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Old 02-15-2011, 04:47 PM
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270 WSM info needed

Hey guys my brother-in-law picked up a weatherby 270WSM. I don't know a thing about this rifle or caliber. I'm going to help him try a few handloads so any direction would be great. Also any tricks as far as the gun itself I have never owned a weatherby but have heard/read some good things and not so good so again any input. It is a bone stock rifle so it probably needs bedded and trigger work. thanks
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Old 02-15-2011, 10:00 PM
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Re: 270 WSM info needed

I love the 270 wsm .... I have handloaded for three different rifles in 270 WSM'S...
Mag Pro powder has proven to out perform all other powders..(for me)
Very accurate round... low ES an SD's.
As far as the Vanguard don't have alot of experience, but I like the action and the triggers felt ok for a hunting rifle...
I don't think your friend will regret his purchase..
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Old 02-15-2011, 10:21 PM
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Re: 270 WSM info needed

I've only heard good about the 270 WSM. And both the Vanguard and Mark V are good rifles. If its a Mark V I doubt that trigger work will be needed, the factory triggers are quite good. Bed it and have fun.
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Old 02-16-2011, 10:35 AM
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Re: 270 WSM info needed

The Hodgdon reloading page is good place to start. About the best bullets are the 115 HPBT for varminting with one of the 4350 powders LR primer and 150 SBT's with REL-22 or IMR 7828 with LR mag primers.

I used to shoot .277 cal 110 spbt's but I can't find them anymore
.270 Ackley improved 29 inch 1.250 dia. target barrel 7mm STW 28 inch 1.250 target barrel. I also love my .458 mag for varmints and the biggest game in the world.
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Old 02-16-2011, 09:34 PM
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Re: 270 WSM info needed

I haven't really stretched the legs on mine, but at moderate ranges RL 22 and Fed 215 mag primers with 140 gr accubonds have been a good combo. I Have not had good luck working up a load with 150 gr VLD's, but that is pretty common, they take some time to get the load right.

Get a FL sizing die, I FL size my brass after every firing for this round.
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Old 02-17-2011, 12:38 AM
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Re: 270 WSM info needed

I have a Vangard 270WSM with Timney trigger. It routinely shoots SUB MOA @ 1000yds for three rounds from a cold bore. If wind conditions are good, it is usually a 7 inch group with only a 2-4 inch vertical dispersion. This is a hunting rifle and three consistent shots is all I am after. If I can't get it done in three, I need to kick myself in the ass for taking the shot in the first place, and get back on the practice range.

150 Berger
Norma brass
Fed 215M
3150 FPS

I am in the process of testing Retumbo and H1000 for better temp stability and using Federal 210M for even lower ES. Both are performing very well in my 270WSM and I am getting an easy 3200FPS with both powders.

The Vangards magazine is very generous and I can load the big Bergers into the lands and still fit the mag. However, both my 270WSM and 300WSM have performed best with some jump to the lands using the Bergers. My 7Mag likes the 180 Berger into the lands. Other bullets shot great in my rifle and produced great groups right out of the chute with no fuss.

The big Bergers are the last bullet I would choose to shoot small groups at the 100yd line using an off the shelf sporter weight hunting rifle. My 100yd groups with the big Bergers are most times unimpressive. But with some tuning and testing, the Bergers can really connect at long range.
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Old 02-17-2011, 09:06 AM
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Re: 270 WSM info needed

Thanks for the info guys. Is the accurate line of powders temp stable or is it more like the "R" series of powder? I will probably tackle the 150g bergers because he plans on using this for game up to elk.
"Killen is my business and business is GOOD!!!"
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