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130 Gr. Elk

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by Howa757, Sep 19, 2019.

  1. Howa757

    Howa757 Member

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    Hey
    I’m new to the forum here. Just curious if anyone here has used 130gr Hotcors on elk sized game and how the results were. I have them for my 270 and 7-08.
     
  2. mustanger98

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    Plenty of folks will tell you how great the 130grainers are in their .270's... I haven't seen it perform up to the game I've heard talked. I saw pretty lackluster results another guy got on several deer. I've seen 150gr .270's work better than 130's and as good as anything else. Elk is a much bigger animal than deer. No experience with a 7mm-08, so no comment there. Placement is important with anything.
     
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  3. Howa757

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    Thanks for the info! So far mine likes the 130’s for accuracy, but I just didn’t know how much t would live up to killing an elk.
     
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  4. DocRock

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    I've killed a number of elk and been in a fair few elk camps. I'm a big fan of the 270 Win. 130 grs will kill an elk. But so will a 22 lr if our in the right place. Were I hunting with a 270, and I dont - I use 30-06 180s for elk - it would be with 150s.
     
  5. Howa757

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    Thanks!
     
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    I've been less than impressed with the 130s in the .270, they do fine, but I'd rather have a 150 at 2850-2900, or a 140/145 at 3k. Most of what I've seen shot are smaller than an Elk also.
    I'd also recommend more bullet weight when using any Speer, besides a gold dot maybe, they tend to be on the softer side. The hotcores should be tougher than the btsps, still tho....
     
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  7. Howa757

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    Hey thanks for the info that is good to know about those hotcors. I will just keep them for a deer only load then and avoid bigger game.
     
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  8. Captcurt

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    I am a big fan of the 270 and HotCors, but I have only used them on deer and pronghorn. If I was to use a 270 I would go to a 150gr. Partition and a 160 Partition in the 7-08. The lighter bullets would be fine if you can get the right angle on the game, but a heavier bullet will get you better penetration on a raking shot. The Partition is the bullet on which all other bullets are judged. There may be better ones, but you can't argue with success.
     
  9. Chuck R.

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    I've killed a few over 30 deer, 3 wild boar, and 4 chamois with 130s in a .270 and never lost an animal, nor did any require a 2nd shot that were hit right the 1st time.

    If you've read any Jack O'Connor, he killed more animals and of greater variety than probably anybody on the planet living or deceased with a .270 and he favored the 130 grain. This quote is out of Ken Waters Pet loads and gives an idea of the man's experience with the.270:

    Now personally I'd use a bigger caliber on elk and IF I was to use a .270 I'd use a premium 150 grn, but I've got a lot less experience than the guy I quoted had.
     
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    Use the Hot-Cor's for load development and training, and then switch to the Nosler Partition for the field.




    GR
     
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  11. Zoer

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    I have killed Elk with other calibers than the 270 ,, and taken a number a of deer, antelope with the .270 …. Without any experience killing Elk with the 270 and a 130 grain bullet I would guess a good shot in the boiler room would most defiantly work. a bad shot with a 270 on an Elk will be a trail of tears
     
  12. H&Hhunter

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    As is a bad shot with any caliber. I am not a fan of light for caliber billets on elk. But a bad shot is a bad shot no matter the caliber or bullet weight.
     
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  13. Riomouse911

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    The all copper 130s hold their weight and don’t expand as much, so a lot of more experienced people than I say they perform like heavier bullets. I’d still use a heavier .270 bullet even if all copper like the Barnes 140 gr tsx...

    Stay safe.
     
  14. H&Hhunter

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    I made a bad shot on a big bodied bull elk yesterday morning with a .300 Dakota using 180 Gr TTSX bullets.

    I hit him fairly far back and got nothing but gut. He trotted off and bedded down. We thought he was dead.

    He was very much alive an hour later when I jumped him out of his bed. I was down in a gully and I couldn’t see him when he jumped and fortunately my buddy who was shooting a .30-06 with 150 Gr bullets was able to pop him from over 400 yards twice as he started to disappear into a creek bottom.

    His shooting was spectacular! And he hit a moving elk twice in the lungs from a seated position with his trusty old 06 from over 400 yards. He killed the bull with good shooting and light for caliber bullets. I wounded him with tons of horse power a heavy bullet and a lousy shot.

    Kind of goes to what we were talking about in this thread.

    BTW

    I’ve killed a pile of elk over the years. I own my lousy shot. It was 100% my fault.
     
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  15. DocRock

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    Anyone that has hunted much has made a bad shot, whether they are willing to admit it or not. Sounds like phenomenal shooting from your friend. I think he deserves the fangs!
     
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  16. H&Hhunter

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    It was phenomenal shooting! He gets the fangs and the tenderloins!
     
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  17. H&Hhunter

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    Look for a write up on this hunt later today.
     
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  18. Peakbagger46

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    And hopefully a rear quarter of he helped you pack.
     
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  19. Boattale

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    I would feel just fine using .270 Federal Premium Trophy Bonded Ballistic Tip 130 grain on elk. They are too tough for deer - need a faster opener for the smaller game.

    My 130 grain deer round is Wiinchester Ballistic Silver Tip. They shoot well from my rifle and performance is flawless. Deer sometimes stand there and just fall over. Other times a jump and two or three kicks and fall over. Now and again one will take off like greased lightning for 30 or 40 yards and then fall over. Never had to track a deer shot with that round.

    Coincidentally and conveniently, the Federal Bonded round shoots to almost the same POI at 100 yards.
     
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