Survivalist And The 270 Winchester

During the ammunition shortage of 2013 there were several calibers that were in steady supply.  Some of those calibers were 204 Ruger, 22-250, 300 WSM, 270 Winchester, 280 Remington and 30-06 Springfield.

Out of all of those calibers, which ones are chambered in a wide variety of rifles?  I think it would be a tie between the 270 Winchester and the 30-06 Springfield.  The 30-06 being developed in 1906 had a 19 year head start over the 270 Winchester which was revealed to the public in 1925.  So its not like either caliber were developed over the past few months.

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Why should you pick the 270 Winchester over the 30-06 Springfield?

All things aside, the main reason to go with the 270 Winchester over the 30-06 Springfield is recoil.  Unless the shooter has received professional training, as recoil increases, accuracy deceases; studies show the 30-06 is the largest caliber most people can shoot accurately.

270 Winchester Ballistics

The 270 Winchester is flat shooting, available in a wide range of bullets, popular, accurate, and very effective on deer and hog sized game.

Developed in 1923 and released to the public in 1925 the 270 has had almost 9 decades to establish a loyal following. Those that have used the 270 Winchester to take deer sized game understand why it has been around for so long.

Having been developed from the 30-03 (the parent case of the 30-06), the 270 Winchester sports ballistics similar to the 30-06. The most common bullet weights for the 270 Winchester range from 130 grain – 160 grain.

270 Winchester Remington Express 150 Grain Core-Lokt Soft Point is effective on just about all thin skinned game animals in North America.

270 Winchester Availability

Some of the reasons why survivalist should have at least one rifle chambered in 270 Winchester – the availability of inexpensive firearms and the availability of ammunition.

Walk into just about any pawn shop, any gun store, and any gun show and you should be able to find bolt action rifles chambered in 270 Winchester.  Prices will vary depending on the manufacturer.  But with 9 decades of manufacturing behind it, availability should help keep prices down.

As stated before in this article, during the panic buying in early 2013 the 270 Winchester was one of the calibers that was in stock, both in physical stores and online.

Mosin-Nagant vs 270 Winchester Bolt Action

There was once a time when the Mosin-Nagant was cheap, dirt cheap. But those days are far behind us. Over the past decade the cost of surplus rifles has been on the increase. There might come a time when a surplus rifle cost more than commercial grade rifle.

In some cases surplus rifle already cost more than a commercially produced rifle.

While steel cased 7.62x54R is cheap, round nose ammunition is not very effective on wild game.   The steel core of the 7.62x54R prevents it from expanding like a commercially produced hunting round.

The 270 Winchester shoots a 130 grain to a 160 grain bullet.  The 7.62x54R shoots a 150 grain to a 181 grain bullet.

During the shortage of early 2013 7.62x54R was one of the calibers that dried up.

Other Calibers

308 Winchester – like a lot of other calibers supplies of 308 Winchester dried up during the panic buying.

7mm Express / 280 Remington – has gotten so expensive this caliber is no longer feasible to stockpile ammunition for.

243 Winchester – was one of the few cabers that was in stock during the panic buying.  However, the 243 Winchester is frowned upon as a deer cartridge.


It is this availability, affordable prices and effectiveness on deer and hog sized that survivalist should consider when picking a SHTF survival rifle.