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270 winchester handload for deer/antelope

Anyone handload their 270 for deer and antelope? I am just starting to reload and am going to try and develop a load to use this year on antelope and on deer in future years. Any suggestions on powder, bullets etc.

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Nosler 130 grain Ballistic

Nosler 130 grain Ballistic Tip, 52.5 grains of IMR4350 and a CCI 200 primer.

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IMR 4350

GooseHunter Jr wrote:

Nosler 130 grain Ballistic Tip, 52.5 grains of IMR4350 and a CCI 200 primer.

I've got some IMR 4350 and since my 4831 loads didn't work out as planned I'm gonna give this a try. Thanks

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That load would be tough to beat

But, if you want something really specialized for antelope, consider the 100 grain Hornady Spire Point and a stiff charge of IMR 4064.  Will get you up in the mid 3300s and they're cheap and accurate.  But, that being said, Ballistic Tips are tough to beat for deer and antelope loads.  And you can get them in 140 and 150 grains too.

If you want a slightly tougher bullet, consider the 140 Sierra HPBT GameKing.  Gonna try those this year on deer in my buddy's .270.  130 grain Sierra ProHunters and H4831 will shoot way under a half inch in my buddy's bone stock Rem 700 ADL.

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+1 on the Sierra Gamekings.

+1 on the Sierra Gamekings. They seem to do more damage with bigger entrance and exit holes, ie.. easier tracking. The BT can be finicky at times. You can't go wrong with the Gamekings.

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Thanks... I'll take that into

Thanks... I'll take that into account. But shouldn't the entrance hole be the same diameter no matter what bullet you're using Confused

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Most of the time, yes but not

Most of the time, yes but not necessarily. Sometimes the GK will blow out the entrance hole, especially when it hits squarely on a rib. I've had this happen and the mushroomed bullet be lodged in the skin on the other side of the animal.

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dad is using the 140 gr Nosler Accubond in his 270 for goats this year. He's was consistently getting 1/2 to 3/4 inch groups in his Marlin XL7. Don't remember the powders he's using but I'll ask when I see him.

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I wish nosler would start

I wish nosler would start making the accubond in a 150 gr bullet. That Iwould be the round to go to.

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I used my .270 this year for

I used my .270 this year for antelopem hunting with the 140 grain Accubond.  Boy did that load do a number on them, see antelope section.  I would bet to think they would do a great job on deer and I would not be afriad to use them on an elk....that be it if something goes wrong with my .338.

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After a lot of "back to the

After a lot of "back to the drawing board" moments, I have finally developed my load for antelope this year. I say this year because I know that I can improve on it next year. I was hoping to find a load where I could push a 130 grain rapid expansion bullet to 3100 fps and still get sub-moa groups. Well I didn't quite get there but it will be good enough for this year. My load is 53.0 grains of imr4350 behind a 130 grain ballistic silver tip. I am only averaging 2950 fps out of it but the darn thing shoots like crazy. I will post a picture of some of its groups shortly. It isn't quite as hot as I wanted it but I can get it there next year by messing with seating depth I think.

Thanks everybody for your suggestions! I really appreciate it.

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