The .270 Winchester

Discussion in 'Modern Firearms' started by Riflelooney, Aug 7, 2016.

  1. Riflelooney

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    Took a pretty little m700 laminate in on trade a while back.... Having no use for a 270 Winchester I had planned on rebarreling it to a 25-06 Ackley. Have decided against that as well. Haven't ever been much fan of the 270 and really don't need one. But I may end up keeping it. Wouldn't mind trading it to a m700 in a 243 however. (hint hint fellas)

    Anyhow. If I do in fact decide to keep and gather all of the reloading components, has anyone here used 150s in the .270? I know the standard is 130 but I've never liked the idea of fast bullets ( in excess of 3000 fps) on larger game. I much prefer 2700-2900. I figure if I can get 150s to shoot maybe I can slow it down enough to like it. So my question is .....Is Anyone running 150s instead of 130s and how do they shoot?
     
  2. davers

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    I own a .270 and use 130 grain bullets on Deer sized game as well as long shots on Coyotes. The .270 is great for long range shots (200 yards +) so it is mainly an open country load, but can be handloaded nicely for use in wooded or partly wooded areas, and your 150 grain bullet will work fine. If you are wanting to purchase a 2,700 FPS cartridge rifle then I'd go with the .308, as it is an ideal load for woods and field shots up to 200 yards.
     
  3. Riflelooney

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    Thanks for the reply davers......I actually own a 308, and a 30-06 lol. Both Remington 700s. if I had it to do over again knowing what I think I know now....I would have just built a 7mm-08 years ago and been done with it.
    I'm just trying to figure out how to make this 270 not like a .270 lol
     
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  5. Riflelooney

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    Im gonna take a peek in my manual later.....I like everything about the above load except that hornady bullet
     
  6. web splitter

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    Your conundrum is one of the reasons why I like the 7mm-08 as well.
    .284 @ 2800-2900 ft/sec is ideal to me here in KY.
     
  7. Riflelooney

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    Having used the 7-08 once or twice and loaded for it, I have really come to think that it is hands down the PERFECT deer rifle. There's magic in 7mm bullets. Kicks little but kills a lot. I thin I am going to list this .270 in the classifieds. I know I'm a new member here and that's frowned up on but I'd like to get this one gone. 270 just isn't for me lol
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  8. davers

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    At one time, many years ago, Remington loaded a 150 grain round nose soft point. Velocity was around 2,600 FPS, but I haven't seen this factory load in years. I also remember that CIL offered a 170 grain round nose bullet for woods/brush hunting.
     
  9. KY Swamp Beagler

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    What size game are you referring to when you say larger? Elk-sized or deer-sized game?
     
  10. Riflelooney

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    Just big game in general.

    Antelope to moose......most seem to agree big game bullets perform their best at 26-2900fps. And I'm of this school of thought as well
     
  11. JDMiller

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    The 150 grain Remington Core-lokt is a round nose soft point but pushes around 2850 at muzzle.

    Which I packed a 270 for about 30 years concerning deer hunting. As I was a Jack 0'Conner fan and as soon as I graduated high school and working ... I bought my first 700 in 270. Over the years I had 3 different rifles .. all 700's of different varieties.

    Which on deer I only used the 130's for maybe one or two seasons. Just didn't like the results on deer... so I switched to the 150gr Core-lokt and never looked back. Took a bunch of deer with them and hunting timber was a perfect fit.

    Which my only complaint with the 270 was lack of factory ammo offerings. As such was the exact reason I switched to a 30-06 a few years ago. Just a multitude of offerings covering a broad range of game.

    Can't say I don't have a little sentimental attachment to the 270 as I hunted with one for so long. But for a whole lot of reasons I wouldn't recommend it as there's so many better calibers out there.

    Just my opinion but the 30-06 or 308 are probably the most versatile calibers a person can own. Which having one hunting rifle chambered for either one .. your pretty much set to hunt any big game in North America.
     
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    JD - you like O'Connor I am more in the club of Elmer Keith lol.

    I already own both the 308 and the 30-06. I really didn't need this .270 but I didn't need the .45 I traded for it either....... Kinda stuck with it so I figured let's try some 150s
     
  13. davers

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    The present velocity of a 150 grain .270 bullet is 2,850 FPS. However back years ago, Remington also loaded a more "mild" 150 grain load, as some Hunters thought the 130 grain bullet was too destructive on Deer and ruined a lot of meat. Remington then came out with a lower velocity 150 grain RNSP for use in the woods/brush. However it wasn't a strong seller so Remington dropped it. This can be read in Cartridges Of The World.
     
  14. JDMiller

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    Honestly didn't know that.

    I dont reload....so I shot several different brands of factory ammo through the years but pretty much landed on the 150gr Core-Lokt and stayed. However I will say my experience with the 130's (Hornady Frontiers) ... was them not expanding at close range. It was never a case of being too devastating... they just blow through without much damage at all. Which I'll reiterate here that I hunted mostly timber and shots were relatively close.... 80 yds or less. With most being between 40-60 yds. Another brand... style of bullet in 130gr other than Hornady I tried..even longer shots might have changed my mind.

    But... I switched to the 150 Core-Lokt.... problem solved.

    Which I will say and I may be imagining things here....... but the last few years I didn't think the Core-Lokt's performed near as good as they use too. Maybe it was just me and shot placement wasn't good but seemed things weren't the same. Which I've pretty much switched to Winchester Ammo for all my guns... thinking the only Remington ammo I got in the safe is 22 Hornet & 22-250 right now.
     
  15. mwezell

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    Sounds like you're a reloader and like customs...How ' bout a 280 Ackley? I've built several and owned a couple. It's become my favorite all around hunting cartridge.
     
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