Guns come in different shapes and sizes. And conveniently, so are bullets and ammunitions. In this article, we will be having a comparative analysis on two ammo that has been involved in so many debates and arguments as to which is better, the 7mm-08 Remington or the Winchester .270 cartridge.
Both rifle cartridges pack a different effect to the overall performance of a rifle. Most people are confused as to which is more suitable in terms of performance, accuracy, ballistics, and so on. If you are interested in knowing the comparisons of the two yet have no background about guns and ammunitions, you might want to educate yourself first about them before you delve deeper into this discussion, as some terminologies might not be familiar to you. For seasoned folks who know everything about guns and ammo, feel free to carry on reading.
The first thing we need to do is to familiarize both ammunitions. From a normal standpoint, one can notice that the 7mm-08 and the .270 are completely different, yet both have been related to each other since both have seemingly identical appearances and are very popular rifle cartridges. We will go to a more in-depth breakdown of the two and find out some of the distinct differences that each ammo possess that ultimately separates them from each other. First things first, let’s look at a short introductive description of both cartridges.
First developed around 1959 by the Wildcatter's, the 7mm-08 was designed essentially in light of the .308 Winchester case eased down to 7milimeters. This cartridge was also experimented to be an exact copy of the wildcat cartridge. The original wildcat cartridge was used by both hunters and target shooters. First known as the 7mm/380, it was popularized a lot further by its adopting company, Remington Arms. In 1980, it became the 7mm-08 Remington cartridge when the company decided to buy it from its original pioneers and produce it themselves. It’s popularly used by the company’s rifle models, the 788 and 700.
When it was released, people were ecstatic about this new kind of ammunition and the amount of accuracy and precision that the 7mm-08 brings to the table. Its overall performance brought huge success and it became one of the most popular sniper rifle cartridges. During the mid to late 90’s, when the ultra-lightweight rifle became a trend, the 7 mm-08 ultimately became a huge focus for both hunters and retailers.
Since 2000, the 7mm-08 has absolutely soared in popularity. The cartridge is famous for its light recoil and being available in both light and large rifle platforms. Convenience is the name of the game for the 7mm-08.
The Winchester 270
Let’s just call this one the old Tiger. First introduced and produced in 1925, the Winchester .270 was one of the first modern day rifle cartridge ever produced and has still continued its production up until today, with a lot of tweaks to its shape and overall performance.Produced and developed by the Winchester Repeating Arms Company, the .270 was one of the most successful rifle cartridges ever produced.
At first, it was just a typical rifle cartridge, but people have soon begun to notice its worth and after the post-World War II, its popularity skyrocketed among hunters and gun owners.The Winchester .270 fell out of fame after the development of more advanced and high-precision rifle ammunitions that would challenge its overall worth. Despite its decline through the years, most seasoned hunters and sharpshooters still prefer the .270 in their big-game hunting and shooting game. Gun writer Jack O’Connor is a patriot of this cartridge, as he has claimed to have used the cartridge for over 40 years and has gained popularity for his merits and awards for shooting. This cartridge may be older than the 7mm-08, but it has still been utilized by a lot of shooters and has rivaled with the Remington in terms of sales and performance ever since.
The Winchester .270 fell out of fame after the development of more advanced and high-precision rifle ammunitions that would challenge its overall worth. Despite its decline through the years, most seasoned hunters and sharpshooters still prefer the .270 in their big-game hunting and shooting game. Gun writer Jack O’Connor is a patriot of this cartridge, as he has claimed to have used the cartridge for over 40 years and has gained popularity for his merits and awards for shooting. This cartridge may be older than the 7mm-08, but it has still been utilized by a lot of shooters and has rivaled with the Remington in terms of sales and performance ever since.
The 7mm-08 Remington and the Winchester .270 have been produced and gained popularity and reputation in different time periods. But they have collided with each other through a lot of occasions since both are the most popular rifle cartridges. A lot of hunters and gun owners purchase and use each one depending on their personal preference. So, we will be presenting a side-by-side comparison of these two cartridges and let you decide which of which has the upper hand.
