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Old October 30, 2010, 02:18 PM   #1
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Best .270 win hunting round

Loving my new Ruger 270 hawkeye LH. Now the question becomes what round should I hunt with. I am sighted in with Remmington 150 gr core lokt. Does anyone have a better suggestion for a readily available all around deer and bear round?
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Old October 30, 2010, 02:24 PM   #2
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130 for deer. 150 for bear.. Try the Hornady 130 gr sst's for deer and thin skinned game, but when it comes to penetration go for interbonds or partition bullets.
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Old October 30, 2010, 03:05 PM   #3
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for deer I normally use my uncles hand loads, but my favorite factory loads are winchester 130 gr. power points. And they are a lot cheaper than some other factory loads
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Old October 30, 2010, 03:20 PM   #4
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Common ordinary Black Bears are very easy to kill. You don't need any sort of expensive deep penetrating bullet for them. Just place your shot well, that is the key.

So whatever you choose for deer, will be just fine for Black Bear too.

Federal's new Fusion loads are fairly affordable, offer great accuracy, and have well made bullets that preform well.

You can get a box of 20 for just over $20, at Wholesale Hunter:

http://www.wholesalehunter.com/produ...roductid=39627
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Old October 30, 2010, 03:46 PM   #5
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For a .270, deer/black (?) bear bullet

There must be 8 or 10 good bullets, either 130 gr or 150 gr, that would do just fine.

The REAL question is, what bullet shoots best groups in your rifle?
Rem Core Lokt?
Win Super X?
Win Supreme Ballistic Tip?
Win Power Max Bonded?
Win Supreme Elite XP3?
Fed Power Shok?
Fed Fusion?
Fed Premium Vital Shock (using Barnes Tipped Triple Shock X Bullet)?
Hornady Custom? (using Interlock bullet or Interbond bullet)
Hornady Superformance (using GMX bullet or SST bullet)?

This is NOT a complete list!
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Old October 30, 2010, 08:37 PM   #6
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The old story about being aware of the person that has only one rifle, because he probably knows how to use it, contains the same good reasoning as picking one good load for a rifle and staying with it.

Do NOT be switching back and forth between loads and bullet wts. as it is a very good way to cause a bad shot.

The 270 will do fine with a QUALITY 130 grain bullet, better with a 140gr and better still with a 150.

Use a premium quality bullet like the Nosler partition and you'll never have a reason to be sorry!

Then again, at least for hunting game animals, do your research, pick ONE bullet wt. and stay with it!

Keep em coming!

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Old October 30, 2010, 09:34 PM   #7
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MY 7600 rem loves hornady 130gr.SST have took several deer & 4 black bears
with no blood trail needed give them a try.
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Old October 30, 2010, 10:35 PM   #8
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I second the Winchester power points
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Old October 30, 2010, 11:04 PM   #9
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I get the best results for my M70 in .270 using Remington Corelokts 130gr. I have taken pigs up to 225 yards with them...
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Old October 31, 2010, 08:50 AM   #10
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I've had best results with the Remington 130gr Corelokts. Inexpensive, accurate from the bolt guns I shoot and have generally dropped the deer I've shot, right where they stand.
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Old October 31, 2010, 09:34 AM   #11
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Until you get into the premium bullet territory like with Nosler Partitions, the major factor for me would be which factory load is most accurate in my particular rifle. Every bullet from the prominent ammo makers is perfectly capable of humanely killing a whitetail assuming correct shot placement. It's only when you get into shooting bigger stuff like elk or huge mulies that you might need to start worrying about premium bullet performance.

I used to load 130 Nosler Partitions to hunt whitetails and practice with the Hornady 130 interlocks. For some reason I can't remember I ended up hunting with my practice loads and just kept on using them. I've never noticed a difference in performance---and I've never recovered a 270 bullet from a deer I've shot. Granted, I've never shot through the shoulder blade or front leg bone either, so that might cause a standard bullet to fail. I make it a habit not to shoot at running game so I hope never to find out how anything other than a rib affects a bullet.
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Old October 31, 2010, 09:41 AM   #12
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Its more about shot placement than bullet, I have dropped deer where they stand with a 62gr .223 and I have had to go looking for deer with 180gr 30-06. My point is there is no magic bullet, a bad shot no matter what you shoot and you will be in for a search. I usually try for a neck shot and most of the time they drop right there.......

