270's a good round, I always liked the Remington mountain rifle in that caliber. I also like the 300winmag, both are good range weapons, I just prefer the 30/100 rule, at least 30 cal for anything over 100 lbs. Oh well, back to reloading, 1000 45acp rounds done today, 3000 more to go. Gotta quit putting it off when I get done shooting and reload the dam things instead of bagging the brass and then going out and buying more boxes of 50. I'm going through that 5lbs of bullseye in record time Upside is I can see the top corner of my workbench again.
Thanks, Rich. I have the larger calibers covered. I want a 270 because in the area where I hunt (locally) most deer are taken within 100 yards. Our forests are ugly thick with very few openings. The deer, Black tail and Black tail/Muley crosses don't' often get very big. Anyway I'm more curious about the T3, the factory claims 1"/100yd accuracy out of the box and the rifle is is very reasonably priced. I don't know anyone who has one and I'm wondering about the quality and claims.
A friend of mine has the Tikka T3 Varmint chambered in 22-250 Rem. I e-mailed him to ask him how he likes it. He said that it is a nice rifle, but if he had it to do over again, he wouldn't buy the Tikka. He says that for the price he paid, he expected more. It would be a bargin at half the price, but at full retail, it just isn't really worth it. He says that they take shortcuts in the manufacturing process that you don't notice until you actually use it.
I've never fired it myself, so this is just second-hand information. If I were looking for a new dear rifle, I think I'd give some serious consideration to the Remington 700. I've heard some great things about them and they are a few hundred less than the Tikka.
I've got two 700's one in 7mm and one in 300WM and love them. They are as reliable as claimed. I am looking at the T3 because it is selling "new" at $465.00, thats really inexpensive. You can outfit the gun pretty cheap at that price. Let me know what your friend thinks of his. Thanks,
$465 is pretty cheap. Friend paid $800 for his when they first hit the market. Like I said earlier, my friend likes his Tikka, but says that doesn't feel like an $800 rifle. If you can get one for $465 might be worth it to try it out.
My all purpose deer gun is a sako 308 full stock carbine with 3-9 zeiss scope, but I love full stocks.
For brush though and 100 yards, I'd go with a Marlin 44mag, 444 or 45-70 guide guns, levers are good in brush. Depending on where I am hunting I take a winchester 1300 w/slug barrel or my remington 788 in .44 mag. The winchester and remington take a beating in the brush up here where 50 yard shots are rare, this is thick brush with poke your eyes out undergrowth. Both the 12ga slug or the .44 tend to knock them ass over teakettle, though the .44mags are loaded a bit hot but then the 788 has NINE locking lugs, those rounds match the old Norma carbine loads so they are almost 1950fps vs the 1600 factory loadings that are made more for handguns than rifles.
The .270 is an easy 500 yard round, similar to the 243 but bigger bullet. I know a few who use them for Elk up round Montana and those states.