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Location: new brunswick
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130 gr or 150 gr for 270 win??

i suppose this will be just for the 270 fans out there. just wondering which bullet you's perfer for whitetail deer? lighter and faster or more punch???

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Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
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130 gr or 150 gr for 270 win??

I hunt in the wide open spaces out west. I use a Winchester M-70 in 270win. for deer size game. 130's are it's favorite. Sierra Game KIng for this gun. For larger game I go with a minimum of 180gr in other rifles.. Well place shots do the trick every time. I know that some of you will knock this bullet, but I have only had perfect results. Very accurate and consistent.

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130 gr or 150 gr for 270 win??

Either one will work great. What I would do is see which one is the most accurate in your gun and use it.

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130 gr or 150 gr for 270 win??

Having compared the two weights using ballistic tables, I'm not sure that you have that much more punch with the 150's beyond 200 yards. I used to use 130's only on deer and pronghorn and 150's only on elk. To keep things simple I took to using 130grain Grand Slams on everything I hunt and find the 130's to be plenty good for everything I hunt, including elk out to 200 yards.

I reload mine for high velocity ( around 3090 ft/sec) out of my 22 inch barrel. I use 130 grain Speer Grand Slam bullets. I've been very happy with them over the years. Worked up my loads to shoot 1inch to 1.5 inch groups at 100 yrds.

Something to keep in mind is that the 130 grain ballistic info (3060 ft/sec) for factory loads is based on a 24 inch barrel. Most sporters used for hunting have a 22 inch barrel and that means a total loss in velocity of around 140 ft/sec if you use factory ammo.

From the information I gather it seems that the original old-time factory loading for the 130 grain .270Win from the 1920's to about the early 1960's was a over 3100 ft/sec out of a 22 inch barrel. That's quite a bit hotter than the current SAAMI specs. In fact some early users of the .270 claimed that it damaged too much meat when used on deer at close range. I guess most deer hunters back then were still used to using the .30-30 Yes

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Location: Kitchener-Waterloo, ON
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130 gr or 150 gr for 270 win??

130 grain, that's the concensus in my deer camp. One guy tried the 100gr. and he said they didn't group well. I wouldn't be concerned too much about energy, if a 55gr bullet from a 22-250 can drop a deer with one shot the 270 can carry that energy out further then most people would be able to accuratly hit.

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Location: GRANDA HILLS CAL
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130 gr or 150 gr for 270 win??

I own 2 rifles in 270 Win. I have only used 130 grain bullets and they work quite well. I have taken a few deer and one pigand a couple of coyotes. They never ran very far after hit. I am thinking maybe the farthest any one ran was 30 yards or so.

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130 gr or 150 gr for 270 win??

split the diference get 139 or 140 grain bullets for it.

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130 gr or 150 gr for 270 win??

I've owned a couple of .277 diameter rounds. Never had a big favor to them but have read and own several of Jack O'Connor's books. He certainly liked the 130's and used them on a variety of game. If I was a devoted 270win fan. I would be swayed toward the 130's. Especially with the bullet choices that are currently available.
On the other hand. A good friend has been using a 270wsm exclusively for the last 5 or 6 yrs. and prefers the 150's in the Winchester Ballistic Silver tip for everything in the Northwest. I might say. With great success, from Blacktail to Roosevelts.
If I were to go to a middle ground 140gr. It would be to use a Trophy Bonded Bear Claw on a critter with a thick hide or heavy bones when those close up and personnal shots are the neccessity.

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130 gr or 150 gr for 270 win??

About 2 years ago Speer posted a reload recipe on the reload page of their website. It was for 140 gr Trophy Bonded Bear Claws in .270 Win. Not sure if it's still there. Again, still don't see the point of using that particular bullet in a .270. Any game that is tough and heavy enough to need a bonded bullet like the Bear Claw and you should be using a bigger large bore gun. I'm a big fan of the .270 Win. In fact it's my favorite biggame hunting cartridge and I've used it almost exclusively for years. However I will admit that it is not the most versatile cartridge as far as your choices in bullet weight goes.