270 Winchester Ammo


musky hunter
May 27, 2003, 10:37 AM
Hi, well my setup is now complete. I have to find some ammo now. I have a Sako Finnbear in 270 Win mounted with a Bushnell 3-9x 3200 Fast Focus Scope. What is a good all around load? I have no expereince with rifles. I will be hunting large varmints, coyotes, and deer. I am looking at the winchester and remingto Super X and express line of cartidges.

For my Black bear hunts i will use Win. Supreme Fail Safe 140gr or Win Supreme Partition Gold 150 gr. These ammo are too costly for regular shooting.

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May 27, 2003, 10:30 PM
I'd go with Winchester Ballistic Silver-Tips. Great accuracy, rapid expansion, easily give Mr. (or Mrs.) Coyote a very bad day. :D

As for general range ammo the 130 gr Power Point should come close enough to the 130 gr BST to make sighting in a bit cheaper. I've had bad luck with the normal "Super X" Silver tips at the range. The groups would always open up an inch and would be and inch or two lower than the same weight Power point. Prolly has something to do with the flat nose of the Silver-Tip getting damaged in some maner before it gets into the chamber.

Always a good idea to play with your actual hunting ammo at the range a few times just to be sure the zero is on target too. :D

May 28, 2003, 12:59 AM
i use win x 150 grains, i shoot them better than the 130's i've shot. plain jane for me, it does the job.

May 28, 2003, 02:16 AM
For coyote or varmints, pretty much anything will do... 130 Winchester Power Points will kill a coyote exactly as dead as any premium ammo. The VMaxes or Ballistic Tips will be a bit more spectacular if that's your thing.

I have a friend of mine load me up the Hornady SSTs at a reduced velocity - about 2700fps. Hornady loads these but you'd be lucky to find them locally. Natchez sells them for 13.89 per 20. The SST is an excellent bullet. Decisive on game - though I've never taken ANYTHING with an SST in 270, my loading buddy swears by them in 270 and 25-06. He's taken mule deer and pronghorn at extended ranges with his 25-06 and swears he has a friend in Wyoming that took a large elk at nearly 300 yards with a 270 SST and it flopped over dead... Not a suggestion, just a story. The SSTs are also extremely accurate. The same friend is a competitive long range shooter and uses the 117 Gr in his 25-06 heavy rifle.


May 28, 2003, 06:46 PM
I like Hornady Light Magnum's in .270 Winchester.

Here are the specs;


Muzzle 100yds 200yds 300yds 400yds 500yds
3100 2894 2697 2508 2327 2155


Muzzle 100yds 200yds 300yds 400yds 500yds
2987 2604 2261 1955 1684 1443


100yds 200yds 300yds 400yds 500yds
1.37 -0- - 6.32 -18.30 -36.61

I am not sure what other manufacturer's factory hunting ammo is capable of in 270, but these specs are extremely impressive to me from a deer hunter's perspective.

Also, I can personally attest to how well they work. I drop deer dear consistently with this ammo and have not been as successfull with other brands, including fail safe's.

May 28, 2003, 06:53 PM
Don't get me wrong, I ain't dising Super-X power points. They are in my experience way more accurate than Super-X Silver Tips. Very good accuracy actually. :D

I've never shot an animal with Power points though, although I'm sure they expand just fine. I've always used the Super-X Silver Tips till I releazed just how inconsistant they can be. Switched to Ballistic sivler-tips for the 270 this year and haven't shot anything with them either, but I have used them in my .308 with great results. This deer season the 270 BSTs will get a trial and I can report on that.

To restate, the Super-X Power Point are indeed very accurate and will easily take game up to and prolly including elk. I just perfer the Ballistic Silver tips. YMMV. :D

musky hunter
May 29, 2003, 09:35 AM
i will buy some BST in 130gr and Fail-Safe 140 gr and try. I have heard some problems with 150gr partition and deer. It says the bullet is too strong and doesnt expand fast enough. They recommend partition for black nbear and elk.

May 29, 2003, 04:07 PM
You guy's need to think seriously about reloading. I don't know how anyone can aford to shoot enough using factory stuff besides by reloading you can tailor the load to what the rifle likes.
I have been loading since the late 60's and I was kinda suprised that they still make factory ammo.

May 29, 2003, 11:17 PM
well i'm 20 and goin to college, livin at home. parents not into guns, and i don't have any space to reload. dunno if i'll ever get married and get my own home, so dunno if i'll ever be able to reload :(

May 30, 2003, 10:24 AM
I like both Federal Premiums and Hornady. Both make ammo in High Energy (Fed) and Light Magnums (Hornady), but faster velocities aside, the key is using good bullets, not necessarily the usual factory suspects.
Federal Premium, Remington Premier, and Winchester Supreme all load ammo using premium bullets from different manufacturers such as Nosler, Hornady, Sierra, Trophy Bonded, Combined Technologies (Nosler/Winchester partnership) Swift, and Speer.
Years ago, calibers that would be considered marginal for some hunting applications, are entirely suitable today because of the bullets.
With proper bullet/ammo selection, your .270 Win. can do anything that needs done in North America.

May 30, 2003, 10:32 AM

dunno if I'll ever get married and get my own home, dunno if I'll ever reload.

A piece of advice for ya, get your home, guns and reloading stuff bought and set up before you get married. That way they know what they're getting into. Then ya won't have to worry about budget battles when you want to buy the latest beauty featured in the Guns magazine centerfold. :D :D :D

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