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270 (130 grain) Winchester supreme

I bought a box of 270 (130) grain winchester supremes a few months back. Are these too light for elk? Should I be looking for a 140 or 150 grain?

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They are a good bullet and

They are a good bullet and Elk are not the toughest animals, so it all comes down to shot placement. If you can hit the heart lung area the bullet will due the job. If you don't feel confident then move up in grains. Hope that helps! 

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I think you should be fine. 

I think you should be fine.  The bullet is a little light for me but I have killed elk with smaller.  My first elk was take with a 117 grain bullet from a .257 Roberts, and my dad years before me shot his first elk with the same gun and bullet weight...he was a nice 6x6 where mine was a cow.  Both went down with one shot.  So making a goos shot is the key, elk have big heavy bones so it helps to try and not hit one.  I use a 225 grain bullet know, but I definely would not hesitate to take the old .257 out for a walk if had to...we still take it along as a back up to the back up.  So make a well placed shpt and you will do just fine.  Where ya elk hunting...state wise?

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I wouldn't

i wouldn't use them.

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bullet construction?

Weight and caliber mean practically nothing.  It all depends on bullet construction and you didn't specify which 130 grain bullet

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The bullet is a Winchester

The bullet is a Winchester supreme. I believe it may the E-tips? I will be using the 7mm-08 as backup with 140 or 150 grain bullet. The 7mm-08 is a rem model7 and is shorter and lighter than the 270. Better for mountain hunint with backpack.

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you're fine if its an etip

If it's an all copper bullet like an etip, I'd say you're fine.  If its the Balllistic Silvertip, you should probably upgrade.  Though I'm a big believer in Ballistic Tips, I don't use them on elk typically.

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Why do you not use the

Why do you not use the ballistic tips on elk, out of curiosity?  I brought 180 grain Trophy Bonded Bear Claw's (30-06) for my elk hunt a few years back.  How are those?  I think I actually have most of them left... lol

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I like tougher construction on elk

Ballistic Tips are generally designed to open very fast.  I love those bullets on deer and antelope, but I tend to shoulder shoot elk with high velocity cartridges, which is a recipe for bullet failure with a lightly built bullet.  On the other hand, there are couple of Ballistic Tips that have been beefed up for various reasons.  Among those are the 150 .270, 120 and 150 7mm, 180 .308 and 180 8mm.  Those have much heavier jackets than what you would find on say the 130 270 or 140 7mm.  The Trophy Bonded Bear Claw is a great bullet and will do fine.

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Bullets

For Elk you really want a bonded bullet, so it will retain its weight, and not expload on impact.

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bonded?

buckykm1 wrote:

For Elk you really want a bonded bullet, so it will retain its weight, and not expload on impact.

Kevin

Hmmmm....interesting comment.  That's news to me.  Maybe I've been doing something wrong over the last 25 years cleanly harvesting elk with my .270 using 130 grain jacketed soft-points. I mean the toughest bullet I've ever used are the Speer Grand Slam and it's still considered a jacketed lead-core soft-point and it's worked beautifully on elk I've harvested over the last 15 years.  Used Remington Core Lokts in the years before I started using the Speers with full success too.  Never had any of my bullets explode on impact, even when shooting through the shoulder blades.  See many elk up there in MI?

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