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Shooting a .270 Winchester 130 grain. What would be the max distance on this gun? How flat shooting is it?

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from Treestand wrote 3 years 14 weeks ago

Some Ballistics charts list 400yd and one list 500yd
for your .270Win.

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from FirstBubba wrote 3 years 14 weeks ago

If you're shooting a scope:
After bore sighting, set scope to shoot dead on at 25 yards. Step out to 100 yards and adjust scope to shoot 1.5 to 2 inches high.
With all outside factors being good, you should be back to dead on in the vicinity of 225 yards.
Considering that the "average" deer presents a "kill zone" of approximately an 8 inch radius, out to 300 yards, put the + where you want the bullet to go. Point of impact (POI) should be within 4 inches or so of point of aim (POA).
That's what the CARTRIDGE is capable of. Unless you take the time to practice, you might as well be chunking bricks.
The cartridge is fully capable of taking game to 400 yards easily. I WOULD NOT push beyond that range. There is WAY to much that can go wrong to cause wounded and lost game.

Bubba

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from Sourdough Dave wrote 3 years 14 weeks ago

Depends on your ability. It is extremely flat shooting. Zeroed for 200 yds it is half inch high at 50, one and a half high at 100, dead on at 200, six and a half low at 300, foot or so low at 400 and a hold over of a yard or so will kill game out at 500. The 130 will carry more energy out farther than the same caliber in 150. It may just be my favorite caliber.

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from whitetailfreek wrote 3 years 14 weeks ago

Personally witnessed my dad drop a doe at 400 yards with a .270 Winchester at 130 grains. The .270 is a hell of a cartridge, but like others have said, YOU have to be capable to handle its capabilities. That means time behind the gun, and knowing your own limitations.

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from Sarge01 wrote 3 years 14 weeks ago

About 20 years ago I had a 270 and was preparing for a mule deer hunt to Colorado. I handloaded and was shooting 130 grain Sierra Gamekings. I forget what the powder charge was. I haven't had a 270 for over 15 years now. I sighted the 270 to hit 3 inches high at 100 yards. At that time I guessed that the bullet should be dead on at about 300 yards. The first morning of the hunt I saw a large mule deer, turned out to be a 30 inch deer, and got excited and shot over the deer the first two times. I finally got settled down and used my backpack for a rest and killed the deer with a shot through both shoulders. I didn't have a rangefinder but I am estimating the distance to be between 350 and 400 yards. I should have done a little more shooting before I left but I was in the hospital for 2 weeks just 3 days before we left for the trip. I consider myself lucky to have killed the deer. It was a nice 30 inch mule deer killed in the San Inabella National Forest nesr Westcliffe, Colorado with no guide on a do-it -yourself hunt. I have given up the .270 for the .280 which I like much better.

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from Phil1227 wrote 3 years 14 weeks ago

I have personaly killed many deer at 300 yards with my 270 shooting 130gr bullets but after that distance it depends alot on you experience and skill.

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from tennesseedeerhunter wrote 3 years 14 weeks ago

ive seen my dad shoot a doe at 600 yards and my grandpa shoot a buck at 800 but they are real good shots

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from Clay Cooper wrote 3 years 14 weeks ago

Sourdough Dave is absolutely right, "Depends on your ability."

The more you become more intimately aware of what the bullet is doing and what to compensate, the longer the effective range it will be.

I used to say, anything past 300 yards starts to rainbow. But with the latest in new bullet,propellant and cartridge design it's around 350 to 400 yards now.

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from DakotaMan wrote 3 years 14 weeks ago

The .270 has enough energy to deck a deer at 400 yards assuming a 130g bullet with a muzzle velocity of 3100 fps. The 140g at 3000 fps imparts the same energy at 500 yards. If you, your rifle, and scope shoot decent, you should be able to hit an 8 inch target every time out to 500 yards. If you intend to shoot that distance, I would suggest putting 8 inch targest at 400 and 500 yards and shoot them each about 200 times. I have found that most people don't practice at that range and therefore don't think their rifle is capable of that. I would also suggest not shooting at game over 300 yards until you are 100% confident in your ability to control the shot because it is just not ethical.

