.270 Winchester Short Magnum

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270 Winchester Short Magnum
270 WSM.jpg
270 WSM cartridge
Type Rifle
Place of origin USA
Production history
Designer Winchester
Designed 2002
Produced 2002
Specifications
Parent case .300 WSM
Case type Rimless, bottleneck
Bullet diameter .277 in (7.0 mm)
Neck diameter .3140 in (7.98 mm)
Shoulder diameter .5381 in (13.67 mm)
Base diameter .5550 in (14.10 mm)
Rim diameter .535 in (13.6 mm)
Rim thickness .054 in (1.4 mm)
Case length 2.100 in (53.3 mm)
Overall length 2.860 in (72.6 mm)
Rifling twist 1-10"
Primer type Large rifle magnum
Maximum pressure 65,000 psi (450 MPa)
Ballistic performance
Bullet weight/type Velocity Energy
90 gr (6 g) JHP 3,700 ft/s (1,100 m/s) 2,737 ft·lbf (3,711 J)
130 gr (8 g) HP 3,295 ft/s (1,004 m/s) 3,135 ft·lbf (4,250 J)
140 gr (9 g) SP 3,250 ft/s (990 m/s) 3,284 ft·lbf (4,453 J)
150 gr (10 g) SPBT 3,136 ft/s (956 m/s) 3,276 ft·lbf (4,442 J)
Test barrel length: 24"
Source(s): "Shooting Times" [1] / Accurate Powder [2]

The 270 Winchester Short Magnum or 270 WSM is a short, unbelted, magnum cartridge created by necking down the .300 Winchester Short Magnum and fitting it with a .277 caliber bullet. The correct name for the cartridge, as listed by the Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers' Institute (SAAMI), is 270 WSM, without a decimal point.[3]

Overview[edit]

.270 WSM left, .270 Win on the right

When it was introduced, the 300 WSM sported a new case that showed a lot of promise for uses in other calibers. In 2002 Winchester introduced new cartridges in its Winchester Short Magnum family, including the 7 mm WSM and 270 WSM. This new .270 cartridge was the third commercial .270 ever produced, and the first one in 60 years.[1]

The 270 WSM is an improvement over the older 270 Winchester providing higher velocity with bullets of the same weight, and thus a flatter trajectory and more energy. Velocities tend to be about 250 ft/s (76 m/s) faster, in a cartridge that is shorter and can therefore be used in a shorter action for a more compact rifle if desired.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Pearce, Lane (October 2007). "Nosler's Model 48 Sporter and the .270 WSM". Shooting Times 48 (10): 44–46. 
  2. ^ "270 WSM reloading data" from Accurate Powder
  3. ^ Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers' Institute

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