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post #11 of 33 (permalink) Old 06-23-2008, 04:57 AM
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I've had a beautiful Remington Model 700 .270 handed down to me from a family member, so I'm looking for ammo... I usually don't shoot more than 100 yards, but if the opportunity arises, will a 130 take a buck down cleanly at 100-150 yards? .
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The 270 Win 130 grain is an OUTSTANDING deer cartridge. It'll kill deer at the 100-150 yard range like a bolt of lightning. You have a 300+ yard rifle cartridge combo for deer. Any of the standard bullet cartridges such as Federal Power-SHOK, Remington Core-Lok, Winchester Power-Point, etc... will do just fine. My best friend and I have been shooting 270 Winchester rifles, his a Rem Model 700 and mine a Ruger M77, since 1973 using 130 grain cartridges and have accounted for over 100+ whitetail deer - would be a lot more if I had not taken a 15+ year break from deer hunting. His has collected mule deer, pronghorn, and elk. Never lost a single one.

My advice is pickup a box of each of the standard bullet 130 grain cartridges from Federal, Remingtion, Winchester, Hornady, etc.. Clean the rifle bore really good with a good copper removing solvent. Then off a benchrest shoot 3 shot groups at 100 yards. Let the rifle tell you which brand it likes best by shooting the tightest groups. I'd also suggest you sight it at 1.5" high at 100 yards which with the 130 grain will be zero at 200 yards and approx 6.5-7" low at 300 yard. That'll give you the "Just put the crosshairs on it" out to 300 yards.

Also many times you'll won't get pass through shots depending on the shot angle but will recover a nicely shaped mushroom bullet on the off side. Don't let that worry you. The 130 grain did exactly what it's supposed to do - Deliver all its energy into the animal. Pass through shots waste the bullet's energy on the brush, trees, and ground behind the animal.

The Rem Model 700 you have is a really nice rifle and is chambered in a great cartridge. Have fun.

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post #12 of 33 (permalink) Old 06-23-2008, 09:54 AM
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also see:

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post #13 of 33 (permalink) Old 06-23-2008, 03:25 PM
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Good articles Scrub......

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post #14 of 33 (permalink) Old 06-23-2008, 08:00 PM
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I Used To Hunt With The 270 And Used The 130 Barns Trip Shock.worked Good For Me.the 270 Is A Flat Shooting Gun And Is An Excellent Choice For Just About Any North American Wild Game.

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post #15 of 33 (permalink) Old 06-23-2008, 09:50 PM
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no arguement here on the 270, the only thing I differ on is I prefer an exit wound, it gives better trailing especially if it is low. Otherwise, you can't go wrong owning a 270 it is a great classic. I do up the gr weight when I take it to Colarado as my back up elk rifle.

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I agree HM. I use a .270 and the bullet I wanted to use wouldn't exit most of the time. It would break up inside. I went to 150 gr and it exits well ...works for me. Either one 130 or 150 works well. If I can get set up again to reload, I'll prolly go back to the 130's.

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post #17 of 33 (permalink) Old 06-25-2008, 06:22 PM
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I agree an exit hole might give a better blood trail. However I've never had to track one I shot with my .270 Win 130 grains. They either were laying where they were standing or less than 10 yards away. Guess I've been lucky with that. I used both handloads and factory. I used Hornady and Sierra bullets and never had a break up. Always near perfect mushrooms.

However the deciding factor for me is which one shoots the best from my rifle. I want the best accuracy with a bullet designed for the task be it 130 gr or 150 gr. My rifle loves 130 grains and will shoot sub .5 MOA at 100 yards if I do my part.

If you want an exit hole and 130 grain, probably the Nosler Partition would be a good choice as well as the Barnes TSX.

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I haven't used any Barnes bullets, but its hard to beat Nosler bullets and I have some Swift-A-frames in 140 gr for the 270. I haven't tried some of the newer bullets out, but I'm sure there are some very good ones. Not to overdue the subject, I simply would be upset if I didn't get a complete pass through using any of the normal deer calibers. Any double lung or heart shot should be a pass through even if the opposite shoulder is hit. I wish I could say all dropped in their tracks too, but that wouldn't be true. I've had heart shot deer run 100 yds with different calibers and you wonder how in the hell they can do it. With swamp hunting I want the most blood on the ground I can get and this usually requires an exit wound. One of my buddy's famous comments is "even King Kong can't run with collasped lungs". While a double lung hit may not drop them in their tracks they certainly won't be too far. The very best drop in their tracks shot I had was with a 22-250 centered heart shot that exploded the liver and still exited. That was a 70 gr speer bullet loaded hot.
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it is amazing just how far they can go with a fatal wound

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I always say they will run out of air before they run out of blood.
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