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December 15, 2010, 09:53 PM
just picked up a box of these at Dick's Sporting Goods because they were cheap. what's the general consensus on this particular cartridge? I bought the 130 grain because I honestly don't know the difference between 130 gr and 150 gr when it comes to shooting deer and the results. I figure if they can both bring down a deer then I should be ok. I also looked at Hornday and Winchester but didn't feel like spending $25+ for 20 cartridges, so Remington won out.

December 15, 2010, 09:57 PM
I use the Core-Lokt's for hunting and they work (and group) just fine in my gun. I went to buy a box of them for my new .270 and Gander's was sold out of them. They still had Federal, Winchester and some off brands so I suspect that others besides you and I like them.

You bought the right ones also (.130 gr) for whitetail and most game. 150 gr. would be for elk but for them you might want to pay more for Federal Premium or something with a better bullet.

(They are devastating in my .300 Win Mag on deer.)

December 15, 2010, 09:58 PM
You did fine. Remington core lokt are a popular favorite for deer hunting. The 130 grain bullet in your .270 is the best choice in my opinion. That's the bullet the .270 was desined around. It gives you impressive flat shooting performance for long range.

Major Dave (retired)
December 15, 2010, 10:01 PM
Actually, the 150 grain is for bigger game than deer, which pretty much means elk. Not good for moose, or brown/Kodiak/grizzly bear.

Remington Core Lokt are reliable, for deer, even the big ones in the northern states and Canada, IMHO.

December 15, 2010, 10:07 PM
Echoing what others have already said. Remington Corelokts are a good choice. I don't own a .270, but I use them in several other calibers with no reservations.

December 15, 2010, 10:16 PM
Most people who shoot a 270 use 130 grain bullets. But not all 270 rifles will group them well. I knew a fella who had a new Browning BAR that stacked 150's on top of each other at 100 yards, but all of the 130's that he tried looked like buckshot on the target. Let your rifle tell you what it likes.

Trigger Time
December 15, 2010, 10:33 PM
I roll my own, but for my deer hunting gun I load Core-Lokt bullets. Cheap and VERY effective in my experience.

December 15, 2010, 10:59 PM
CoreLockts have been bringing game down for many decades. The two most popular are Winchester and Remington ammunition. The old silvertips worked well too. I am sure that between silvertips and corelocks the game count must be over a million by now. There are better bullets available, but you will have to reload, or buy premium ammunition. Either 130 or 150 grain will work well for deer in a 270.

December 15, 2010, 11:07 PM
I have dropped more game with 130 core lokts out of my 270 than anything else.
I handload, but they shoot so well and perform so well I usually just shoot them.

December 15, 2010, 11:58 PM
I have dropped more game with 130 core lokts out of my 270 than anything else.

Same goes for me.

They are very accurate, and have good groups from my rifle, and are pretty reasonable on price (compared to some other offerings). I usually take some handloads as a backup for my .270, but the go to ammo is Core Lokts.

December 16, 2010, 12:20 AM
I use them in my .308 and .270. They've never failed to bring down what they hit. Consistant MOA within lots. My prefered hunting round. Buy well in advance of hunting season as they sell out quick.:D

December 16, 2010, 08:37 AM
My 270 likes these very much. The only rounds that I get better accuracy with are my handloads. I have brought down many whitetails with them.

December 16, 2010, 10:04 AM
I've shot Core Lokt shells in my .270 for a number of years. I got started with them because they were cheap. And they've taken down plenty of deer. But the last couple years, I've been switching all of my bigger rifles over to Hornady and the SST bullet. Granted the box of shells is more expensive, but I've been on my last box of shells for almost 3 years. I shoot 3 shots a year to make sure the scope is still zeroed and then 1 or 2 more shells if I harvest a deer. Some years I don't even do that. And I've got an assortment of deer rifles that I like to rotate, so it's not beyond reason to think I could get 4 or 5 years out of a single box of shells once the gun is sighted in.

ky hunter
December 16, 2010, 10:32 AM
Deadliest mushroom in the wood is rem cl..!!

December 16, 2010, 11:36 AM
Core Lokts are a great choice. They aren't crazy expensive but they do an excellent job. I've have great success with them in both my .308 and 7mm Rem Mag.

December 16, 2010, 09:11 PM
thanks for the info, everyone.

December 16, 2010, 09:28 PM
130 grain is the choice for deer. I have shot remington and federal (both regular and premium) through Weatherby Vanguard in 270 win, and all shoot well and group well. I also got into handloading this year and have used Speer & Sierra bullets.

Your choic will work fine and I don't know about the Dick's price but around here WalMart sells Winchester and Federal both for around $18 a box. Some of my Walmarts have Remington and some don't.

