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270 Winchester handload for elk

I am just starting to handload for my 270 and was wondering if anyone has a pet load for their 270 for elk?

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I have a great load I worked

I have a great load I worked up over the summer...I will get home and post it up for you.

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Are you sold on a bullet?

I feel that the best bullet out there for elk is the 160 Nosler Partition.  But certainly most premium bullets will do great.  In non premium, I've loaded 150 Speer and Hornadys for people who have been happy with it.  I recommend you use H4831 if you're only going to try one powder, as that tends to be the best accuracy and velocity powder in the .270. H or IMR 4350 type powders will work well with the 130s if that's where you are leaning. Standard primers will be fine at those charge levels.  For the top velocity, but not always top accuracy, RL17 has been doing some good work for .270 guys.  Generally look for at least 50 fps faster than what IMR 4350 was doing for guys in the past.  The .270 has a nice long neck, and most factory rifles have a long enough throat and magazine box that allows you to seat your bullets pretty far out there for best accuracy. 

 59-60 grains of H4831 for a 130, 58ish grains for a 140 and 57ish grains for a 150 seem to be the ticket traditionally for .270 users.

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I dont know why cause i dont

I dont know why cause i dont have one but i really like the 270, my brother has one and its a great shooter. good luck with your load.

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Speer Recipe

For all my biggame I use 130 grain Speer Grand Slam bullets and max load of IMR 7828.  Either Winchester or Remington brass and CCI magnum primers.  I've tried non-magnum primers before, but with a slow burning powder like IMR7828 you are going to want a magnum primer to get things burning completely and consistently.  This is a load I followed from the Speer Manual 16 years ago and just tweeked it over time, mainly by playing with the bullet seating dept. It's been a pretty accurate round in my Winchester M70 Featherweight.  Common advice though is to start low and work your way up with powder load, watching for signs of exessive pressure in the brass until you get to the powder load you want and even still once at that powder load while playing with the seating depth.  There is also a different recipe for 150 grain grand slams with different powder if you want a heavier bullet.  I've use it too.

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Sierras

I have been shooting the sierra 130s with H4831. work great on whitetails, hope to find out what they will do one elk in a few weeks.

130BT, 58.5gr H4831, standard large rifle primer

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Thanks for the advice guys.

Thanks for the advice guys. Here's where I'm at. I got a bunch of H4831 when my Gpa gave me the reloading stuff. I decided to give 130 grain accubonds a try. I was hoping to get subMOA (which I know my rifle is up to based on factory ammo) while pusing the 130 grainer at 3100 fps. I tried from 57 to 60 grains in .5 grain intervals. The most accurate load was 57 grains but I was only getting 2950-2970 out of it. With 60 grains, I was up to 3130 fps but my group had widened substantially.

I think I am going to try one of the other powders. Probably imr4350 since I already have that on hand.

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Get the speed you want first

Get the speed you want first with little sign of pressure. Then tinker with the seating depth to maximize your accuracy. You should be able to get it done with that powder. Good luck

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what he said

You've got a nice max load, now monkey with seating depth. 

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in my opinion

In my opinion the 130 grain bullets are better served with muzzle velocity at or above 3000 ft/sec behind them. If you go too light and too slow performance just goes to hell, especially on elk.  The 130 grain bullets in a .270 Win sure have the mass and energy to penetrate an elk at it's original loading.  I would not try and scale down a 130 grain .270 Win bullet.  With the 150 grain bullets you can go around 2750 ft/sec to a bit over 2900 ft/sec.  It's a little bit heavier bullet so for safe pressure you'll want to use less powder, but because it's heavier it still retains good energy on target at those slower speeds.

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Here is what I found: Nosler

Here is what I found:

Nosler 140grain Accubond, 45 grains of Alliant RL-15 and CCI 200 primers.

 

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