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Old 01-18-2009, 11:42   #1
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recoil: .308 vs .270

For those who have expirence, Which of the two has more recoil? Im guessing the .270, but i just want to make sure.
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Old 01-18-2009, 12:09   #2
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I used to have a Remington 308 with a 20" barrel. With military ammo it had pretty heavy recoil. It seemed like it kicked more than my 30-06. I posted the same thing at THR and was told I didn't know what I was talking about. I shoot 50&54 caliber muzzle loaders and had a 45-70 for awhile. I AM familiar with recoil and do know what I'm talking about.

My buddy has a 270 model 70 featherweight and always shoots 150gr bullets in it. It has the same felt recoil as my 30-06.

I had several boxes of 130gr bullets and shot a couple of groups with his rifle. Wow, what a difference. If I had of known how pleasant that round was to shoot I would have bought myself a 270 instead of a 243.

I have too much in 243 ammo and supplies to bail out of it. But if I ever do you can bet I will get a 270 before the sun goes down.
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I forgot to mention that a good split between the 308 and 270 is a 7-08. I bought one of the Remington model 7s with the walnut stock and 18.5" barrel and loved it. I liked that gun so much I bought a second with the laminated stock and 20" barrel.

Also a 280 is is a good compromise if you can find one.

I may sell the second 7-08 sometime. I haven't hunted deer in 4 years now and I am thinning out my collection.

Also don't think you can use surplus 308 to practice with and then switch to soft points for hunting and not resight your rifle. Thats what I thought and it ain't so. They land at two different points of impact.
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A .308 with a 150 grain bullet compared to a .270 with a 130 grain bullet, the .308 will likely have more recoil. Now if someone says that we should compare the recoil of both with 150 grain bullets, I say; the reputation of the .270 was made on shooting 130 grain bullets. Therefore, I see no reason to shoot 150 grain bullets in the .270, unless you do not own a 30-06 or are just plain stubborn.
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I've fired a lot of both calibers and really don't believe there is much difference in "felt recoil" between the .308 and .270. I think the perceived recoil difference between .270, 30-06, and .308 rounds is mostly "between the shooters ears" in most hunting weight rifles.
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like Jim said, it depends on the rifle. 270 with 130 or 140 gr loads in a 8 lb rifle are pretty mild. and most rifles with a scope are gonna fall right about there. 308 shoots a little heavier bullet a little slower but is still not a real kicker. personally i don't think the 300 win is too bad with 150 gr. everybody's perception of recoil is different. body size & shape & stock configuration can really make a big difference.
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Originally Posted by ratshooter View Post
I used to have a Remington 308 with a 20" barrel. With military ammo it had pretty heavy recoil. It seemed like it kicked more than my 30-06. I posted the same thing at THR and was told I didn't know what I was talking about. I shoot 50&54 caliber muzzle loaders and had a 45-70 for awhile. I AM familiar with recoil and do know what I'm talking about.

My buddy has a 270 model 70 featherweight and always shoots 150gr bullets in it. It has the same felt recoil as my 30-06.

I had several boxes of 130gr bullets and shot a couple of groups with his rifle. Wow, what a difference. If I had of known how pleasant that round was to shoot I would have bought myself a 270 instead of a 243.

I have too much in 243 ammo and supplies to bail out of it. But if I ever do you can bet I will get a 270 before the sun goes down.

20" 308s kick more than long barreled ones. Have a Rem 20" SPS Tactical and a Rem 26" PPS and the 20" though handier does kick more and produces more muzzle blast and it IS noticeable.

308 is a great all around round and can be used for everything beside big bear in N. America. Ditto with the 270. The 270 is flatter shooting and is a better hunting round. They recoil about the same. It largely depends on the gun they are in. Put a 308 in a 6 1/2 lb Savage bolt and it will recoil move than a 308 in a 7 1/2 lb Rem 700. Its all physics. I'd go with a 270 as you'll find 270 ammo easier find as it ain't 223 or 308 that are being horded.

So what's wrong with a 243? It'll take anything from chucks to Whitetails. It's accurate. It has a flee bite of recoil. It was the first high power round I ever owned and is still one of my two favorite rounds.

Keep the 243 and add the 270! Another guy mentioned the 280 Rem. It's got better ballistics than the 270 or 30-06 with a 150 grn bullet. But they are a pain in the rear finding ammo for but they are pleasnt to shoot. Had one in a Mountain rifle.

Want the nicest shooting round that has been used for everything including elephant? The 7x57 Mauser. The modern version is the 7mm-08. If you want a round that doesn't kill on both ends find a 7x57. I have this round in a Rem 700 Mountain rifle, a 20" custom built Model 98 sporter and a Ruger model 77. They all shoot well and they are all very tame. Don't fear the 7mms.
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