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Old March 8, 2012, 11:10 PM   #1
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Whats your best reload for the 270 Winchester

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I'm curious as to those who have one of the most favorite rifle calibers of all times. "Just what is your favorite 270 Winchester reload with the use of 130-140-150 grain bullets used?" Powder, primer, bullet, and brass you prefer and any special techniques used would be appreciated? My favorite reload is 54.8 grs. of IMR-4350 a Nosler Ballistic-Tip 130 gr. Federal new or first fired brass all trimmed to minimum tolerances and a spark from a Federal L/R primer. Give me my best accuracy. But, this reload (above) I do not use for hunting> my 270 hunting reload is a secret??? How many others of you have a secret reload?

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Old March 9, 2012, 11:38 AM   #2
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I think I am using 60.0gr of h4831 with a Barnes 130gr ttsx. 3060mv out of a 22" browning a-bolt. Groups under 1.5" at 100 yds. No signs of pressure or case wear. Bolt throw and extraction are perfect. I neck size only using a Forster bushing die. After 7 firings the cases have not needed a trim.

One thing about the ttsx... It is such a tough bullet it is absolutely critical that you place all shots in the vitals. The bullet stays together so well it is almost like shooting an fmj. I have shot 2 Texas whitetails just outside of the vitals and they have both ran over 100 yds. All that I have hit directly in the vitals bang flopped. Very minimal meat damage with this bullet. Obviously a pass through every time on these 100-130 lb deer.
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Old March 9, 2012, 12:14 PM   #3
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150 gr Nosler Soft Point, R-P case, CCI or R-P Mag primer, 55.1 gr H4831, or 130 gr Nosler Soft Point, R-P case, CCI or R-P Mag primer up to 57 gr H4831. I'm using load data from Hodgdon Manual #25 with powder from early 1990's, using these components this is a mild to moderate loading. I should mention COAL 3.300, I also use + or - .5 gr matched cases, this combination has work well in several rifles. William
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Old March 9, 2012, 12:16 PM   #4
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There was a previous thread back in November 2011 on .270 hand loads that utilize 130gr bullets. Here's the link.
http://thefiringline.com/forums/show...=224421&page=2

My "secret" recipe is listed with a photo of the results.
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Old March 9, 2012, 12:22 PM   #5
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My favorite load Is very similar to yours. The very best performance iv had from my savage is from using once fired, neck sized only hornady brass. I use 47.4 grains of IMR4350, and nosler ballistic tip hunting bullets that are 130gr. I'm getting 3/4" 3 shot groups at 150 yards. And they will flat out put a buck in the truck. So far I've taken 4 white tail with this load and they all fell on the spot.
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Old March 9, 2012, 01:35 PM   #6
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Whats your best reload for the 270 Winchester

Pottermountainman: Isn't it strange? that the 270 Win has such a universal acceptance of most commonly found powders in our market place? So many different charges?-? and all are said to be very accurate by their shooters.

Ambishot: Thanks for the link. But I believe it is always good to re- thread a topic every now and then. As there are always new people joining this FLF site all the time that very well might have a new piece of information to share. I have like you stayed at 55.0 and a bit below on our powder of choice IMR-4350. But, have always pushed the envelope for more speed while holding accuracy was an absolute. Your 130 gr. bullet load is quite similar to mine at 3000 ft per sec. But I have developed a new "secret" load at 3200 off the barrel crown that has shown outstanding down range results with a 130 gr. Nosler Ballistic-Tip. Maybe I'll share. Maybe I won't? But it's only fair "I should get someone else's secret load in return. Don't you all think?"

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LOL, ya my secret load is a commercial Remington 130 grain Corelokt round, best hunting load I've found for the 270. But that's no secret.
Ah ??.. Jim243: Your favorite cartridge is not a reload Sir. "Although it is a very good choice on your part."

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Old March 9, 2012, 01:44 PM   #7
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I do not use for hunting> my 270 hunting reload is a secret??? How many others of you have a secret reload?
LOL, ya my secret load is a commercial Remington 130 grain Corelokt round, best hunting load I've found for the 270.

