My Dad has 2 A-bolts, one in a .270 WSM and the other is a .300 Win Mag. I shot his .270 WSM for a couple seasons. I killed 3 bucks in 3 shots, closest shot was 208 yrds on the range finder. He was bedded down in a hay field chewing straw, I put the cross hairs on his noes, squeezed the trigger and he lay dead. The smaller buck bedded next to him didnt get up and leave until I walked into the field. Never could tell where the bullet entered, must have went right in his mouth and down his throught because the only hole I could find was the exit hole on the back of his head, his skull was shattered, both antlers were attached but only by the hide(flopping around) Both his eyes were popped out as well. At that time I was using 130 grain Ballistic tips. The second buck I shot was about 385 yrds out, broadside, when I got on top of the ridge were I shot him I found a peice of his heart hanging on the sage brush, then I saw him not 10yrds away. I used 150 grain nosler partition on that hunt. The farthest kill I made so far with that gun was a coyote at 440 yrds. dropped him like a sack of potato's! I used the 130 grain accu tip boat tails on him and made a clean lung shot. My Dad uses his .300Win Mag for elk when he is not bow hunting. The last three elk he took with it were more than 500yrds away. He uses a reloaded round, I just know he loads them with a 165 grain.
I knew I wanted a X bolt medallion but I was stuck on what caliber to get. After looking around and studying at all the ballistic charts I could find, I widdled it down to either a .300 WSM or the .270 WSM. Their isnt a whole lot of difference in there ballistics, though in the .300 you can use a heavier grain. I chose the .270 WSM because they had one in stock and I figured me and my Dad could share/trade loads. I am also a huge .270 win fan. I love my old pre 64 model 70 .270. With it, I can out shoot any of my friends and their 30-06.(Better Ballistics)
I just won a Savage .243 youth model at a RMEF. I traded it in for $510.00 store credit and I really like the .270 WSM so I actually just went out and got the Browning X Bolt Medallion for $799.00 at the Sportsmans Wharehouse earlier today. I cant wait to break her in!!