???best Load For .270 Win????
I just bought my first Savage (with AccuTrigger) 111Bgl chambered in .270 Win. Just wanted some input on which loads I should shoot. I hunt a lot of open country and sometimes it requires shots up to 300+ yrds. I never like dialing long distance (anything over 200yrds) but if the time comes and I need to, I want to be confident that my selected load is going to do the job at 300 yrds. I was thinking that 130-140 grain should give me plenty of muzzle velocity but at 300+ yrds would I still have the knock down power to effectively take deer cleanly???
I use a .270 and my favorite cartridge is the Remington 130 Gr. PSP No problems at all at 300 yards the .270 is famous for it's flat long range trajectory
You should have no problem with a 130 grain slug, I personally prefer 150 grain. I have shot out 400 yards, with 150 grain slug and still got my animal.
Just zero in at 200 yards and you will be able to hit at 400. It should only drop about 2 inches out at 400. That little bit shouldn't bother, when shooting at a deers' vitals.
I ended up going with Remington Premier AccuTip Boat Tail 130 GR. The ballistics charts shows 3060fps @ the muzzle, 2639fps @ 200yrds, and 2254fps @ 400yrds. Energy @ 400yrds is still 1467ft-lbs which is still very effictive to take deer considering accurate shot placement in the vitals. I think I'll be pretty happy with this load, but the true test will be out in the field when I put her to work.
You can go to almost any manufacturer's website and look at the ballistics of a given load but I would be sure to test different ammo at the range for the most accurate in your specific rifle when trying to shoot at the ranges you are talking about.May even want to try the Hornady Light-Mags since they offer more speed and energy but make sure they shoot accurate out of you rifle.I would also use the 130grns.
First of all, good choice on your rifle. I'm on my 2nd Savage (110 / 30 - 06) and I absolutely love shooting it. My other was a .243 that unfortunately got lost sometime in the decade that I didn't hunt.
As for .270 rounds, I have heard that 130 grain is preferable for whitetails. It's a little faster, and has less recoil than 150 grain (not that recoil is an issue with this caliber)
However, I don't think it really matters, as long as the bullet opens fast and holds together. The only factor that would change this (to me) is if you're shooting reallly long shots (300+ yds), in which case the "premium" loads might perform better.
As for me, I'm with BruceBruce. I shoot regular 150 grain Remington in the '06. If it doesn't get the job done, shame on me.
My Choice Of Ammo For My .270 Savage Is Winchester Supreme Ballistic Silver Tip Cxp 2..... Very Very Accurate And By Far The Best Knock Down Power I've Ever Gotten Outta Mine...
Oh Sorry I Forgot To Say What Grain.... I Use A 130 Grain..
Remington's website has a page for taking a gander at bullet ballistics. Personally prefer 130 grain Core-Lokt PSP rounds. Flatter trajectory and still enough knockdown at the distance you specified.
I just bought a Ruger M77 in 270 Win and put a Nikon Pro-Staff 3x9 on it. Gave it a quick boresight at the range, then shot 1 box of the Rem 150 gr core lock to sight it in. My last 3 rounds gave me 2-3 inch groups. Good enough for this years deer hunting.
A friend of mine has been re-loading for me for many years for my other rifles, 243, 30-06, 30-30 and 32 special. He tells me the 130 grain is better for long range, but do to the higher velocity, if I use 130 gr the most important thing is to get the right bullet. One that has a good heavy core and base made for penetration. Otherwise if you hit bone, it may shatter before it penetrates into the vitals. Not sure how much of a problem this is with whitetails, but may be an issue on heavier game such as elk or moose.
I plan on doing some re-loading of my own this winter. Will let you know how the 130 gr compares to 150 gr when I get some experience.
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