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the 270 for elk?

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by txcookie, Jan 13, 2013.

  1. txcookie

    txcookie Well-Known Member

    I have been reading on this lately and have discovered this to be a rather touchy topic. While some say its just not enough , other simply swear by it and claim the 270 as an Ideal cartridge. It certainly has the numbers to back it up with both 130, or 150 grain bullets as it shoots fast and hits hard.

    I recently got a rem CDL in 270 and it shoots 130 cor lokts so well that my confidence with this rifle is higher than any other. No elk hunts planned but its nice to study upon this.

    Let me know your opinions on this and better yet experience
  2. fdashes

    fdashes Well-Known Member

    good bullet and good bullet placement=good dead elk. Tell people the 270 is the perfect caliber often enough and it will eventually become fact.
  3. browningguy

    browningguy Well-Known Member

    I think the .270 is just fine, although if I was going on an elk hunt I would prefer a 140 gr. high quality bullet, just in case the angle of the shot wasn't perfect.
  4. fdashes

    fdashes Well-Known Member

    I don't think the 270 is just fine but I do think it's ok. I also don't think a 140 grain bullet will make up for an imperfect 130 grain shot. Just my opinion and I do know and understand what you are saying
  5. The_Armed_Therapist

    The_Armed_Therapist Well-Known Member

    The .270 will easily do the trick, plain and simple.

    Someone recently posted on here (I think it was on here...) a video of a woman taking an elk at 600 yard or so with a .243. It was pretty much down and out when it got hit. Use a .270 within decent ranges, and the elk doesn't stand a chance.
  6. climbnjump

    climbnjump Well-Known Member

    I agree and have used both 140 gr AccuBond and 140 gr Barnes TSX on elk.
  7. Fremmer

    Fremmer Well-Known Member

    A lot of people successfully use the 140-150 grain rounds on elk every year.
  8. txcookie

    txcookie Well-Known Member

    I am a recovering bowholic and when shooting at big game can only see from an archers perspective. IF my pse set at 60 pounds can drive a XX75 arrow thru an elks vitals at 45-50 yards then my 270 should be able to drive a 130 grain corlokt home out to 400 right??? this yr I tooK 2 hogs and a deer with the new 270. All pass thrus all shots were inbetween 90 to 120 yards. hogs were 150ish and 100ish. The 270 seemed everybit as devistating as my 30.06.
    Last edited: Jan 13, 2013
  9. Kachok

    Kachok Well-Known Member

    In the 270 caliber I would opt for a bonded or partitiond bullet, prefrably in 140gr-160gr. Accubonds, Trophy Bonded Bear Claw, or Partitions would be my first choice. It is hard to go too heavy a bullet on elk class game.
  10. c.latrans

    c.latrans Well-Known Member

    Literally TONS of elk meat have come home in the back of my pick up that were laid low by various measly .270's, including some very big bodied bulls. I shot my first elk at age 12 with a .270, and many more fell to it until I grew up and started buying my own toys. My son shot a .270 growing up, my daughter and wife still do. Pop them through the lungs with a 150 grain Nosler partition and start figuring out how to get the truck as close as you can!
  11. gspn

    gspn Well-Known Member

    It's plenty. I have an old friend who has hunted elk his whole life...he's a former member of the Wyoming game and fish commission no less...a lifelong accomplished hunter...he used a .257 Roberts on every one of them and never lost one.

    Having said that...know your gun, know yourself, and take shots you know you can make.
  12. natman

    natman Well-Known Member

    I would prefer a bit more bullet weight and frontal area, so I wouldn't pick a 270 as an elk rifle, but if that's what I had I'd load some 150 grain premium bullets and go hunting.
  13. Captcurt

    Captcurt Well-Known Member

    Horse Feathers.

    I like big calibers, but most people who claim that a 270 is too small for elk, have never shot one with any caliber. With the proper bullet and bullet placement a 270 will work fine.
  14. Lupinus

    Lupinus Well-Known Member

    There are also people who think you can't shoot a deer with anything less than a 300wsm too.

    Deer and elk are not armor plated, you just have to poke a sufficient hole in the right spot. .270 is perfectly capable. .243...capable but defiantly stretching it.
  15. WYOMan

    WYOMan Well-Known Member

    .270 for elk? Why not?? You can use more, but you don't NEED to.
  16. avs11054

    avs11054 Well-Known Member

    I've heard that as a rule of thumb, 1200 ft/lbs of energy is the minimum needed to kill and elk. The right .270 bullets provide that energy at 400 yards. The only gun my dad ever used to hunt elk was a 270. He took numerous elk with it. This coming fall will most likely be the first time I've elk hunted in 10 years. I planned on using his .270, but recently bought a .308, so I will be using that instead.
  17. txcookie

    txcookie Well-Known Member

    I see alot of talk on the right bullet. My rifle clovers 130 grain core lokts. If I limit myself to broadside shots shouldnt that work just fine? I avoid bones even on hogs and whitetails so shooting for lungs is nothing new for me.
  18. Fremmer

    Fremmer Well-Known Member

    If the manufacturer says to use for elk, then go for it.
  19. TexasPatriot.308

    TexasPatriot.308 Well-Known Member

    the 7mm (7x57) 7mm-08, .308, .257 Roberts are plenty enough...there is just so much a fad trend for magnums and wsms cause "hunters" read too much and watch too many "hunting shows". the 30-06 will do it all, but todays "hunters" are just real gullible.
  20. c.latrans

    c.latrans Well-Known Member

    Respectfully, you are planning for the perfect situation, which rarely happens (to me, anyway) when actually elk hunting. You are shooting a very good bullet, and I have no doubt that a broadside shot to the vitals would result in a very dead elk in short order. Consider, though, that you have spent a bunch of money to set up this shot......350 yards quartering away.....or looking back over his shoulder at you in the timber at 75 yards giving you the opening to slip a bullet in ahead of the hip, but behind the ribs. You have the accuracy and trajectory to pull these shots off easily. But, when the bullet arrives, it may have to penetrate a very big paunch, full of pounds and pounds of wet, heavy, partially digested veggies before it even gets to the lungs.....and in this situation, you are likely to hit only one lung. This might end in a very different result. I have killed them with many calibers, including a .243 shooting 100 grain Nosler partitions. Yeah, I am partial to this bullet. In fact, I shoot it almost exclusively in the .300 Win. mag I have used to shoot elk for the last 20 years. I know from experience that I can shoot a bull quartering away as described and have plenty of energy left to lodge in the brisket or blow through. Couple that with the fact that you don't NEED extreme accuracy when hunting elk as they have a great big vital area to shoot at. IMHO, if I were in your situation, I would experiment a little and try to find a load shooting a premium 150 grain bullet that your rifle likes. Money well spent, in my view. Plus, its fun! Good luck, either way!

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