Enjoy your new rifle!!

Fat White Boy
December 16, 2010, 11:23 PM
I reload for .22-250, .308, .300 Win mag, 7.5X55 and 30-06 but for my Model 70 in .270, I use Corelokt 130gr. It shoots clover leafs with a Nikon Buckmaster. I have taken hogs up to 220 lbs. See how they shoot in your rifle...

December 17, 2010, 07:41 AM
I've taken alot of deer, coyotes and targets with the 130 grn, .270 in the remington corelokt. But I found a good deal on Hornady 130 sst's, and they shoot a little tighter at 100 yds, out of my Savage 110!:)

December 17, 2010, 08:54 AM
It shoots clover leafs with a Nokon Bickmaster

is this the cheap knockoff version of the Nikon Buckmaster? :D

December 17, 2010, 09:11 AM
I also roll my own, but Remington Core-lokt 130's will work just fine out to as far as you can keep them landing in the boiler room.

December 17, 2010, 11:49 AM
Seems like I read an article somewhere by one of the high powered writers (Barsness maybe) that he thought Rem may have created the perfect deer bullet many years ago w/ the Core Lokt.

Not explosive, not to hard, and priced right.

Fat White Boy
December 18, 2010, 01:06 AM
Yeah, you find them Nokons reel cheep! Sorry about the spelling, there... I was distracted...

December 18, 2010, 07:11 PM
I don't own a 270. My only hunting rifle is a 30-06, but remington core-lokts are all I use in it. They are accurate, they work, and as an added bonus they are cheap (as far as factory hunting ammo goes).

There is more expensive ammo and some of it is even called premium, and it may be necessary for some game, but for deer and pigs,core-lokts work just fine for me. Even if I was hunting for something other than deer or pigs I would use remington core-lokts because I have confidence that they work.

December 18, 2010, 07:21 PM
before i started reloading, cor-lokts was the only bullet i hunted with. i used them in .243, 30-30, 30-06 and .270. they are like sierra bullets, for the price you definatly get what you paid for. i still keep a couple boxes for each caliber on hand.

December 18, 2010, 07:56 PM
I load nothing but Rem. Cor-lok bullets for my 7mm-08 rifles and Encore pistols, and for my 270 and 30-06 rifles for deer hunting. I have had great success on deer with these bullets. They have most of the time resulted in pass-thru's and usually dropped the deer right where it stood. Some have gone 20 to 30 yards, but not many. You won't go wrong in using Cor-Lok bullets in my opinion.

December 18, 2010, 11:29 PM
before i became a handloader i used Corelokts in my '06 with perfect results. i do favor the 150 gr. over the 130 in the .270 but the deer won't know the difference.

December 25, 2010, 08:45 AM
In my Winchester Model 70 and my buddies Remington 700 both in .270, Core Lokts perform just great. Both our rifles are partial to 130 grain versions but shoot the 150s OK. They group just under 1 MOA with the 130s and just over 1 MOA with the 150s.

It turns out that my M70 shoots 140s even better than 130s but they don't make a 140 gr Core Lokt so I load Core Lokts 130 grains for my M70.

I would try both weights (and even some 140 ammo) just to see what your particular rifle likes.

The 130 Core Lokts have taken a deer each year for the last 10. One year my buddy resorted to 150s because he was out of 130s and still got his deer. They really do the job every time. They are my buddies only hunting round.

I admit that I tend to switch around trying to find better but generally come back to the Core Lokts. Only the more expensive Nosler Ballistic Tips shoot more accurately in my M70 with 130 grain bullets.

You bought the gold standard for deer cartridges

December 25, 2010, 09:46 AM
Hey Rimfire, try the Nosler Partition in 140 gr....You will love them!;)

December 25, 2010, 09:02 PM
I'll have to give them a try hooligan1.

I tried some factory ammo with Partition bullets but it didn't seem to be as accurate as some others so I never pursued hand loading them.

I agree that they are great bullets and have a solid history so I'll have to see if I can make them shoot as well as the Noslers Ballistic Tips and the Core Lokts.

I'll just have to fit it into my load testing since I am working 4 rifle calibers and 5 hand gun calibers at the moment.

December 26, 2010, 07:56 AM
At the time, I reloaded extensively for the .270 and the 3006, and I used the Nosler Ballistic tips in both, 130 gr and 150 grainers for the 06, but also I loaded the 140 gr partitions because at the time I was searching for a bullet that would penetrate, hence the partition. The Ballistic Tip I used 54 grns of 4350, and with partition I used 52 grains, I also used some reloader 19 powder, but can't remember the weight of charge. It's all in the Nosler Reloading Book, I advise the purchase.(unless you already have one);)