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270 load for up close and personal

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by wamj2008, Aug 22, 2010.

  1. wamj2008

    wamj2008 Well-Known Member

    I'm using my XL7 in 270 to shoot Whitetail in the Maine woods. Most shots would be about 25-100 yards. I've read in some places that the 130 gr has too much velocity for shorter range shots, that there is too much meat damage when it smacks the deer. Would you recommend 150 gr in my case? (Note: Alas, I don't handload.)
  2. dakotasin

    dakotasin Well-Known Member

    if 100 yards is about as far as you're going to shoot, 150's are the way to go. even if 300 is as far as you're going to shoot, 150's will deliver the mail just fine.
  3. gun guy

    gun guy Well-Known Member

    Call Hornady, ask about their limited opening gmx bullet, explain your situation, they will custom load any of their fine bullets to your needs. While it might be a little pricey, one box will bag 20 deer, so thats not so bad. Or perhaps they can suggest one of their factory loads.
    Good luck
  4. Art Eatman

    Art Eatman Administrator Staff Member

    Back when I used a .270, all I ever used was 130s. Bambi never seemed to care. I probably used CoreLokts before I went to rolling my own, using the 130-grain Bronze Points. Either one was okay. Most shots, as I vaguely recall, were in the 50- to 80-yard range, give or take some...
  5. Grumulkin

    Grumulkin Well-Known Member

    If you're worried about meat damage and are close, you might consider shooting them in the head or neck. My go to bullets for the 270 & deer are 130 gr. Remington Core Lokts.
  6. R.W.Dale

    R.W.Dale Well-Known Member

    Doesn't Remington offer a managed recoil load for 270?

    If so one of the side effects to less velocity and energy should be less meat destruction.
  7. DIM

    DIM Well-Known Member

    I shot one buck with 270 at about 50 yards with 130 gr Sierra Game King, just above the heart, it penetrate both lungs and a liver got scratched. The exit wound was the size of the quarter not a lot damage to the meat. I think back then I used RE-22 to its max, like 60 grains. This load supposed to push 130 gr SGK at 3100+ fps
  8. wamj2008

    wamj2008 Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the info. My gun seems to prefer the 130's so I'm glad to see it. I'll look into the managed recoil loads.
  9. Justin Holder

    Justin Holder Well-Known Member

    My .270's barrel has not nor ever will be contaminated by 150 grain bullets.
  10. ColeK

    ColeK Well-Known Member

    I would use what ever shot best in your rifle.
    I’ve used 130’s, 140’s, and 150’s. They all will killed deer if you go your part.
    I think the 130’s got a bad rep back in old days when we didn’t have as good of bullets as we have today.
    The last deer I shot with my .270 was a 125 pound doe that was running flat out. I shot her at about 15 yards with a 130 gr Hornady Lite Mag SST. I had chron’ed some of these and they were doing about 3150 fps from my 22” barrel. I hit her right behind the shoulder. She slides to a stop on her belly, rolls over, goes into a death spin, and sprays blood over everything within 10 feet.
    I had to part the hair the find the entrance hole and the exit hole was about size of a ballpoint pen. The bullet in between two ribs and exited through a rib and everything in between was blood soup.
  11. chas08

    chas08 Well-Known Member

    What he said...If the 130s shoot good stick with them.
  12. Captcurt

    Captcurt Well-Known Member

    No problem.

    I have probably taken 35 or 40 whitetails, 1 mulie and 2 pronghorn with 130 grainers. I had some 150s loaded for elk but only took a mulie and a whitetail with them. Shots ranged fom 15-400 yds. Most under 50.
  13. CoRoMo

    CoRoMo Well-Known Member

    :evil: I like that! You'll have to cope with the fact that I plan to use that line hence forth. If I were a bullet, I would be .277" in diameter and 130 grains in weight.:D Jack O'Connor thinks I am overly infatuated with the .270 Winchester cartridge.:cool:

    I have more than just one rifle in .270 and I handload. The closest shot I've ever taken with one, dropped a mule deer at about 75 feet. That particular bullet was horribly flimsy and flew apart, devastating that deer. A more well constructed bullet would have been better.
    Last edited: Aug 24, 2010
  14. Fremmer

    Fremmer Well-Known Member

    I think any regular soft point 130 grain will work just fine.
  15. Art Eatman

    Art Eatman Administrator Staff Member

    And nuthin' hurts meat if you don't shoot the eatin' part...

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