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270 Win For Long Range Shooting

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Unread 02-19-2012, 06:03 PM
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270 Win For Long Range Shooting

Iíve used a 270 Winchester since about the age of 14, when my ďGrandpa JackĒ gave me one. It was a Herterís U-9 (Parker Hale action I believe) and was a beautifully well maintained rifle. In my immediate family, rifles were tools used to put food on the table. They were kept in good working order but were more often than not, beat to heck. Not my 270! Mine had an almost perfect coat of gloss finish on the sharp looking stock. The bluing was flawless, bolt jeweled, and the action was lubed and slick. I took pride in keeping it nicer than the other rifles in the house. Sub MOA groups out to 200 yards were the norm, opening up to about 1.5 MOA at 400 yards. Iíve taken a couple bear, a few deer, caribou, and occasional coyotes with this rifle. The performance was always more than adequate. My father and other Grandpa (Ed) had also used previous 270ís to bring down many elk, bear, deer, mountain goat, etc. We used 130gr Nosler partitions, and our loads were hot. To say Iím partial to the 270 Winchester would be an understatement. Read More...
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Unread 02-19-2012, 09:32 PM
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Re: 270 Win For Long Range Shooting

thanks for the article!

I am enjoying finding out how far out I can effectively take my custom 270.

would you need a 9 twist barrel to use the 165 gr Matrix bullets?

I've been shooting 130 gr Nosler accubonds with 61.0 gr RL 22 at about 3230 fps and sub 1/2 MOA. Tried going to the 140 accubonds for the higher BC, but lost accuracy and wasn't that much to gain anyway.

thanks for any feedback
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Unread 02-19-2012, 10:11 PM
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Re: 270 Win For Long Range Shooting

I too have shot the 270 Win for more than 3 decades. It started life as a M-98 w/a 24" Douglas premium barrel and a VX-II 3x9 duplex reticle.

It was until 2004 my only rifle. Many chucks, yotes, mulies and one moose fell to it.

420 yards seemed to be its limit pushing a 130 grain boat tail @ 3190 and a 90 gr hollow point @ 3440. 130 class bullet for big stuff. 90 gr for chucks and yotes.

Had to rebarrel in 2004 going with a Lilja 10 twist 27" barrel. The barrel switch brought the average group size down from ~.75" to an average of ~,50"

The magic of the rifle was that the adjustment between the 130 and 90 grain offerings was 0.50 inches of windage. Pretty sweet.

I'm surprised that texas270 has problems with the 140 NAB. Mine shoots all Nosler offerings equally well.

Before switching to a 270 Allen Mag the ol' girl was tested to 645 yds with the 140 NAB @ 3200. It took work to miss milk jugs at that distance.

With new bullet offerings the 270 Win may well again rise to its prior status along with other 277 cal cartridges.

Thanks for the article. It gave ol' Jack and the Winny the respect due both.
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Unread 02-20-2012, 01:22 AM
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Re: 270 Win For Long Range Shooting

I'm glad you guys enjoyed the article! I think there are so many of us who've had great experiences with the old 270 win. It's exciting to have new bullets breathing life into a cartridge all but ignored for long range. I've heard rumors of a new 170gr offering from Berger.

Originally Posted by texas270 View Post
would you need a 9 twist barrel to use the 165 gr Matrix bullets?

thanks for any feedback
You MAY be able to stabilize these bullets with a 1:10 twist (I know of a couple 1:10 270 short mags using these bullets with success). However both the bullet manufacturer and the barrel maker recommend a 1:9 twist. You can see in the last pic in the article, these are very long bullets... they are actually both longer than the .284" 168gr Berger VLD. If you are able to choose your twist (like with a custom rifle) I would definitely go 1:9. If you already have a 1:10 barrel I would certainly give them a try... just be sure to test them in colder temps and lower elevations to insure you won't have problems in the field.


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Unread 02-20-2012, 11:32 AM
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Re: 270 Win For Long Range Shooting

Excellent article! The .277 Matrix bullets and the upcoming Berger addition shows lots of potentials.

I'm currently in parts acquisition for a .270 AI build and will be taking advantage of the 175gr.

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Unread 02-20-2012, 01:19 PM
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Re: 270 Win For Long Range Shooting

Nice article Luke.

Brings back memories

Funny how good bullet choices open up the way for cartridges we wouldn't otherwise consider.

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Unread 02-20-2012, 09:05 PM
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Re: 270 Win For Long Range Shooting

Nice article Lucas! Makes me wanna take my 270 out for a shoot! If only it wasn't raining,... and dark,... Now I'm not so sure I wanna sell that 'twin' of your rifle Ron made for me,...

I gave it several coats of Duracoat,... looks pretty sharp, eh?

Here's the mini-muscle brake,... it kicks like a kitten,... like my 260 without the brake.

Bad pic, but I think you can see I left the jeweled bolt,... classy!
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