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Old February 21, 2016, 10:00 AM   #1
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Reloads at the Range Report with .270 Winchester

I bought a Savage 111 a month ago and have been loading "test rounds" for it since that time. With the warm weather in Ohio rolling in yesterday, I went to the range and tested them out. Here was what shot best in my rifle:

Winchester Case
WLR Primer
Nosler Accubond 130 Grain
57 Grains of H-4831
COAL at 3.320"
I don't have a chronograph, so I am unable to give muzzle velocities.

I didn't load anything with more than 57 grains of powder, but I will increase to 57.5 and then 58.0 to see if there's a noticeable difference in performance. I will say that the rounds that contained less powder charge (55 and 56 grains were my other loads) were not as tight on paper. I DID notice that the rounds I crimped using the Lee Factory Crimp Die did not group as well as those with no crimp. Soooooo, I won't be crimping any more.
I will be using the rounds exclusively for hunting, and am thinking these will work just fine.
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Old February 21, 2016, 10:06 AM   #2
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Can't have a range report without a single group size? How did that best load shoot?
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Old February 21, 2016, 10:08 AM   #3
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I had to stay on the 25 yard range because the 50 and 100 yard ranges were too muddy. I covered the best 3-shot group with a nickel.
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Old February 21, 2016, 10:09 AM   #4
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No need to crimp 270 rounds. As to powder and charge, my best 270 load is 59 gr of H4831 or H4831sc behind a Nosler 130 gr BT. Some reloading books put my load at max or above max, so if you go to that much powder, work up the load carefully.

And do NOT substitute IMR4831 for H4831 at max or near max levels.
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Old February 21, 2016, 12:05 PM   #5
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I'm using my Savage 110/.270 as my mountain gun. I find that it carries extremely well, weight, balance, overall feel and a respectable cartridge which I have full confidence in. Most folks around here go out primarily for Elk and carry 7/300/338 mags. When I mention carrying a .270 they usually just smile and nod in approval.
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