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from .300winmag wrote 3 years 14 weeks ago

I've heard tons of success stories with whitetails and mulies, and I've talked to elk hunters that have no problem taking elk to around 200-250yds, so I'd say if your confident in ur shooting ability., practice and know your gun, you should have no problem taking elk, deer, sheep and the like with it, though I like my model 700 in .300 win mag for most work, except for thick cover, where I plan to use my new .30-30 marlin.but honestly the .300 win mag is a darling of a cartridge. Long range, heavy hitting, manageable recoil, but thats just my favorite. Everyones different.

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from scratchgolf72 wrote 3 years 14 weeks ago

with my .270 wsm sighted in dead at 200 with 140 grain nosler accubonds, i can hold right on anything from 0-300 yards. its a 500 yard gun.

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from Bvhopalog wrote 3 years 13 weeks ago

I can tell you from many years experience a 270 is a great rifle and will kill anything you want at reasonable distances, I like the 150 bullet never shot the 130 but know friends that have and will not use anything else. The last two moose we took never went 20ft after being hit,but again I was not shooting 4-5 hundred yards. good luck and enjoy.

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from scratchgolf72 wrote 3 years 13 weeks ago

sorry i meant 250....thats an inch and a half high at 100

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from Keith Costley wrote 3 years 13 weeks ago

The .270 Winchester is a flat shooting rifle. I would advise getting on the internet to view ballistic tables of your specific load. Generally speaking for an average .270 Winchester 130 grain bullet, the projectile will drop in the neighborhood of 7 inches at 300 yards. As I said earlier, retrieve information from ballistic tables that you get on the internet or, better yet, from the manufacturer of the bullet. Then do your own individual tests from a shooting table at various distances so you can get an accurate feel for the load. That way you will know for sure how your bullet is performing. And remember one more thing. Always use the exact same bullet to hunt with that you sighted in with. This is crucial. All bullet loads are not created equal.

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from 230hardball wrote 3 years 13 weeks ago

i site mine in at 2 inches high at 100 yards...130 grain..hornady..spire point..at 3150 fps..hold over..about 8 inches at 400 yards....

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from FirstBubba wrote 3 years 14 weeks ago

If you're shooting a scope:
After bore sighting, set scope to shoot dead on at 25 yards. Step out to 100 yards and adjust scope to shoot 1.5 to 2 inches high.
With all outside factors being good, you should be back to dead on in the vicinity of 225 yards.
Considering that the "average" deer presents a "kill zone" of approximately an 8 inch radius, out to 300 yards, put the + where you want the bullet to go. Point of impact (POI) should be within 4 inches or so of point of aim (POA).
That's what the CARTRIDGE is capable of. Unless you take the time to practice, you might as well be chunking bricks.
The cartridge is fully capable of taking game to 400 yards easily. I WOULD NOT push beyond that range. There is WAY to much that can go wrong to cause wounded and lost game.

Bubba

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from Treestand wrote 3 years 14 weeks ago

Some Ballistics charts list 400yd and one list 500yd
for your .270Win.

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from Sourdough Dave wrote 3 years 14 weeks ago

Depends on your ability. It is extremely flat shooting. Zeroed for 200 yds it is half inch high at 50, one and a half high at 100, dead on at 200, six and a half low at 300, foot or so low at 400 and a hold over of a yard or so will kill game out at 500. The 130 will carry more energy out farther than the same caliber in 150. It may just be my favorite caliber.

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from Sarge01 wrote 3 years 14 weeks ago

About 20 years ago I had a 270 and was preparing for a mule deer hunt to Colorado. I handloaded and was shooting 130 grain Sierra Gamekings. I forget what the powder charge was. I haven't had a 270 for over 15 years now. I sighted the 270 to hit 3 inches high at 100 yards. At that time I guessed that the bullet should be dead on at about 300 yards. The first morning of the hunt I saw a large mule deer, turned out to be a 30 inch deer, and got excited and shot over the deer the first two times. I finally got settled down and used my backpack for a rest and killed the deer with a shot through both shoulders. I didn't have a rangefinder but I am estimating the distance to be between 350 and 400 yards. I should have done a little more shooting before I left but I was in the hospital for 2 weeks just 3 days before we left for the trip. I consider myself lucky to have killed the deer. It was a nice 30 inch mule deer killed in the San Inabella National Forest nesr Westcliffe, Colorado with no guide on a do-it -yourself hunt. I have given up the .270 for the .280 which I like much better.

