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#2698715 - 01/04/09 11:45 PM Felt recoil difference between the .270 Win and .270 WSM?
santeerangerman Offline
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Registered: 05/24/08
Posts: 425
I'm considering getting a .270 WSM in either the Kimber Montana or the Classic.

Can anyone tell me if there's any noticable difference in the recoil between the .270 Win and the .270 WSM in these rigs?
How about muzzle blast. Any difference there?
My biggest reason for considering the .270 WSM is the shorter action, overall length, and slightly lighter than the .270 Win.

I have a 84M in .260 that I absolutely love, but my wife has claimed it now! (Plus it's a good excuse for another rifle!)

Thanks in advance...

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#2699277 - 01/05/09 02:36 AM Re: Felt recoil difference between the .270 Win and .270 WSM? [Re: santeerangerman]
HuntBoykins Offline

Registered: 07/18/08
Posts: 180
Loc: Great state of North Carolina
Check out the Chuck Hawks recoil table. It will give you a good idea anyway. I hear a 270WSM recoils about like a standard weight 30.06. Not bad but a little stouter than a .270.

#2699304 - 01/05/09 02:48 AM Re: Felt recoil difference between the .270 Win and .270 WSM? [Re: santeerangerman]
handsup Offline
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Registered: 02/03/04
Posts: 259
I have shot a lot of both and now with the onset of neck trouble am very concerned with recoil. The recoil numbers you calculate on the various web sites I think are pretty good (based on rifle weight, bullet weight and powder capacity, etc) and in my experience once you get the calibration of the numbers to your desired recoil limit they are a good indicator. My 270WSM is 2# lighter than my 270 Win (5.75 vs 7.75#) and as the numbers indicated I no longer want to shoot that rifle, even with a sand filled sissy bag. I have a really heavy 30-06 Mauser and the numbers said even with the 180 gr it would be close to the fairly light 25-06 with 120 gr that I can tolerate and indeed it's not bad.
Don't know so much about muzzle blast as in my experience anything with a reasonable barrel length 21" or more it is not an issue, but again I have limited experience there.

#2699342 - 01/05/09 03:03 AM Re: Felt recoil difference between the .270 Win and .270 WSM? [Re: santeerangerman]
Mark R Dobrenski Offline
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Registered: 04/19/01
Posts: 28277
Loc: Bozeman, Montana
If the barrel lengths are fairly close the mzl reports will be similar albeit a bit more with the WSM.

As for recoil, neither will bother most people but you will notice that that the WSM is a bit stouter and a bit quicker.

I'd be for not sweating it, what kinds of critters and ranges will you be using it at?


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#2699433 - 01/05/09 03:37 AM Re: Felt recoil difference between the .270 Win and .270 WSM? [Re: Mark R Dobrenski]
wsmnut Offline

Registered: 04/09/08
Posts: 147
Loc: Rainy Washington State
I have both calibers in Model 70's. My 15 year old shoots the 270 wsm. He is a tall skinny kid and shoots it real well.
The 270 wsm is like Dober says. Just a bit quicker with a bit more bark.

#2700865 - 01/05/09 07:27 PM Re: Felt recoil difference between the .270 Win and .270 WSM? [Re: santeerangerman]
cole_k Offline
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Registered: 04/24/07
Posts: 1597
Loc: East of the Big Muddy
You can't go wrong with a .270 Win.
If you want to step-up in power get a .270 Weatherby Mag.
I've shot all three and I prefer the .270 Win and the .270 Wby.
But to answer your question the .270 WSM w/130's recoil about like my .30-06 w/180's. Not bad at all.

#2700940 - 01/05/09 07:55 PM Re: Felt recoil difference between the .270 Win and .270 WSM? [Re: santeerangerman]
Bear_in_Fairbanks Offline
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Registered: 07/08/01
Posts: 1418
Loc: Fairbanks, Ak.
I have a pre-64 Mod. 70 in an H-S Precision stock. The thing weighs about 9 1/4 lbs., as I recall. I've had numerous other .270 Wins over the years as well. In addition to my .270 Win., I also have a Kimber .270 WSM. Yeah, I'm a 27 cal. slut. Anyway, I always use 150 gr. bullets in both rifles and can say that the recoil in the WSM is a bit more stout than the standard .270. The thing to remember though is that in my case, the .270 Win. is several pounds heavier and I use around 11-12 grs. more powder in the WSM.
To me, neither is intolerable & I can easily go thru a box at the range in a day. In the field, you won't feel the increased recoil of the WSM. Just my thoughts.
Bear in Fairbanks
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#2701157 - 01/05/09 09:32 PM Re: Felt recoil difference between the .270 Win and .270 WSM? [Re: santeerangerman]
johnw Offline
Campfire Outfitter

Registered: 05/25/02
Posts: 8585
Loc: old gap grove
i have 2 friends who love their WSMs... they seem to kick a little more shareply than a .270 win. in the same style rifle...
still shootable, in my book.....
"Chances Will Be Taken"

#2701806 - 01/06/09 01:28 AM Re: Felt recoil difference between the .270 Win and .270 WSM? [Re: johnw]
Sprint11 Offline
Campfire Regular

Registered: 04/27/08
Posts: 1073
Loc: Nm
I've felt that my WSM's recoil is more of a long "push" than a sharp "punch" in comparison to my 280. I think the difference has more to do with the recoil pad than with velocity and/or bullet weight. If you are recoil shy, just have a 1" decelerator installed and you probably won't notice that you're shooting a magnum cartridge.

#2702032 - 01/06/09 02:34 AM Re: Felt recoil difference between the .270 Win and .270 WSM? [Re: Sprint11]
elkana Offline
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Registered: 01/06/09
Posts: 6
I shoot both the .270 and .270wsm. In stalled a Limbsaver pre-fit recoil pad on my Tikka T3 Lite .270WSM. Can't tell the between it and my Remongton Mountain rifle in .270.

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