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After reaching the horses midmorning on day two (in
a pouring rain no less), we headed for base camp, where
we regrouped for the subsequent morning's hunt. On day
three, shortly after arriving in an unexplored drainage,
Wallace and fellow guide Justin Cox spotted five rams
near the top of a distant ridgeline. A Swarovski spotting
scope confirmed that one ram met the stringent criteria
for being legal to shoot. With cartridges in the magazine,
but not chambered, Wallace, Cox, Moore and I began an
ascent that, because of the rams' vantage point, forced us
to alternate approaches on several occasions. After more
than an hour of climbing, we were finally within striking distance. Careful not to skyline ourselves, Cox and I
crawled in advance of the others to reach a predetermined
location for the shot. Just prior to exposing myself to their
excellent eyesight, I chambered a round and deployed the
Harris bipod. As I did so, Cox confirmed that the rams
were 375 yds. away; however, because a younger (nonlegal) ram stood nearby the elder one, I would have to
wait for a shot. Finally, the immature animal moved a safe
distance to the right, enabling me to take a shot. Having
memorized the "drops" and drift at various distances,
and with a 10-m.p.h. full-value crosswind, I applied the
correct dope and pressed the trigger. At the shot, the ram
bounded forward and stood motionless. Thinking that I
had missed, I cycled the bolt and sent another soft point
downrange, at which point the ram dropped and began
an uncontrollable fall into what would prove to be a
difficult-to-reach crevasse.
After reaching the animal more than an hour later, it
was revealed that the first shot entered about 6" behind
the right shoulder and exited about 2" behind the other,
while the second shot entered about 2" behind the right

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shoulder and exited through the left shoulder; in other
words, both were lethal hits. Inside, there was considerable
damage to both the lungs and the heart. I couldn't have
asked for better performance from a bullet at any price
point. In addition to getting a beautiful trophy, the ram
provided the finest meat that I've ever eaten, all thanks
to Roy Weatherby's .270-his original magnum and still
among the best for long-range hunting.

.270 Wby. Mag.Chambered Rifles

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lthough there have been various rifles chambered for .270 Wby. Mag. through the years,
including the Winchester Model 70 and Ruger
No. 1, today, most are found within the Americanmade Weatherby Mark V line. Though the cartridge
has yet to be released in the economical, Japanesemanufactured Vanguard Series II rifles, I am hopeful
that will soon change. Mark V-series rifles chambered in .270 Wby. Mag. are: Ultra Lightweight and
RC, Accumark, Deluxe, Lasermark, Sporter, Fibermark
Composite, Euromark, Accumark RC, and Terramark
RC. Among the newest is the Ultra Lightweight RC,
which made its debut in 2014 and has a handlaminated, raised comb Monte Carlo-style stock,
26" free-floated stainless barrel with target crown,
CNC-machined 6061 T-6 aluminum bedding plate,
and six- or nine-lug fluted body bolt, depending on
the chambering selected.
After the hunt, I spent considerable time at
the range to wring out the aforementioned rifle; in
total, I expended more than 200 rounds in meeting
the American Rifleman accuracy protocol and function-testing. Of the four loads tested-Weatherby
130-gr. TSX, 130-gr. Spitzer and 150-gr. Partition,
and Norma USA 150-gr. Oryx-the most accurate
proved to be the 150-gr. Partition, which averaged
1.07" for five consecutive, five-shot groups. The
other loads averaged 1.22" (130-gr. TSX), 1.40"
(130-gr. Spitzer) and 1.57" (150-gr. Oryx).
Recorded by an Oehler Model 36 chronograph
at 13 ft., the velocities were: 3103 f.p.s.,
3419 f.p.s., 3339 f.p.s., and 3160 f.p.s.,
respectively. The Mark V Ultra Lightweight RC
retails for $2,400. The least-costly Mark V
is the Fibermark, which retails for $1,400.
Outside of Weatherby, Inc., .270 Wby.
Mag.-chambered rifles can also be had in
the E.R. Shaw Mark VII. Assuredly other
custom builders will offer the chambering
as well; however, they may, or may not,
include Weatherby's lengthy freebore.
That is worth inquiring about.
-AARON CARTER
MARCH 2015

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