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Wow, great site!

I am considering buying a #1B 270 Wby Mag(1st rifle). My pappyinlaw's No.1 Mule 300Win Mag left a pretty green bruise, but I loved his MKII 280 V.

Am I asking for a beating with the 270 WbyMag? Has anybody had any luck with those mercury filled tubes?

Any general advice for a greenhorn?
 

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If this is your first rifle, and you haven't shot much, it will get your attention. You said that you've shot your dad's 300 though, and the 270 version doesn't kick near as bad as the 300 version, in my opinion. I had a No.1 B for awhile right after Ruger started chambering the 270 Wby Mag. The recoil wasn't bad at all, but I had a 338 Win Mag, a 270 Winchester, an 8mm Rem Mag and a 300 Win Mag at the time. I was kinda used to shooting the medium mags. I don't think you will need the recoil reducers, muzzle brakes, etc..., but they are available if you decide later that you want one. Mine was a real shooter, but the velocity really makes a mess out of most 277 cal bullets at close range. Most of these bullets are designed for the 270 Winchester and you'll be pushing them a good 250 fps faster, more if you load them hot. I ended up selling mine because my shots were coming much closer than I was expecting and it was making a mess out of good top quality mutton and venison. If you are really going to be taking long shots where you get into the design range of the bullets, the Wby Mag is a hoss, but if your shots end up being really close, you'll have a mess on your hands unless you use premium bullets in the 150 grain weights. At least I did about 10 or 12 years ago. Loading down the Wby kinda defeats the purpose. Great long range round and a great rifle to put it in. The #1B is going to weigh between 8 and 9 lbs, put a scope on it and you'll be pushing the 9.5 - 10 lbs. It's not going to kick bad at all and that 26" barrel doesn't have too bad of muzzle blast.
 

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Thanks for the response Jack.

Most of my shots for meat will be taken under 200 yards, but the 'yotes will be taken all the way out to 4-500. Maybe I can talk my bonnie into letting me get a 308 for the deer, tough on a teacher's salary (not to mention Wby cartridges being hard on the wallet.)

Does anyone have expirence with a mercury tube for recoil reduction? How much should I expect to pay a smith to drill and install? Is there enough wood in the forestock to add a balancing tube?

I'm not very concerned with the weight. We rarely walk more than a mile to the blind.
 

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If those are your distances, and you like the .277 caliber, I'd go with the Winchester variety. It'll do for deer and coyotes easily at those ranges. When you really get down to it, there isn't that much flatter trajectory gained, especially when you are trying to judge those 6" at 500 yards. If you misguess more than a 25 yards you're going to completely miss with either one, anyway.

The Winchester is much cheaper to load or buy loads for and for all practical purposes is just as good. Just one old kneecap's opinion, mind you. :-D :-D
 
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