while its larger brother fires a .308Ē diameter bullet. Simply put, the 270 Winchester is a necked-down version of the .30-03.

As the case capacity between the two is virtually identical, it makes sense that the 270 Win would have a higher maximum pressure as we are shooting smaller projectiles with the same powder charge. This will naturally lead to higher pressures.

Recoil

Recoil impulse is always something to consider when selecting which caliber you want for your new hunting rifle.

As the case capacity for both the 270 Win and the 30-06 is nearly identical, felt recoil energy is going to be dependent on two factors: rifle weight and bullet weight.

A heavier rifle will typically impart less recoil onto your shoulder, the same can be said for lighter-weight bullets.

Internet forums will often state that recoil is not a huge consideration for big game hunting as the shooter will typically only fire one shot. Generally, Iíd agree. However, there is the occasion where a follow-up shot is needed. In that case, Iíd want a cartridge with less recoil to help me get back on target quicker.

When it comes to 30-06 and 270 Winchester, the 30-06 is going to have higher recoil. How much you ask? The difference is not as great as you would think.

On average, the 30-06 will generate 25 ft-lbs of recoil energy while the 270 Winchester will slap your shoulder with 20 ft-lbs force. Although the 270 Win does have less recoil, itís nothing like a 223 Rem!

Shooters will often report that the recoil impulse is different between the two cartridges. Hunters will often describe the 270 as having a sharper more defined recoil and the 30-06 having a rolling recoil impulse throughout the firing process.

Although this is not exactly quantifiable, it is a trend you will discover if you like reading shooting forums or talking about rifle cartridges around the fire at deer camp.

Regardless, the 270 Winchester has less recoil energy and will be a better choice for an inexperienced shooter or one with a smaller frame.

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Unless you are shooting a semi automatic, I don’t think one acquires the target any faster than the other. Many hunting rifles are bolt action, so working the bolt will take you off target for a second or two.

I also think there are many more factors regarding recoil. Does the rifle have a muzzle break? How heavy is it? Weight can absorb energy more than light rifles.

I have always been a big a big fan of the 30-06 because of the large selection of bullet weights available.

Best of luck . . .
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I didn't see a compelling argument made either way. Both cartridges are excellent for big game.
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I didn't see a compelling argument made either way. Both cartridges are excellent for big game.
Exactly the conclusion anyone ought to draw from this endless essay!
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30.06 just nothing more effective ....proof is in the pudding !

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DD it is good to see you back on the forum!

Nothing more versatile than the '06. I'll agree on that point!

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Jake thank you its kinda cool being back after a 7 year layoff and its nice to be remembered ...I hope your staying healthy and have a great hunting season!

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Jake thank you its kinda cool being back after a 7 year layoff and its nice to be remembered ...I hope your staying healthy and have a great hunting season!

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I was probably 14 or 15 when you shot that big buck on your profile picture. I dreamed of bucks like that after seeing it! Still love those heavy, massive bucks.

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May be some lies mixed in.

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