Most accurate hunting bullet

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by jon12, Apr 4, 2004.

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  1. jon12

    jon12 Well-Known Member

    Jan 24, 2004
    Im looking for a bullet to try in my new 270 WSM. I want to use the most accurate non-premium hunting buller there is. I dont need any bonded or partitioned or anything, since it will just be for deer, and i dont want any paper punching type bullets like matchking. My max range will probably be about 300 yrds. I want a 130 gr. bullet.

    What characteristics should i go for, or stay away from. I know boattails have higher B.C.s but are they usually more accurate? How about the polymer tip? How about a canalure?

    I have heard and actually seen that the regular old cheap plain flatbase softpoint hornady interlock bullets are hard to be for accuracy as a hunting bullet as long as there will be no extreme range shots. What is yalls experience? I was also thinking about the hornady SST since its the same bullet only ads the plastic tip and boat tail, but have had old-timers tell me to just go with the regular interlock. I have also looked at the nosler ballistic tip, but it is alittle more expensive. i just wanna know what the most accurate one will be.

    Thanks for any help.
  2. sakofan

    sakofan Well-Known Member

    Apr 17, 2003
    Sorry, but the mighty Sierra Match King is the bullet your looking for, friend.
    Iam sure others here will respond in kind..LOL [​IMG]

    I also like the Barnes TSX bullets. IF your rifle will shoot them. So do, some dont...sakofan..
  3. Guest

    Guest Guest

    SMKS get my vote
  4. dakor

    dakor Well-Known Member

    Mar 4, 2004
    I would try the Hornady 130 SST. We just shot them a few hours ago in my dads 270 WSM and they shoot great. My dad has used a SST in his 300 win mag for the last two years and My buddy has used them in his 7MM STW also. All the deer they have shot ranging anywhere from 25 yards to 500 yards dropped in their tracks with one shot. They seem to hold up real well even at close shots and for $18.00 for a box of 100 I dont think you can go wrong. [​IMG]
  5. Brent

    Brent Well-Known Member

    Jun 12, 2001

    Sirra Gameking.

    One observation though; You're not interested in using a SMK on Deer but, you consider the poly tip rapid expanding bullets? I'm going out on a limb here maybe, but the non-bonded poly tip bullets are probably less effective at holding up than the SMK is...
  6. Quarterbore

    Quarterbore Well-Known Member

    Jan 31, 2003
    I've had great success with the Nosler Ballistic tips and Combined Technolgy Ballistic Silver Tips. They both have high BCs and are very devastating on any game. On larger game, trust the partition to get the job done. As far Match bullets for hunting deer, they will kill, but my experience with Sierra MKs, I would not recommend. However, interesting enough Hornady Amax's have worked for me on whitetail with very good results.
    Are you Reloading or Buying Factory Ammo?
  7. jon12

    jon12 Well-Known Member

    Jan 24, 2004
    I'm handloading, and yes i looked at amax but at least in the recent cabelas shooting catalog i have they dont offer one in 270 at all, and i imagine if they did it would be heavier than 130, maybe 135 like matchking which would be fine but i wouldnt want any heavier.

    Another question...

    You mentioned the CT Ballistic Silver tips...

    I bought 4 boxes of those in factory loads, mostly for the brass and have shot about 1 1/2. The accuracy is about an inch so far, but....

    I am worried about the moly coating. I have read of moly buildup in barrels destroying accuracy. I have been brushing with solvent every 3 shots or so since i got it, and i will definately stop using moly coated bullets once my four boxes are empty, but will harm my barrel shooting all of these? Should i keep cleaning frequently until theyre all shot up? Should i use some cleaning compound like JBs to try to get it all out?

  8. RuffHewn

    RuffHewn Well-Known Member

    May 14, 2003
    Jon, the coating on the BST is not moly, and brake cleaner removes it from your bore very easily.

    Since you have limited the bullets that can be suggested, Ballistic Tips. But given the .270WSM potential velocity with heavier higher BC bullets I would try the 150 gr BT. At 300 yds on whitetails it really does not matter but close the 150 gr would penetrate better and would loose it's velocity slower and have less wind deflection at long range.

    What you have been told about flat base bullets being more accurate than boattails is true but only is important if you wish to reduce your 100 yd group by every .0001" possible. At long range the higher BC of the boattail will help you.

    If I might offer one additional piece of advice, just try the 135 gr Match King on wet newsprint at 300 yds or perhaps a goat or sheep for your freezer.
  9. Ceejack2

    Ceejack2 Well-Known Member

    Dec 28, 2001
    Have you thought about the Scirocco Swifts?
  10. 30-378shtr

    30-378shtr Member

    Apr 6, 2004
    J36 from Lost River Ballistic Technologies. Check out their website, the ballistic coeffecients are amazing.
    I use them exclusively in my long range 30-378 wby and 300 rem ultra. They are unbelievably accurate and deadly. Have shot several elk and Coues with them. lrbt
  11. jb1000br

    jb1000br Well-Known Member

    Jul 8, 2003
    I guess those bullets finally found a gun they can shoot out of!! [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]

    In sticking to the title of the thread-->SMK

  12. deergrunt

    deergrunt Well-Known Member

    Feb 19, 2003
    Hornady A-max over SMK every day of the week and twice on Sundays. You owe it to the deer to use the best. [​IMG]
  13. bblaine2k

    bblaine2k Well-Known Member

    Jun 25, 2003
    Let me put down another vote for Sierra Match Kings!

    I despise the CT Ballistic Silvertips.

    Two stories illustrate my point.

    Story 1. 7 STW with 140 grn. CT Ballistic Silvetips, deer at 100 lasered yards. Angling away from me I shot 4 inches forward of the last rib on the right side. Deer collapsed and died but bullet penetration was pathetic, maybe 8 inches from the wound channel and stopped in the liver. A better bullet would've went further up into the chest cavity.

    Story 2. 7 mm Remington Ultra Mag, 278 lasered yards, whitetail deer headed downhill. 168 grain Sierra Match King tore through the base of the neck, through the spine and out the opposing shoulder. Deer died instantly.

    SMK's are all that I'll use at long range. Great accuracy.
  14. Mysticplayer

    Mysticplayer Well-Known Member

    Jul 27, 2001
    For me the Hornady SST is superb. Just keep impact vel under 2800fps and you will have excellent success. The Interbonds are also very accurate, pricier, maybe more retained weight, same red box...

    Nosler BT are very accurate but I know the Hornady's hold together better. Use the heaviest weight you can find, 150gr SST would be my choice.