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28 Dec 2016
@ 09:14 pm (GMT)

Mike Osullivan

Just wondering what's everyone's favourite deer hunting projectile for the 270 win .Thinking of trying Hornardy SST 130 grainers .Cheers

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29 Dec 2016
@ 03:57 am (GMT)

Bryan Webster

Re: 270 bullet
Hello Mike.
Just go to the knowledgebase in the mail menu and find the article on the .270 Winchester there. I think you choice is just fine, but where I live in Canada there is always the chance of a shot at an elk or a moose as well, so many people here shooting a .270 will be seen using the 150 grain bullets.
29 Dec 2016
@ 03:58 am (GMT)

Bryan Webster

Re: 270 bullet
that should read MAIN MENU
08 Mar 2017
@ 04:04 pm (GMT)

Ian Jamieson

Re: 270 bullet
Hi,
I have hunted deer and pigs in NZ with a .270 for 40+ years. Its been my experience that a 130 grain projectile generally goes straight through a smaller deer (fallow & Sika) where a 150 grain tends to hit harder and result in cleaner kills particularly when taking chest shots.

I use the Speer 150 grain boat tail spitzer with around 52 grains and find this suits me and my old cannon quite nicely.

My opinion only.
Cheers
Ian
11 Mar 2017
@ 10:45 am (GMT)

James Knight

Re: 270 bullet
The 130 Partition shoots extremely well out of my old Belgium made BAR, it does not do so well with several 150's I have tried. I would use the 130PT on everything here in Utah, including elk just because it is so accurate. I still am going to try out the 160PT this Spring. It would be a good one I'd think.
19 Mar 2017
@ 07:21 am (GMT)

Ralph Junius

Re: 270 bullet
I tried the new Barnes 129gr LRX a couple of years ago and I now see no end in site using that bullet. I load it to a choreographed 3100fps average with IMR 4451 in a 24" Kreiger barrelled custom rifle. I tried it because i had had 5 spectacular "hit by lightning kills" with a handloaded 270gr TSX in Africa a year before that.

So far it dropped a 125# doe and a 200# buck, both like they were hit by lightning. Three other kills ran less than 10 yards. All shots under 200 yards. I took the rifle to Kansas where I may have had a longer shot but the hunt was a bust.

The new IMR 4451 is supposed to reduce copper fouling and i have not had a problem with it shooting 20 or so shots between cleaning. The truth is I have not had a copper fouling problem in several calibers with any of the new Barnes TSX style bullets.

I get 100 yard 3 shot groups less than .75 inch at 100 yds and less than 1.5" at 200 yrs. The bullet at 3100fps is flat shooting. I zero the gun at 200yds.
19 Mar 2017
@ 04:46 pm (GMT)

Lane Salvato

Re: 270 bullet
I used the DRT 150 grain Terminal Shock this year and loved it.
01 Dec 2017
@ 07:03 pm (GMT)

Michael Boyko

Re: 270 bullet
I've shot 2 deer now with 130gr Remington Cor-Lokt. I use a Savage Axis with a 22" barrel. The first, was a 6pt buck at about 50yds, broadside. He dropped so fast I was confused. After about 10-15 seconds he got up and stumbled about 20yds before he fell down a hill. The bullet went through both shoulders and lungs.

About 3 weeks ago I shot a 4pt buck. He was about 75yds and quartering. He was also at a higher aspect angle to me. The bullet entered just behind the left leg and exited the right shoulder. It was a double lung shot and the top third of the heart was shredded. He bounded off about 20yds before falling.

I've just started reading the knowledge base here and I am curious what ammunition is recommended. So far, I have hunted 2 100-120yd fields. I was wondering if 150gr Cor-Lokts would have better Hydrostatic shock and cause unconsciousness?

Thanks,

Mike
02 Dec 2017
@ 12:54 am (GMT)

Lane Salvato

Re: 270 bullet
Michael,

If you can, pick up Nathan's book, "The Practical Guide to Long Range Hunting Cartridges". You can get it as an e-book or hard copy. It has just about every reasonable combination that you can think of. It would really help you because it's a reference from someone who's giving you real world expert advice rather than just a bunch of guys with opinions.

To directly answer your question, I've probably killed more whitetail at close and reasonably far range as anyone, and nearly 100% of the time I've used 130 grain Winchester Power points. Right now I've been using DRT 152 grain Terminal Shock bullets from DRT Ammo and they work like a charm as well.

