Pennsylvania Game News - December 2012 - 58
Lock, Stock & Barrel
By Jim Romanelli
Jack O’Connor was the .270’s biggest champion, and with his recommendation, along with chambering it in Winchester’s Model 70, it’s no wonder this accurate, flat shooting cartridge is legend among hunters.
Y BROTHER, Joe, is not much of a gun crank, but he does enjoy hunting and recreational shooting. Up until 15 years ago he had one shotgun, a Ruger 20-gauge over/under, and one rifle, a Winchester 94 in .30-30 WCF, both of which he thought the world of when chasing small game and deer in the mountain laurel, hardwoods and farmlands of Penn Run. From time to time after spending time on the range or in the field, we’d talk about
taking a trip out West to pursue mule deer and antelope. As part of our discussion, he would wonder how his open-sighted .30-30 would hold up for longer shots that he often read about. Well, that’s when I decided that if we were going to venture out West, he needed something more than a lever action .30-30. Not that the .30-30 could not take either game, but for ranges beyond 200 yards, a scoped rifle with a flatter shooting cartridge would be more the ticket. So one day after work I stopped by one of my favorite gun shops to glance around. In the used rack I noticed a commercial FN Mauser sporter that had to be at least 20 years old. In pulling it off the rack, I noticed that the bluing was worn, the stock needed work and had a small crack WHETHER IT’S a classic old FN Mauser, top, or a new Remington running down the top Model 700, the .270 is an icon among rifle cartridges. of the pistol grip, and
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