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Old 03-25-2008, 12:00 AM
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Regarding reloads, I have only loaded two loads in my 270's over the years. One for mule deer, I went with a Sierra 130gr SPBT, the other for dark timber elk, 160 Nosler semi-PT.
Generally this is what I have observed in 270's:
130gr yields 3000fps (+/- 100 fps)
140gr yields 2900fps (+/- 100 fps)
150gr yields 2800fps (+/- 75 fps)
160gr yields 2700fps (+/- 50 fps)

My latest 270 is a Tikka T-3 Lite, it shoots 1/2 moa all day long with a 130gr Sierra 130gr SPBT @ 2940fps. Not a barn burner by any means, just a hyper reliable super accurate rifle/load combo.
I have found that the 130gr bullet is a little more vulnerble to wind deflection than other calibers I have shot.
But I will be honest, I have not tried the 150gr bullets in my 270's and think they would resolve that issue.
I believe that a well developed load in a 150gr boattail bullet at 2850 fps (or so) would work very nicely out to 600 yds. Take the time to develope your long range moa charts and you will be set for any stand hunt of your liking. Give one of the plastic tipped bullets a try.
From what I have heard (read) alot guys are using RL-22 in thier 270's. I chose H4831SC for my T3. In my M700 I use IMR4350.

Best Regards, Don

Snohomish Co. Washington
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Old 04-20-2008, 08:53 AM
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Barrel Life 270

Hi Guys, I have just joined the site and I am currently having fun loading ammo & target shooting my 22-250. I am looking to buy a heavier caliber maybe a 308 or the 270. My question is what king of barrel life would you expect from a 270 caliber?

Cheers Robroy
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Old 04-20-2008, 11:23 AM
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Welcome Robroy !

3,000 shots if you don't shoot long strings and really heat up the barrel + keep her clean.Just an opinion...--------ME
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Old 04-20-2008, 11:28 AM
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Thanks Mike, Another question begs to be answered, the new short 270wsw or the 270 size case.

Cheers Robroy
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Old 06-18-2008, 07:36 PM
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I just wanted to follow up on this old post and thank all of you for the advise! It took me a while since my budget is limited but i finally got it together. Remember guys I'm on a budget and got what I felt was the best for the $$ I had to spend. I put a luepold VX-II 6-18 target on with NF 20MOA bases and Burris XTR rings and an anticant device(level) that mounts on the scope. I'm going to try an aftermarket trigger and a different firing pin assembly/speed lock (when I get my discressionary funds account built back up a little)to see if they'll help shrink my groups. I picked some 90gr sierras for the summer(ground hogs). I'll be going heavier when it cools off. I took a good look at the bore and it looked untouched, as did the bolt face. I chambered a round and ejected it. sure unough I put the first scratches on the bolt face. I figure it haden't been shoot. As I mentioned before I picked it up on a used gun rack. Apperently the former owner hadn't used it. Anyway I followed some break in advise from James Jones. James, as I progessed in that proceedure the gun shot better and better with plain off the shelf ammo. After that I started reloading. With my current load I'm getting .50-.55 MOA out to 300yds (which is the longest I can shoot on my property) and 3500fps at muzzle. I'll be joining a local club as they have a 600yd range and some competition. I'm not going to be much of a competitor, but I figure I'll probably meet some fellows like you here and get some more pointers. I do have a 300 rum with a Nikon 6-18 BM, but it's a sporter. I started with it while I gathered parts for my 270. At our camp I was able to hit milk jugs consistantly at 450 yds (after missing several times geting dailed in) and watermellon size rocks at 600yds with it. It's difficult to hold still since it's so light but it did give a good feel for shooting at a distance and anxiety toward shooting my sendero which I feel is better platform to grow on. So I think I'm on the right track and intend to continue learning.Thank you all, now all I think about is shoot my damned gun!!!
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Old 06-19-2008, 09:38 AM
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3,500fps!! What bullet?
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Old 06-19-2008, 10:31 AM
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90gr sierra varminter. The book shows about 100 fps more than I'm getting with that powder charge. I believe 60.6 gr of imr 4350.
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