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Old January 11th, 2017, 07:54 PM   #1
 
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Punching paper .270 or .308?

For target shooting .270 or .308? I understand the .270 is a flat shot and preferred hunting round but I see most prefer .308 for targets. Clue me in if you can.



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Old January 11th, 2017, 08:12 PM   #2
 
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.308 is a shorter action, so shorter bolt throw, cheaper practice ammo, probably longer barrel life, more efficient out of a shorter barrel, less powder to reload...308 is also more tacticool. Probably other reasons.....but there are a few to start you out.
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Do you reload? .308 is a piece of cake to reload. I use Sierra 150gn projectiles for general range work and can be a good hunting rnd as well.
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thanks I'm leaning .308 because that's exactly what I have been learning!
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.308 is the way to go....tons of data on the round
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Yeah I also noticed my local Walmart is always stocked with .270 but often out of .308. Now I dont't buy my rounds there, but it speaks to popularity.
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The 270 is a great round....BUT the 308 is inherently more accurate all other things being equal
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.30 caliber has many times more bullet selection than .270.
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Old January 12th, 2017, 05:29 AM   #9
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Do you reload? .308 is a piece of cake to reload. I use Sierra 150gn projectiles for general range work and can be a good hunting rnd as well.
thinking of reloading .308 myself, ran the numbers with my 13yr old sidekick last night, we came to around $0.25 per round, assuming we wont recover brass and re-use. (we may, but i wanted to see the high side cost)

we run Tulamo 150gr steel case now and its going around $0.40 per round with shipping.... we shoot a fair amount of it, plus i'd like to learn reloading...

does the $0.25 per round for 150gr FMJ with a typical load seem right?
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The .270 is a necked down .30-06, so will have more recoil than the .308. As much as I like .270 win for hunting, I'd go with the .308 for a more pleasurable shooting experience and a wider variety of ammo in all varieties. Plus, the bullet options for .308 presents a wider range of weights and types. You can tune that thing all year long with different loadings.
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You can't go wrong with .308 for target. Decades of police and military use, EVERYBODY makes a precision rifle in .308, and as previously mentioned there are supplies and formulas a-plenty for them. As for the differences between .270 and .308..... out to 500 yards there isn't enough difference to really argue about IMHO. After that, however, I think that the 30-06's little brother might carry little better. We have plenty of shooters here whacking steel out to 1000yds with .308. Good reloads and a plethora of ballistic info make it possible.
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Good Info Friends!
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As much of a .270 fan as I am, for punching paper, a 308 is hard to beat, by the short action alone is stiffer, so should be more accurate. I would look at the heavy barrels, the Remington 5R if you can find one. They only make so many available to the public in .223,.308, 300 win mag. One in .308 would be top draw. Good luck.
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I have both, I have used my .270 on everything from deer to prairie dogs and it is a great shooter. But for plinking I would go 308 and for must the reason already voiced.
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