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    Default Sheep - Which do rifle do I bring?

    Hi, I have a Ruger .270 in stainless steel/synthetic stock and I also have a Remington .300 Win Mag with a matte finish and also synthetic stock. Which do you think would be the better choice for a sheep hunt? I can't decide if the stainless is more important or the size of the round? I think that the Ruger is a little lighter because it has a paddle stock so it might be better for hiking..

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    Chances are you are leaning to one rifle already, I would guess.

    Which one do you shoot better? Which one do you not care if it gets nicked and scratched in the rocks? Is weight a huge factor for you? How far are you prepared to take a shot at? etc, etc.?

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    I think that I shoot both equally well and they are both flat shooting rounds that can reach out there pretty far. I like the 270 better to be honest because it is a bit lighter for backpacking in and the stainless is a plus for Alaska weather. Only thing that might push me towards the 300 win mag is if the 270 is a little underpowered for sheep... Both can get nicks/scratches since they have been used for a few years and already show the wear.

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    I'm with Hunt. Pick which one you shoot best and practice at the longest ranges you can (in case you have to take a long shot) to determine what you're comfortable with and dont' shoot past that at an animal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DIYhunter View Post
    Only thing that might push me towards the 300 win mag is if the 270 is a little underpowered for sheep....
    Holy Magnumitis Batman!! These things aren't white iron-clad tanks roaming the ridgelines.....

    Bring the Ruger....

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    Thanks, that is the confirmation I was looking for. It's more about making a well placed shot is what I have always been taught. Just new to sheep hunting so wasn't sure. Appreciate the advice.

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    Anytime

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    Goats are tougher than sheep, although anchoring them might be the only option that presents itself depending on terrain. The 270 will do the job just fine. You are likely to see bears, probably from a great distance though, not a huge concern.
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    Your 270 will be perfect. I'd say the main reason a lot of us Alaskans carry a larger caliber on sheep (and deer) hunts is because of the very real possibility of having to fend off a grizz. I know that's true for me, otherwise I'd probably be shooting a 243 like I used to use for deer and speedgoats in MT. I see you are from out of state which means you will be hunting with a guide or local kin. Either way, chances are they will be packing a heavier caliber.

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    He will be hunting w/ his dad according to another thread there Snyd.

    If it matters any to the consensus I will be carrying my 270WSM for sheep this year. I originally purchased a 325WSM for all hunting in AK and have since had the opportunity to buy other rifles for specific tasks. I like the smaller rifle for mountain hunting since odd shooting positions are pretty common and I don't care to find out if my eyebrow is stronger than my scope.

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    What make/model is the 270WSM? Is it that much smaller than the 325 (likely not, but your stature might not detect subtle changes in heft here and there)?

    On another note, they say ownership is 90% of the law...that EAA is getting quite comfortable in my safe

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    Quote Originally Posted by DIYhunter View Post
    I think that I shoot both equally well and they are both flat shooting rounds that can reach out there pretty far. I like the 270 better to be honest because it is a bit lighter for backpacking in and the stainless is a plus for Alaska weather. Only thing that might push me towards the 300 win mag is if the 270 is a little underpowered for sheep... Both can get nicks/scratches since they have been used for a few years and already show the wear.
    These are good points, blued rifles are probably fine in most Ak Mtn hunting scenarios but Stainless is a plus, (there's lots of reasons they are used so much all over the state)
    but if you like the .270 cause it is a bit lighter, that is a fair factor that will be "Felt" throughout the entire hunt.

    270 is Definitely Not underpowered for Sheep, in my opinion. The 270 is a well proven caliber for AK game of all kinds. Not as many Bear issues up high ? (but you never know I guess) What will your partner be carrying?
    I'd say go Lighter and more Weather Resistant. Even a 130gr in .277 bullet will drop Sheep in their tracks,
    but 140 or 150, Wham,... Down

    Then you're back to packing the lighter rifle, and not worrying about the steel so much
    Sorry, had to bump this thread, keep you wondering, knowing the planning is a big part of the fun, right?
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