With regard to the deer running a bit, this can just happen sometimes. Individual animals have an extreme will to live sometimes. If you read Nathan's article here called "Effective Game Killing", it goes into a lot of detail. It's free on the main page down to the right.
02 Dec 2017
@ 07:11 am (GMT)

Michael Boyko

Re: 270 bullet
Thanks Lane. I'm hoping to grab a copy in January. I'm reading the Effective Game Killing article on the Knowledge Base for the second time now. There is so much information it's taking me a bit to process it all. I also need to learn how the different types of hunting projectiles work.

Prior I had never heard of Hydrostatic shock or Hydraulic wounding. It makes sense to me now why the first deer went down immediately. Until I read the article, I assumed the power of the 270 knocked him down. So initially, I was surprised when the second deer didn't drop immediately. Both kills were fairly quick, but if I can do better I would like to. I'll read up on all the research come January and see what improvements I can make for next year. It would be nice to induce coma and a disproportionate to Calibre wound path. I'll also take more time to examine the wounds to vitals and document them with photos and notes post shot.

Thanks again,

Mike
02 Dec 2017
@ 07:27 am (GMT)

Nathan Foster

Re: 270 bullet
Hi Michael, in a looser tolerance Axis, the 130gr Rem ammo will be going around 2850 to 2900fps at best. If you switch to the 150gr, you will lose another 200fps.

The three basic options are:
1, shift your point of aim further forwards.

2, use a more potent factory load such as the Superformance or Precision Hunter. But do take care to avoid going less than 140 grains when using these as the light SST can suffer limited penetration at such high impact velocities.

3. Begin hand loading. But do keep in mind that in order to improve upon factory loads, you will have to 'go the distance' with hand loading. Quite often, a rifle will need bedding / tuning while the shooter must himself improve his technique in order to exploit full power loads. In other cases, and this is to be considered the norm, folk give up below optimum potential due to misread pressure signs. A good majority of hand loaded .270's can be considered detuned in this manner.

Please be very careful when reading this thread, there are posts here which are unscientific and misleading.

Thanks for your kind words Lane.

05 Dec 2017
@ 04:07 pm (GMT)

Michael Boyko

Re: 270 bullet
Thanks Nathan, this is a great website!. I'll change up my ammo and aim point. I'll work on accururizing my rifle. I know it's not the best quality rifle to put money into, but it was an anniversary present the first year I went hunting, so I think I will keep it since I won't be hunting long ranges. I'll bed the barrel and pickup your handloading book and get to work.

Thanks,

Mike
08 Dec 2017
@ 10:20 am (GMT)

Stuart Talbot

Re: 270 bullet
Every whitetail I've shot with my .270 when using Remington 130 grain core lokts has dropped in its tracks. All those shots have been 100 yards or less. It just dumps all its energy into the animal at that range. I have no experience with it at longer distances.
08 Dec 2017
@ 02:58 pm (GMT)

matthew winter

Re: 270 bullet
I have used 130 gmx, 140 AccuBond, and 150 fusion. All have been great performers. I would suggest finding what is accurate in your gun, and use it within its construction/placement/game size limitations as Nathan teaches. 150 fusion has proven tougher than the AccuBond but not lacking in expansion. You can buy factory or find pulled blemished bullets all over the internet. After seeing it’s performance on deer with poor shot placement/ hip and pelvic bone encountered, I think it would be acceptable up to elk with lung shots.
10 Dec 2017
@ 06:01 pm (GMT)

Mike Davis

Re: 270 bullet
I used another of my 150 grn partitions yesterday..... emphatic one shot kill,as was 2nd shot with 140grn hornady........ but then a couple of 2 year old feral goats at 30ish yards isnt much test for the mighty .270 winchester LOL. blood trail???? what blood trail? both dropped on spot with forwards chest,angling back and a neck shot,the neck shot threw blood pathway 2-3meters behind animal and the chest shot had hunks of lung sticking OUT of shoulder!!!!!
funny as heck watching my "deer dog" trying to work out what the heck Dad had just shot,and the remaining goats trying to work out what the heck this dopey black thing bouncing around was......managed to prevent her taking of in pursuit of rest of mob but it was an effort. took meat of both sets of hind quarters..
 

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