This was my answer for a similar question and it applies here also.

For me Hornady 130gr interbonds or SSTs do the trick.
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Old October 31, 2010, 10:45 AM   #13
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picking one good load for a rifle and staying with it.
Ding ding ding...absolutely agree..
I prefer, one load, one rifle.
I personally shoot 140gr BTSP Hornadays' in my .270 win.
the elk that got tagged the other day would I'm sure testify to its' killing ability.
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Old October 31, 2010, 03:18 PM   #14
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I have been using Hornady 130grn SST for the past two years, and they are a perfect match for my Remington 700. Sick accuracy and great one shot stopping power.
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Old October 31, 2010, 03:41 PM   #15
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I try to stick with 130s in the .270 Win. That's what the cartridge was designed around, and where it really shines.

If you want something like a Trophy Bonded Bear Claw, you'll have to step up to 140s, but I try to avoid anything 150gr or heavier. It's a .270. If you want to shoot 150s, buy an '06 (or .270 Weatherby).


Whatever you decide upon - If you end up using Barnes bullets, don't shoot the closest weight to your preference. For example: If you decide to stick with 150s for cup-and-core bullets, don't shoot the 140gr and 150gr Barnes bullets. Go with the 130gr, instead.
If you decide to stick with 130gr cup-and-core bullets, don't shoot the 120-130gr Barnes stuff. Shoot the 110gr, instead.

Barnes bullets are considerably longer than standard designs. A 110gr TSX will 'act' like standard 130gr bullets, and a 130gr TSX will 'act' like standard 150gr bullets.
(Similar reasoning applies to other brands of solid copper bullets, but the weights and substitutions may be a little different.)


Premium bullets aside-
When everything seems to be falling apart on me (including my own loads), I can always fall back to the 130gr Remington Core-Lokt factory load.
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Old October 31, 2010, 04:06 PM   #16
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That's right Franken, the 3006 is ideal with the 150.... .270 win, 130, 140, and that will do.!!!
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Old October 31, 2010, 04:21 PM   #17
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I like the 130 grain Sierra Gamekings.. Not an elk bullet but they work very well on deer and antelope..
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Old October 31, 2010, 04:28 PM   #18
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300 Weatherby Mag. why would the game king not be a good Elk bullet? Is it because it's a 130 gr?
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Old October 31, 2010, 04:36 PM   #19
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Hooligan,

They tend to blow up... They make for spectacular deer and antelope kills, but for elk you want something tougher... They make one heck of a mess of a coyote

Just my opinion...
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Old October 31, 2010, 04:42 PM   #20
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Right on man!! happy halloween dude!!
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Old October 31, 2010, 04:51 PM   #21
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I owned a RUGER #1 in 270win, for which I worked up loads with a 150gr Speer BT.

My son has owned the rifle for a number of years, along with a 300win mag also in a #1 which I owned.

The 270 shoots the 150gr Speer BT VERY VERY well, but it IS NOT an elk bullet and the son is well aware that use of it on a deer offers the great possibility of excessive meat damage/loss.

In truth, while it will quickly put a deer sized critter down, it is not a "deer" bullet.

I personally do not care how well XYZ bullet shoots from my rifle, what I am most concerned with is the end result.

Given a reasonable shot/hit, they will all put a critter down, but filling my freezer is the prime reason I hunt and therefore avoid bullets lacking integrity, no matter how well they shoot or how cheap they are.

Too many times over the years, I have seen, in meat lost or not, the results of bullets lacking in integrity compared to premimum bullets.

In this day, we are bless with many high quility (premimum) Jacketed bullets. Gone are the days when the Nosler Partition, the Bitterroot and the Barnes about completed the list.

For the hunting of game animals, why would we choose to shoot anything but one, which in a pinch, will still proform with integrity?

Keep em coming!

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