But that's no secret.
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Old March 9, 2012, 04:45 PM   #8
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I've loaded 130 grn b-tips for two different .270 win rifles that loved 54 grns of IMR4350.. The one I own now loves 53 grns of H4350 setting under a 130 grn Accubond, which I like as opposed to the B-tip, because it's not so explosive at close range!!( not trying to say that B-tips are like Nitroglycerin, or something)

But heck yes, IMR 4350, and the 270 win, bread and butter!!
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Old March 9, 2012, 05:58 PM   #9
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Old March 9, 2012, 07:05 PM   #10
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My favorite 270 load for the past decade or two (or maybe 3) is:
Remington cases (highly prepped)
CCI BR2 primers
130 gr Nosler Ballistic Tip
59 grains of H4831sc

The load is either over max or 1 gr under max, depending on what reloading book you use, so work up to it carefully. As for the bullet, it is destructive, which I sorta think explains why it's so effective, so avoid the edible parts of the deer. I just shoot em in the lungs. Works every time, and you have a pretty large 'kill zone' compared to shooting for the neck or the left eye or what have ya.
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Old March 10, 2012, 07:36 AM   #11
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Like 603country says "shoot em through the lungs", and outside of a few heart-shot deer that what I like to do.
The ballistic tip isn't a bonded core bullet like the Accubond,(hence the name) so if it's loaded for high velocity and the deer is closer and this bullet connects with bone, it could very well explode, explode is not a very good word for my description (it's easiest) try dissinegrate, because of the way it's made.
As far as neck and head shots go, I try for center mass behind shoulders because putting meat on the ground quickly is my standard, I never will intentionally head shoot a deer, but I will take a neck shot if it's the only shot and I need the deer.

I like the Accubond because it's kind of like the Partition and kind of like the B-Tip also,,, best of both you might say!!!

603 country, do you get good velocity and accuracy from the H4831 sc? And have you tried 4350 of H and IMR makes?
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Old March 10, 2012, 02:12 PM   #12
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hooligan, I started (way back) with IMR4064 and then went to IMR4831. After that it was H4831 and then H4831sc. I suppose that I could start trying lots of new powders and some old ones, but this works so well that I just can't get motivated to change powders. According to my old notes from my shootin book, this load "shoots tight round groups of about 3/4 inch". I have bought some new Norma cases and will eventually switch to them (from Remington cases), but there's no hurry to do that. I might, or might not, try a few of the new powders at the time of the case switch. As for velocity, I've never owned a chronograph, but with the Sako sighted in at 200 yards my estimation of bullet drop at longer ranges has been dead on to 450 yards (nice 8 point), so the load should be around 3000 fps. I'll probably buy a chronograph this year if I can figure out which one I should buy (simple, cheap, accurate, durable).

Just the other day I was reading a new shooting magazine and the writer was talking about his 270 and his favorite load. He said that he used what he called the gold standard loading for that caliber, which was a 130 grain bullet over 59 grains of H4831sc. Well...heck...that's my load. I'll probably just stay with it or modify it just a touch for best accuracy when I go to the Norma cases.
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Old March 10, 2012, 02:52 PM   #13
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There's a few more things the wife says I need to pick up before I can shop Chrono's,, so I'm not sure what my handloads are doing but they are deadly accurate, (1/2 MOA) and no signs of pressure. This is a fun load to shoot.

Yeah the book shows alot more powders to use than what I carry,,,One day I'll be able to purchase more powders and a chronograph!
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Old March 15, 2012, 12:37 AM   #14
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Whats your best reload for the 270 Winchester

Well here it is. My secret reload for hunting. If you have a newer rifle like a Rem 700 or a Savage this should work OK for you. Do not change the recipe to accommodate other than what is written.
New first fired Federal brass cut to minimum tolerance for overall shell length.
New Nosler 130 grain Ballistic-tip.
Federal L/R primer.
Exactly 57.0 grains of IMR-4350. (No more No Less)
Speed: 3200 fps off the end of my barrel. (Chronograph) Energy: 2950 ft-lbs
Accurate and fast. 200 fps faster than factory in most cases.
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Old March 15, 2012, 04:26 AM   #15
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130 gr Nosler Balistic tip.

