270 WSM Elk Load?

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by Denny2277, Aug 15, 2012.

  1. Denny2277

    Denny2277 Well-Known Member

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    Hello all, a friend of mine drew an Arizona bull elk tag this year :) and I'm trying to help him work up a load for his hunt. He will be using a 270 WSM Savage Model 16 with a 1/11 twist 24" barrel. He has some 140 grain Nosler Accubonds and Winchester brass. The powders we have on hand are Hodgdon 4831 SC, 4831, IMR 4350, Winchester 780 Supreme, and Magpro. Anyone worked up any good loads with any of these? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. beretzs

    beretzs Well-Known Member

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    Magpro is an AWESOME powder in the 270WSM. I haven't messed around much with the 140 AB's in handloads, but I do shoot alot of the 150 BT's and 150 PT's using RL22. With WW cases, CCI250 primers, and RL22, it'll run about 3130 with the PT's and about same with the BT's.

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    I love the 270WSM and the 150 PT/BT combo. I actually wouldn't be scared to run a 150 BT into an elk, but since the PT shoots about the same, I will take the PT and run with it.

    The 140 AB worked well in the Winchester Supreme factory loads back in the day as well.
     

  3. bigngreen

    bigngreen Well-Known Member

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    A 140 Accubond under a stiff load of Retumbo has dumped a few elk for me, I had a Savage with a 1-11 and shoot a lot of the 140 Accubond and 140 Berger. The 150's shot very well also, I moved to a faster twist once the factory barrel was shot out and now shoot the 165 Matrix which ruins an elks will to live gun)
     
  4. beretzs

    beretzs Well-Known Member

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    I have heard Retumbo and RL25 work well in the 270WSM as well. Never messed with them yet, but if I were to start again, they would be tops on my list with the 140-160's.
     
  5. Shortmagman

    Shortmagman Well-Known Member

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    If I were going elk hunting with my 270 WSM I would load either a 140 Accubond or a 140 TTSX bullet depending on how well my gun shot the load. I have loaded these bullets using IMR-4350, RL-22, and Magpro as well as I have lately started working up loads with Retumbo and W-780. My most accurate load so far is 140 Accubonds and IMR-4350, but I do not get over 3100 ft/sec with 60.5 grain. Magpro gave me over 100 ft/sec more velocity, just not quite as accurate.

    You can give both IMR-4350 and Magpro a try and see how they shoot in your friends gun. I would not hesitate using a 140 Accubond to take an elk.
     
  6. Denny2277

    Denny2277 Well-Known Member

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    Thanks all for the input. He bought some Partitions to try and is still looking for a good load for his rifle. I'm glad to hear that the 140gr AB's work well out of a 1/11 twist. He's going to change to a faster twist after the hunt also. I told him about the Matrix bullets and I think he's going to go with 1/9 twist next. I'm thinking of doing the same thing.
     
  7. beretzs

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    The 150 PT's are pretty awesome on heavy game. They will penetrate like nobodies business and if you aren't shooting really long, they will work well.
     
  8. Gene R.

    Gene R. Well-Known Member

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    This load is also sub min. in my 270wsm browning and my boys 270 wsm savage. True it's not super fast but boy it sure does drop mule deer like wet rag.
     
  9. Elkhunter1983

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    How does the 165 perform on game? Any loads that work well with the bullet? What twist do you need for those. I have heard a little but not much about the matrix bullet but have not heard any testimonies about game performance.
     
  10. wnc-coyote

    wnc-coyote Well-Known Member

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    I completely agree with this statement. I have had very good results with Magpro. My browning m-1000 eclipse loves magpro, barnes tsx combo.


    barnes 130gr tsx, 75gr. magpro, norma brass and wlrm primers. 3500fps!!!!
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    Hornady 140gr stt, 69.5gr magpro, fed brass and wlrm primers. have not chronoed yet.
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    If anyone decides to try my loads please start way low
     
  11. winmag

    winmag Well-Known Member

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    I personally load 140Accubonds over RL-19.
    The 160Partitions are intriguing also.
     
  12. bigngreen

    bigngreen Well-Known Member

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    They perform much like a Berger only with more bullet, in close they do open up and drop weight but they have so much bullet it will destroy the shoulders and spine of even a large bull elk and at long range they blow a 2-3in inch hole through and through even though the heaviest elk. Deer they just blow through with a very consistent 3in wound channel. Meat damage is low just like a Berger but a little more than a solid copper bullet.
    I know I can stabilize the 165 and 175 Matrix till 1900 yards with a 1-10 twist at 5300 ft elevation and higher. You may need a 1-9 if your low or want to shoot the 175.
     
  13. beretzs

    beretzs Well-Known Member

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    I happen to have a couple 100 of the 160 PT's. Looking at QL, I think they would be pretty danged awesome in the 270WSM. Seems like mid 3000's should be entirely possible and man, the BC on them is plenty to get out to 500 or so. Plus, they would dig pretty deep when they hit. I am not sure much would be gained over the 150 PT, but it would be fun to try them.
     
  14. Elkhunter1983

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    Have any load data for the 165's what kind of speeds are you getting out of them?