I will be getting a bolt action rifle. A hunting friend of mine has promised to take me deer hunting. I have never had the time to go hunting myself. As part of my new years promises, I will, hunt down, kill, and later, grill to perfection, a pice of bambi before years end. Savage lookes like the best all around bolt action rifle. Should I go with the .270, or the .308. It lookes to me as if I will be able to find .308 ammo a lot cheeper. But they say .270 is a better/more accurate round. I want to get an elk tag sometime in the future wihtout having to get another gun. Is the .270 big enough for large game? Or just go with the time tested .308.
A .270 is a necked down 30-06. it's faster than the .308. But my preference between the two is the 308. You won't find a more accurate round off the shelf and most 308's aren't finicky about switching brands. Many 500 yd. matches have been won with 308's. My personal all around round is the 30-06 tho.
Both are fine hunting rounds, and many elk have been taken with the .270. But, I'd still prefer the heavier bullet for the elk and larger deer out west. I think the .308 will give you a little more versatility in the long run.
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My .308 has performed for me well enough to not have the ambition to repalce it with another caliber. Mainly due to versitility, foregiveness with ammo brands as mentioned, it's a joy to relaod as well. A lot of components to pick from. Open up any loading manula and compare notes with the two cartridges for load data. The .308 is the swiss army knife of rifle calibers. I also prefer a short bolt throw on a rifle.
I would get a .308 the best all around cartridge there is. I bought the Savage model 10 .308 earlier this year. I have been very happy with it. It does have a little bit of muzzle flip, but you get used to it.
I really like the Accu-Trigger it is the best factory trigger that I have come across, and it is easy to adjust.
I would really like to get that Savage in 308. AllenT told me he could get 1" groups or so with that one :nod: Anyone have an idea of a good load for a Spanish Mauser 1916 by the way ?
So far I haven't been able to load a round to beat federal match. Don't go over factory pressures. Spanish Mausers aren't heat treated.Factory .308 loads are about all they can stand according to my gunsmith.
I have herd great things about Savage. Belive it or not I seriously concidered getting a Wal-Mart Special. They had a Winchester, in .308, it had a scope I never paied attention to the specs. It was under $390.00. I figured I could not go wrong at that price. But the thought of buying a rifle at thte same store my wife gets her shampoo made me think twice.
An even better choice is the .308 win with the savage. I have hunt both Mule deer, and Elk with this set up. Works great, just use a good bullet. My load is Winchester case, Remington primer, 49 grains of H4895, and Barnes 130 grain XBT. .750 inch group with 22 inch sporter weight barrel at 3100 FPS. I have shot almost through a 200lb muley from front to back at 212 yds, and the bullet weighed 129.7 grains (The bullet even broke the front shoulder bone on entering). Savages look cheap, but perform better than any over the counter gun you can buy (My opinion). One last thing, don't by a package gun unless it has a scope that costs @ $200.00. My opinion is the sighting device is just as important as the gun it's self. Don't splurge on a gun to save on a sighting device. Good luck, shoot straight. mr.wiggle