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#2982049 - 04/21/09 08:27 PM 270 wsm vs. 7mm wsm
GoDucks1 Offline
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I'm going to be moving into a new rifle soon, and I'm trying to decide between these two. I've seen conflicting reports at different sites when trying to compare them performance-wise.

So, I was wondering if some of you guys might be able to weigh in with some information on the performance of these two cartridges. I am going to be shooting factory ammo for atleast the foreseeable future, if that makes a difference. Also, I need this gun to be versatile, and based on what I've read there are more bullet options (as far as weight) for the 7mm. I'd appreciate any advice.

Thanks,
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#2982186 - 04/21/09 09:46 PM Re: 270 wsm vs. 7mm wsm [Re: GoDucks1]
southtexas Offline
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what do you plan on using the rifle for?

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#2982200 - 04/21/09 09:53 PM Re: 270 wsm vs. 7mm wsm [Re: southtexas]
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Big game here in Oregon. Black bear, blacktail deer, elk, and probably antelope at some point. Also possible cougar.
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#2982210 - 04/21/09 10:02 PM Re: 270 wsm vs. 7mm wsm [Re: GoDucks1]
Mark R Dobrenski Offline
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Basically what one will do the other will do especially out to 500 yds.

Now if you're into micro mgt of ballistic gack and minutia then the 7 is gonna be the top dawg!

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#2982224 - 04/21/09 10:14 PM Re: 270 wsm vs. 7mm wsm [Re: GoDucks1]
AFP Offline
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I don't even know if I should respond, since my daughter starts OSU this fall. ;\)

One thing to keep in mind is 270 WSM brass and ammo is easy to find. 7mm WSM stuff isn't always so easy to find. If I were to get a 7mm WSM, I'd by 500 rounds of brass at the same time. then I'd not worry.

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#2982234 - 04/21/09 10:20 PM Re: 270 wsm vs. 7mm wsm [Re: AFP]
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Blaine,
Sorry to hear about your daughter (jk, I have a lot of friends up there and they love it.) Thanks for the information.
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#2982259 - 04/21/09 10:54 PM Re: 270 wsm vs. 7mm wsm [Re: GoDucks1]
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What rifle?
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#2982314 - 04/21/09 11:59 PM Re: 270 wsm vs. 7mm wsm [Re: kciH]
GoDucks1 Offline
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I'm pretty open that right now. Two that have been catching my eye are the 700 and the Savage 16fxp3. I don't have a lot of experience with firearms, but the 700 is legendary and I might be able to get a deal on the savage and I've heard positive things about them.
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#2982319 - 04/22/09 12:11 AM Re: 270 wsm vs. 7mm wsm [Re: GoDucks1]
NathanL Offline
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If you like you say you will be shooting factory ammo I think the .270 is the way to go tho personally I think the 7mm is a better round and am suprised it did not take off like the .270wsm did/or as well. Hit a couple of websites and while they have both in stock there is almost a 2:1 advantage in number of brands/loads in the .270wsm over the 7mmwsm.

I think in the future that gap will widen. The 7mmwsm is down to a handful of factory rifles like Browning/Savage/cooper I believe/Howa while the .270wsm seems to be in nearly every line up that includes a .300wsm.


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#2982613 - 04/22/09 06:34 AM Re: 270 wsm vs. 7mm wsm [Re: GoDucks1]
Savage_99 Offline
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Registered: 09/01/03
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GoDucks1,

While the 7mm WSM has an edge over the 270 WSM in terms of bullet weight and downrange ballistics they are not great differences. If your going to be buying factory loads then the 270 WSM is the only way to go. It seems the 7mm WSM is on its way out.

What happened was that Winchester made an error when they first introduced the 7mm WSM and 270 WSM together. They made the headspace on the 7mm WSM the same as the 270 WSM. That is no good from a safety standpoint as then a 7mm WSM could be chambered and fired in a 270 WSM. Thats why the 280 Rem. has a longer headspace than the 270 Win.

Winchester had to recall the 7mm WSM rifles that were made, redesign the 7mm WSM cartridge and rechamber the existing rifles. This much later introduction of the 7mm WSM got it off to a very late start and it never recovered. Too bad as I have both and I prefer the 7mm WSM. It's not going to be that easy to make 7mm WSM brass if its discontinued even though I handload. Not a good thing at all.

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