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from whitetailfreek wrote 3 years 14 weeks ago

Personally witnessed my dad drop a doe at 400 yards with a .270 Winchester at 130 grains. The .270 is a hell of a cartridge, but like others have said, YOU have to be capable to handle its capabilities. That means time behind the gun, and knowing your own limitations.

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from Phil1227 wrote 3 years 14 weeks ago

I have personaly killed many deer at 300 yards with my 270 shooting 130gr bullets but after that distance it depends alot on you experience and skill.

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from Bvhopalog wrote 3 years 13 weeks ago

I can tell you from many years experience a 270 is a great rifle and will kill anything you want at reasonable distances, I like the 150 bullet never shot the 130 but know friends that have and will not use anything else. The last two moose we took never went 20ft after being hit,but again I was not shooting 4-5 hundred yards. good luck and enjoy.

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from tennesseedeerhunter wrote 3 years 14 weeks ago

ive seen my dad shoot a doe at 600 yards and my grandpa shoot a buck at 800 but they are real good shots

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from Clay Cooper wrote 3 years 14 weeks ago

Sourdough Dave is absolutely right, "Depends on your ability."

The more you become more intimately aware of what the bullet is doing and what to compensate, the longer the effective range it will be.

I used to say, anything past 300 yards starts to rainbow. But with the latest in new bullet,propellant and cartridge design it's around 350 to 400 yards now.

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from DakotaMan wrote 3 years 14 weeks ago

The .270 has enough energy to deck a deer at 400 yards assuming a 130g bullet with a muzzle velocity of 3100 fps. The 140g at 3000 fps imparts the same energy at 500 yards. If you, your rifle, and scope shoot decent, you should be able to hit an 8 inch target every time out to 500 yards. If you intend to shoot that distance, I would suggest putting 8 inch targest at 400 and 500 yards and shoot them each about 200 times. I have found that most people don't practice at that range and therefore don't think their rifle is capable of that. I would also suggest not shooting at game over 300 yards until you are 100% confident in your ability to control the shot because it is just not ethical.

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from .300winmag wrote 3 years 14 weeks ago

I've heard tons of success stories with whitetails and mulies, and I've talked to elk hunters that have no problem taking elk to around 200-250yds, so I'd say if your confident in ur shooting ability., practice and know your gun, you should have no problem taking elk, deer, sheep and the like with it, though I like my model 700 in .300 win mag for most work, except for thick cover, where I plan to use my new .30-30 marlin.but honestly the .300 win mag is a darling of a cartridge. Long range, heavy hitting, manageable recoil, but thats just my favorite. Everyones different.

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from scratchgolf72 wrote 3 years 14 weeks ago

with my .270 wsm sighted in dead at 200 with 140 grain nosler accubonds, i can hold right on anything from 0-300 yards. its a 500 yard gun.

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from scratchgolf72 wrote 3 years 13 weeks ago

sorry i meant 250....thats an inch and a half high at 100

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from Keith Costley wrote 3 years 13 weeks ago

The .270 Winchester is a flat shooting rifle. I would advise getting on the internet to view ballistic tables of your specific load. Generally speaking for an average .270 Winchester 130 grain bullet, the projectile will drop in the neighborhood of 7 inches at 300 yards. As I said earlier, retrieve information from ballistic tables that you get on the internet or, better yet, from the manufacturer of the bullet. Then do your own individual tests from a shooting table at various distances so you can get an accurate feel for the load. That way you will know for sure how your bullet is performing. And remember one more thing. Always use the exact same bullet to hunt with that you sighted in with. This is crucial. All bullet loads are not created equal.

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from 230hardball wrote 3 years 13 weeks ago

i site mine in at 2 inches high at 100 yards...130 grain..hornady..spire point..at 3150 fps..hold over..about 8 inches at 400 yards....

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