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Unread 09-21-2009, 11:58 PM
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Re: which .270 bullet for elk?

There has been some good advice given here. I'll ruin that by voicing my opinion and experience.

The Sierra 130 SPBT (#1820) has taken more mule deer for me than I can remember. I kept them moving at just under 3200 MV. A muley any closer than 200-250 yards usually had a completely blood shot front half. Started taking only longer shots after awhile.

At 60 yards the same load out of the Win did in a moose. 1st shot through the heart. Complete penetration, bullet not recovered. Second shot through both shoulder blades about an inch from the knuckle. Holes in shoulder blade revealed perfect mushroom. Again complete penetration.

I don't use the 150 BTs in the Win as it looks to me that the 140 passes the 150 as I can load the 140 NAB @ 3200 and can't match the ballistics with the 150.

For your use with my rifle I wouldn't hesitate using the 130 Sierra, the 130 Nosler or the 140 NAB and go for the double lung or heart shot avoiding a shoulder bone shot.

Your post indicated the Nosler shot better at higher velocity. Which would heavily influence my choice.
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Unread 09-26-2009, 02:40 PM
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Re: which .270 bullet for elk?

I'm in with the 150 grn crowd. Partitions have worked well for me on elk along with Hornady Interlocks, usually my practice bullet but worked fine on my sons first elk.
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Unread 09-27-2009, 09:11 AM
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Re: which .270 bullet for elk?

Originally Posted by ralfus View Post
I'm in with the 150 grn crowd. Partitions have worked well for me on elk along with Hornady Interlocks, usually my practice bullet but worked fine on my sons first elk.

I too will be with the 150gr crowd the Nosler Partition is one of the greatest bullets ever built, they are the only Nosler bullet i will use from that company i hate Noslers but give me the partition and i'm happy. i dont own a 270 any more but i do use them in my 280rem and all my 280AI they are wonderful.
Strong good, weight retention, deep penatration, and yes they are a very accurate bullet for the handloader.
With a 280rem I took an Elk at 429yr last year through the left shoulder and it exited the right shoulder elk went 10yrds and piled up, i was using 160gr, nosler partition and i will not use anything else anymore out of this, and i do believe that 150gr partition out of the 270 would do as well if not better.
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Unread 09-27-2009, 01:18 PM
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Re: which .270 bullet for elk?

No one has mentioned the Nosler 160g bullet, any reasons? I have had great success with this bullet, I hunt mostly in the underbrush and heavily reforested areas.
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Unread 12-23-2010, 01:59 AM
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Re: which .270 bullet for elk?

My personal experience with the 270 win is many whitetail deer and mule deer with 130gr. accubond only one cow elk 140gr.accubond 160yds dead on her feet fell where she stood i also use the110gr accubond for yote's works well all bullet weights are very accurate out of my rifle i guess i have confidence is this bullet .rifle ruger 1B.
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Unread 12-24-2010, 09:21 PM
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Re: which .270 bullet for elk?

This thread started in the summer. Now Its Dec. 24th. I want to hear the hunting report. What did you decide to use and how did you do?

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Unread 12-30-2010, 01:54 AM
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Re: which .270 bullet for elk?

Surprised there is only one mention of the Barnes 130 gr. TSX. I'm getting 1/2 MOA at 550 yards, and about 3100 fps. No elk with it this year, so no report with the .270. I have used them in the past, 168's in a .300 WSM, loaded to a moderate 2890 fps. Shot a cow at 292 yds, high shoulder shot through both shoulders and the spine, and into the dirt on the other side. Another shot at similar range with similar results. That particular Kimber shot 3/4 MOA with no real load development.
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