.270 Moose/Deer load recommendations?


August 24, 2011, 09:43 AM
Hello from Vermont.

Looking for .270 Moose/Deer load recommendations

Shooting conditions:

5-year clear cut / whips, some hard woods. Majority of shots you could pull off are definitely within 120yds.

I moose and deer hunt in these conditions. I'm second shooter on a moose permit this year and would like to carry only one load for both moose + white tail. Does this seem reasonable? A load that would barely have any energy left after exiting would be ideal as I don't need to kill 3 animals in 1 shot. I understand a moose load might be a bit much for a deer, but i'm figuring a lighter well placed round for deer would suffice on a moose? Thoughts?

Thanks for your input!

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August 24, 2011, 10:03 AM
Barnes TSX or Nosler Partition sounds good. the partition may be better because i dont believe it will carry as far through as it sheds weight on impact. The TSX sheds energy on impact as it expands but retains weight so it may go through and through a Moose dependin on where it hits. Both are excelent choices though.

Do you handload?

August 24, 2011, 10:13 AM
I do not handload, however, I have a bunch of friends with .270 dies that do will for beer if I provide the primers/casings/bullets/powder. A lot of folks around here use nosler partitions. Any suggestions on bullets/powder/primer combos?

August 24, 2011, 10:36 AM
Here's some information that may be helpful.

Try www.hodgdon.com and use their reloading data center. I think there are lots of combinations that will work for you. Hopefully others will chime in and help you narrow down the options to a few proven combinations.

Both the Maine and New Hampshire Fish and Game departments have 270 Win on their list of recommended moose cartridges. Maine says any bullet 130 grain and up is good while New Hampshire recommends 150 and up with 2200 ft-lbs. of muzzle energy minimum and 2600 ft-lbs. adequate. Those goals are easy to meet with the 270 Winchester.

Good Luck.


August 24, 2011, 12:45 PM
Check these out:
They're pricey, but you don't reload and it sounds like this could be a quick thing for this year. I think Nosler Partitions would retain more shock for you on moose.

August 24, 2011, 12:50 PM
I've never been so fortunate to hunt moose, but I have killed elk and lots of deer with the .270 win. shooting my hand loads.
Here is what I loaded and it worked very well for both.
I used a 130 gr. Speer Hot Core BT with 58.0 grains. RL19. (3150 -3200 fps ) However, a moose is substantially heavier boned and in general more animal. So if I were hunting moose I would still stick to the 130 gr. bullet because it provides the velcotiy necesary for penetration, but I would likely go with one of Barns copper's or a Nosler Partition. It's often thought that a heavier bullet is necessary, but with the difference being 10 - 20 grains increase for the .270 win., I feel the gain in velocity with a well constructed 130 gr. projectile will fare much better.

August 24, 2011, 01:22 PM
the best shooting bullet that I found in my Ruger #1A in 270 Winchester by far was the 160 grain Nosler Partition so that would be my choice for anything in the 270

August 25, 2011, 07:26 AM
+1 on the 160 grain Nosler.
#1 big game hunting bullet in America for a reason you know.

August 25, 2011, 08:39 AM
I was thinking the 130 or 140 nosler partitions would make a nice bullet. Anyone done any workups with these?

August 25, 2011, 11:04 AM
Moose are big critters no doubt but they aren't as tough as most people think. The last one I shot was with my 7 mm mag, but the last one I witnessed being shot was my buddy shooting about 5 years ago. He shot it with a regular cheap .270 Remington Core Lokt 130 gr bullet. It was only about 60 yards away of course and standing broadside, so that made it easier. And that's the thing with moose most of the time. It's not difficult to get close to them. The moose just kinda paused for a couple seconds after getting shot, then took about 2 steps and just crumpled up right there. I would say any decent hunting bullet will work just fine.

Skivvy Master
August 25, 2011, 04:49 PM
130gr Sierra Match King SPBT
58gr of H4831sc
WLR primer

So far I have good results. I have 2 shots touching at 100yds.. but I want 3! ;)

P.S. I tried the Remington SP and Hornady SP both in 130 gr. Same / same everything but the bullet. The Hornady seemed like it had potential, (could have tried with +/-gr weights) but the Remington was all over the place. I shot the Sierra last, which performed well enough for me to put the others into long term / "visiting Friend" storage.

August 25, 2011, 06:30 PM
I've taken 3 bull moose with .270 140 gr. Nosler Partitions. One at 50 yds, 1 at 10 yds and 1 at close to 300 yds (the one in the photo). All dropped where they stood with one shot. These were reloads made by a friend so I can't tell you what powder he used or how much. I still have 14 of these bullets stashed somewhere out of the 20 he loaded for me (I had to use 3 to qualify for my first permit).

Talk about bringing back fond memories. :)


August 25, 2011, 07:21 PM
Almost any good 130-150gr bullet is perfectly fine for deer (130gr Ballistic tips come to mind) For moose I would persoanaly use something larger then my 270 but if it were my only option I would use the 160gr Partition. Second place is either the Accubond or TSX both are proven to drive deep.

August 25, 2011, 07:55 PM
+3 for the 160 Partition

August 25, 2011, 08:28 PM
My two favorite Deer loads for my 270's is a 130 Gr. Nosler partition and a Speer 130 Gr. Grand Slam. Both bullets are loaded with 57.0 Gr. (near a maximum load) of IMR 4831 powder. Both shoot M.O.A. and have taken several Deer.

For Moose, I would take the recommendation of the Nosler 160 Partition.

August 25, 2011, 08:56 PM
The most potent load listed in my Nosler manual for the 160gr Partition is 56gr of RL22. It is listed at 2828fps. It is also the most accuate load with that powder. That would probably be your best bet, though that is a max load so work up with caution.

August 26, 2011, 08:10 AM
If you don't reload, the Federal Fusion loads offer performance and a bonded bullet that will stay together, regardless of game taken. They offer 130gr and 150gr versions, and the heavier bullet will give you better penetration on the large bodied moose.
Like any load, they need to be accuracy verified in your particular rifle.



August 28, 2011, 08:43 AM
IMR 4350 with the 150 grain NP has worked for me on moose and deer. Sub MOA accuracy in my Ruger M-77. The 130 grain with IMR 4831 shoots with the same accuracy. I shot a large whitetail that was facing me making a scrape with the 130 NP at 90 yards. The bullet entered the neck just behind his brow tines and was found in the back of his rear hams. About 4 feet of penetration. The bullet expanded down to the internal partition, just like it was supposed to. I still have it for sentimental reasons.

August 28, 2011, 01:03 PM
Nosler 160 Partition, hard to find one better.

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