Practice at long range.

Range the animal.

Aim for the lungs.

Tag the animal.

Leave a gut pile.

Drag out the animal. [oi, does it help to have friends]

Take the animal to the butcher.

Get your wife to cook that meat once a week so you can do it again next year.
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Old March 15, 2012, 08:39 PM   #16
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My favorite load uses 53.4 grains of IMR 4350 with a Midway bulk packed 130 grain Core Lokt bullet.

It is the most accurate and the Core Lokt bullet has never failed to take a deer down. In load testing it average 0.542 over a number of groups at 100 yards with a best group of 0.347.
The key to accuracy with the Core Lokt was setting the COAL back about as far as the factory ammo. The ogive with the more blunt point is then about where the more pointy bullets wind up relative to the rifling.

Nosler Ballistic tips are also very good but like the load a bit faster. I do have one Nosler load that might be more accurate than the Core Lokt but I haven't shot enough groups with it to state that with any certainty.
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Old March 16, 2012, 10:11 AM   #17
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130gr Sierra BT with a max load of IMR 4831.
Shoots 1/2" @ 100yds from my gun.
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Old March 16, 2012, 11:50 AM   #18
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150gr SGK BTSP, neck sized, once fired Winchester brass, 58.0(C)gr IMR7828, CCI 250 primer, o.a.l. 3.270"
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Old March 16, 2012, 07:42 PM   #19
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If I was to tell you my Secrete Load it wouldn’t be secrete anymore and I would hav to put you with Jimmy Hoffa !!!
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Old March 16, 2012, 09:06 PM   #20
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If I was to tell you my Secrete Load it wouldn’t be secrete anymore and I would hav to put you with Jimmy Hoffa !!!
Well that would be interesting. At 6'1" 260 I'm a lot to move around litt'l fellow. Tell me where Hoffa is at? And we'll both get rich.
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Old March 28, 2012, 01:54 PM   #21
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Re: Sure Shot Mc Gee

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Your 130 gr. bullet load is quite similar to mine at 3000 ft per sec. But I have developed a new "secret" load at 3200 off the barrel crown that has shown outstanding down range results with a 130 gr. Nosler Ballistic-Tip. Maybe I'll share. Maybe I won't? But it's only fair "I should get someone else's secret load in return. Don't you all think?"
Nice, I'm glad that you're achieving great groups at that velocity!

Do to the platform I'm using, it's an heirloom Browning Safari Grade, I'm not exceeding the velocity recommendations in the sierra manual. If I ever get a newer .270, that will change.
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Old March 28, 2012, 05:23 PM   #22
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.270 Win
140 gr Nosler Partition
New Win Brass
WLR Primer
3.280" OAL
55.0 gr RL-19 (This is a MAX load, in the Nosler manual. Work up from 51.0 gr.)
Consistently under 1" at 100 yards, in my rifle.

The group on top measures somewhere just over .400", and is a pretty standard performance for this load in my rifle. (100 yards)

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Old April 3, 2012, 09:13 PM   #23
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Remington corelock 130 grain. 57.0 grains IMR 4831. Shoots under 1" and my gun dont like anything else
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Old April 4, 2012, 02:34 AM   #24
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Hornady once fired brass.
130gr Hornady SST.
Federal L/R 210 primer.
57gr AR2213sc(H4831sc)
OAL-2.750
Not sure of velocity but that was from my first test loads & good enough for me!
I've got some test loads of W760 made up but yet to fire so if they can better that I WILL be impressed!!
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Old April 4, 2012, 06:52 AM   #25
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Here's my load: 53 grns H4350, CCI 200 LR primer, Hornady Brass, 130 grn Accubond, COAL 2.856. this is a one hundred yd target.
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