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"Varmint" Loads for .270

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by GinSlinger, Dec 31, 2002.

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  1. GinSlinger

    GinSlinger Member

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    First, I did a search a TFL and Load-Your-Own for this info and came up snake-eyes.

    Considering the fact that I hunt in the Texas Hill Country where our deer are on the small side (Just ask Art) I have decided to load a lighter bullet for hunting. The addition to this is that it will make my range time a little easier (I usually shoot 40-60 rounds at a session). I am looking for verified loads with 90-110 grain projectiles (I am thinking Sierra). I am hoping to have good energy out to 250yds (not many shots possible in this area past that) and scaliable (sp?) from coon up to our little deer. The reload manuals aren't very helpful with respect to drop other than Barnes, and I DON'T want a solid projectile. Thanks in Advance,

    GinSlinger

    Edited to add:

    Winchester Power Point Plus are far too much for our deer at 100yds, hence why I am looking for something lighter and more likely to expand.
     
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  2. HSMITH

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    Well, never tried it in a 270, but I did have a lot of luck with Sierra 100 grain gamekings in a 25-06 loaded to warp speed. From prairie dogs to mule deer they worked pretty well. One thing to keep in mind when light or lightly constructed bullets are used is that a broadside or quartering away shot is the only acceptable shot on a deer sized animal. They simply won't hold together on a shot that hits big bones unless they are of a solid construction. Even with a perfect broadside shot I did not have the bullets exit when the shot was inside of 175 yards, inside of 75 yards there was not much bullet to recover either.
     
  3. Delmar

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    Interesting proposition-my buddy has used a 270 Win in a Remington 700 for years and years, but got tired of the 130 grain ballistic tips tearing up so much of the animal, so I suggested he go up in grain weight and it helped in both that regard and in accuracy. He did try some 100 grain bullets against my advise and lost accuracy and penetration. The bullets were blowing up on any small bone they encountered.
    I hunt in the hill country too and while the deer might be smaller, they are no less tough to put down at times!
     
  4. GinSlinger

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    Delmar--Did your buddy push those bigger loads to max velocity? Maybe slowing down a larger projectile won't take its toll as much as the box of 150grns I went through. Thanks

    GinSlinger
     
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