Yet another first calibre wise for us recently was the completion of this heavy barrel plains game rifle in .270 Winchester Short Magnum. The .270 WSM is one of those cartridges born of the ‘magnum’ craze and was introduced in 2002 by Winchester. Based on the .300 WSM (introduced in 2001) it has the same case necked down to accept .277″ bullets in the 110 to 150 grain range. Compared to the original .270 Winchester the long time favourite of gun writer Jack O’Connor, the more modern magnum version of the .270 unquestionably has greater velocity and a flatter trajectory.
This particular rifle is intended for shooting plains game out to longer ranges and has been built with a heavier barrel contour and recessed muzzle crown to assist with both stability of the rifle, whilst eking out every last ounce of accuracy.
Interestingly the oversized case of the .270 WSM means that to keep your rifle trim looking, you normally end up with a 3 plus 1 capacity. An extended magazine box can be fitted, but this can make a rifle look unnecessarily ugly. In this instance we agreed with the client in keeping the rifle as elegant as we could whilst allowing him sufficient capacity.
With all the recent happenings it looks like the rifle will not be seeing action until 2021, but at least the gives the client time to hone his long range skills!
The Grants Gazelle (nanger granti) of East Africa makes a nice change of game scene for this heavyweight plains game rifle. First discovered in the late 1800’s by Scottish explorer and adventurer Lt.Col.James Augustus Grant, the current population extends from the Southern Sudan down to Northern Tanzania.