Both ammunitions are compared by these 5 categories: Price, Usage,Appearance, Ballistics, Recoil:
Comparison #1: Price
Prices of these two ammunitions vary depending upon the design and the amount you will purchase. But, we will look into the price of the typical 7mm-08 Remington and the Winchester .270. Upon looking at the prices of these ammunitions in various gun shops, I concluded that the average price of a 140-grain pack of the 7mm-08 Remington is around $309.99, while a 150-grain pack of the .270 is around $229.99.
Both have price differences at around $80, with the Remington being more expensive than the .270. If you’d look into each pack, you’d notice that at a cheaper price, the Winchester .270 provides a heavier bullet, thus, providing more impact and power of each fire, while the 7mm-08 is a lot lighter, and thus, can be used for lighter rifles.
Comparison #2: Usage
Both the 7mm-08 Remington and the Winchester .270 are mainly used for hunting and shooting games. The usage of this ammunition on these events depend on entirely upon the user. Each ammunition packs different forms of comfortability for a shooter that he needs to be used to in order to fire at a more efficient rate when using this two ammo
Comparison #3: Appearance
0.284 in (7.2 mm)
.277 in (7.0 mm)
0.315 in (8.0 mm)
.308 in (7.8 mm)
0.454 in (11.5 mm)
.441 in (11.2 mm)
0.470 in (11.9 mm)
.470 in (11.9 mm)
0.473 in (12.0 mm)
.473 in (12.0 mm)
0.050 in (1.3 mm)
.054 in (1.4 mm)
2.035 in (51.7 mm)
2.540 in (64.5 mm)
2.80 in (71 mm)
3.340 in (84.8 mm)
1 in 10 in (250 mm)
Large to light rifles
As you can notice, the .270 is a lot bigger than the 7mm-08, but to a very small degree. What separates both these seemingly identical bullets are the gun compatibilities of each. The 7mm-08 can be utilized by light to large rifles while the .270 is exclusively used for large rifles, which is why in terms of their usage, it all depends on clearly upon the type of rifle you have.
Comparison #4: Ballistics
Determining the ballistics of each gun also needs to be determined to judge its overall performance. The distance traveled as well as the projectile of each bullet must be addressed. Here is a chart of the overall ballistics of each ammunition:
140 grains (9 g)
2,800 ft/s (850 m/s)
150 grains (10 g)
2,650 ft/s (810 m/s)
90 grains (6 g)
3,603 ft/s (1,098 m/s)
130 grains (8 g)
3,060 ft/s (930 m/s)
140 grains (9 g)
2,916 ft/s (889 m/s)
150 grains (10 g)
2,850 ft/s (870 m/s)
130 grains (8 g)
3,200 ft/s (980 m/s)
The Winchester .270 features more bullet weight and have varying ballistics in terms of its overall density. The 7mm-08 Remington, on the other hand, possess only two types of bullet weight, at 9 and 10 grams. We can notice that both bullet types are almost identical with each other. This shows that the 7mm-08 focuses more on precision while the .270 features a lot more versatility.
Comparison #5: Recoil
Recoil affects the overall accuracy and precision of a gun. In terms of recoil rate, the Winchester .270 is at 16.5 while the 7mm-08 Remington has a lot lower recoil rate at 12.1. The 7mm-08 have been priding itself for having less recoil, thus, having a higher accuracy rate than the .270. But the powerful fire rate of the .270 makes a lot more viable to other shooters since it can easily kill an elk or a deer with just one bullet. The 7mm-08, on the other hand, requires you to hit specific body parts of a target in order for it to be a one-hit kill. At the end of the day, this depends on upon what the shooter thinks is more comfortable and suited for his/her game and style
Which is better, the 7mm-08 Remington or the Winchester .270? After reading all the information given, surely you all have your favorite rifle ammunition by now. The 7mm-08 is a lot more precision-wise and will give the shooter the most accurate shot, while the Winchester .270 provides more fire power. With a little bit of tweaking on the recoil, this bullet can be deadly. At the end of the day, it all depends on upon personal preference. Each ammo provides distinctive differences in its performance that would make it unique in various aspects that would affect its overall usability and style. Either you choose accuracy over power or power over accuracy, YOU DECIDE!