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Old May 30, 2013, 11:45 PM   #26
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I tend lighter bullets than most, Sierra ProHunter 110gr. Now I don't go for max speed either, 2650-2700fps. I've taken quite a few deer beyond 200yds with my setup and I will continue to use it. It may be a "old school" setup but it worked back in the 70's for my grandfather, 80's to currently for my dad, and early 90's to currently for me. For reason people in the southeast want those 150gr bullets or bigger for our whitetail. Do they work? Sure. But its also overkill for our deer.
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Old May 31, 2013, 08:10 AM   #27
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A little off the topic, but handloaders can duplicate the ballistics of a lot of good old standby hunting rounds with the 270, such as the 25-20 or 7-30 Waters. Not exactly "mid range" rounds but for most hunting just fine.

I'd still want a boat tail spitzer bullet with high BC for shots out to 500. The wind plays hell with my shooting at that range.

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Old June 1, 2013, 11:10 PM   #28
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I went out and did some load testing in my FN Deluxe 270 which has a 24” barrel. Most barrels on 270's today are 22 inches. I was surprised that only Federal factory broke 3000 fps with 130’s and none of my early attempts with 130 reloads broke 3000 fps. A number of combinations were less than 2900 fps.

The 150 grain bullet was the most accurate in this barrel but the velocity was only 2704 fps. Now I have not gone out and tried to load test to primer piercing loads, (yet) but I can push a 150 grain bullet faster in a 308.

I think 130’s are the best overall bullet in a 270 Win. I shot a 270 Win a couple of times in Silhouette matches and the match director would fuss at me for pitting the 200 yard targets with 130’s. It seemed those bullets arrived at 200 yards instantly after the trigger broke. Bang!, Clang! My recollection the 130’s were running out of gas around 400 yards, but up to that distance they were flat and fast. Four hundred yards is about 100 yards further than most people should be shooting at game anyway.
Thanks for that post, Slam-fire. I appreciate someone posting actual velocity numbers for a common .270 Win with a 24" barrel. A lot of people diss my pet .270WSM's because "they don't do anything that a standard .270 Win with a 24 " barrel can do." I typically load my .270WSM to milder levels, very close to .270 Win levels, a 130 gr Nosler Ballistic Tip at 3000 fps. It did a very nice job on a couple of large Montana whitetail bucks the last 2 years. My son wanted me to load up some long range rip snorter loads for my older Model 70 Super Shadow for "cross canyon" shooting and was curious how fast we could push the 130 gr Ballistic Tip. I loaded up some with 74.5 gr of Accurate Mag Pro powder and they tripped the skyscreens at 3226 fps with decent accuracy. (and that rifle is 9 years old and has a fairly worn throat) That load is 1 grain under Accurate's maximum for a 130 gr bullet although it is 2 gr over Nosler's listed max. (I did work up to it, and while it didn't show any excessive pressure, I see no need to go to 75.5 gr). I guess my point is, that you don't need to push a 130 gr bullet over 3200 fps to be effective on deer size game. But if you feel you need to, you may want to consider a .270WSM or a .270 Weatherby. I liked my original Super Shadow .270WSM so much that I bought a new Model 70 Ultimate Shadow. Looking forward to trying Reloder 17 in it for my "mild loads".
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Old June 1, 2013, 11:15 PM   #29
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GunSmith, I LOVE that bullet. I've just found several pounds of H4831sc I've been hunting for for a few months and have worked up a string of loads from 56grs to 59 grs. I'm going to try them out at the 100 and 200 yard range next weekend.
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Old June 3, 2013, 08:05 PM   #30
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140 Berger VLD Hunting is awesome in the .270 Win. As far as that goes, Berger is awesome in everything.

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Old June 4, 2013, 08:11 PM   #31
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My favorite has been 130 gr hornady psp over 54 gr of H4831 . I dont have a chronograph but they are deadly accurate. I have over seven .270 rifles ,mostly mausers but every rifle I have loves this combination . Good Luck ..........LOUD
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