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Question by Big baby cofer. Uploaded on December 19, 2012
If a 130 grain Hornady Soft Point works fantastic for Caribou, the answer is obvious!
I have used 130gr CoreLokt, 150gr Nosler Partition and 130gr Barnes TSX. I like the TSX the best because they are accurate at long range but hold together at short ranges. Any of the three would be a good choice if your rifle likes them.
I've fed everything from handloaded Sierra 90 gr Hollow Points to some antique 170 gr Core-Lokts through my .270. We don't have "monster" whitetails, but we've got some nice sized ones!
One of the first handloads I built was a Sierra 130 gr BTSP (boat tail spire point). I just keep going back to it. I currently load 46.5 gr IMR 4895 with a Winchester large rifle primer. It approximates a factory load.
Opening weekend, three does came out. One left. The other two never wiggled!
It's just a good bullet.
personally shoot 140 grain nosler accubonds...but any bullet your rifle likes between 130-150 grain is the ticket.
It's a matter of opinion. I use 150 gr. Remington Core Lokt PSPs. They work fine for me, but the best one is the one you feel most confident in shooting and that shoot most accurately out of your gun. The only way to find out which is best for your gun is to buy a few different types and shoot 'em.
Deer themselves will die almost instantly when hit with any good .270 hunting bullet from the 100g to the 150g. The issue is what do you need to give you the best odds of putting that bullet in a lethal zone on the deer. If the deer is on the prairie and on the run, the speed and flat shooting characteristics of the small (e.g. 100g, 120g) bullets help you hit that zone. If you are slight of frame and the sharp recoil of the .270 cause you to flinch, then those same small bullets will help you.
If you are hunting in thick trees, the largest bullets (140g or 150g) have the best chance of getting there on target, especially the round nosed or flat nosed bullets.
If you are shooting at very long ranges, the largest bullets are a must so they carry enough energy to impact the deer when they hit. The very low drag of bullets like the Nosler Accubond, Hornady SST or Berger will be tops.
I am about 200 pounds and can tollerate the recoil for a shot or two per year while hunting in fairly open timber so my favorite is the 130g as a "do it all bullet". If you need to hunt pretty thick timber, the 150 does an even better job. My sister-in-law hates the recoil of those larger bullets and hunts mainly open fields. Her favorite is by far the 120g and she gets nice big bucks every year to validate she made the right choice.
A nice and economical bullet is the Hornady SST. It is typically the most accurate in my rifles from 50 to 500 yards, it shoots close or long and it expands just right for deer at any range. Most deer are shot at very close range though and nearly any hunting bullet on the shelf will do the job just fine within 100 yards.
I shoot Nosler Ballistic tips 130 gr out of my 270 wsm. I have used Hornady sst, Nosler Accubonds, and Berger hunting VLDs. The Nosler Ballistic tip and accubonds have good accuracy, but the reason I choose them over the others is their performance on game. The Bergers are the most accurate but I had very negative results on game. I never could get the SSTs to match the Nosler's accuracy. I shoot mule deer and elk.
I used the 130 grain Combined Technology bullets in my 270WSM . Real good accuracy and outstanding results on our deer.
Sarge, I'm glad you brought that up. I really like the Combined Technology bullets and should probably use them more. They are accurate and penetrate better than most without tearing up meat.
I'm a small frame dude and have no issue at all with either the 130 gr Remington Core Lokts or the 130 gr Hornady Interlocks. Both are very accurate in my old Ruger M77.
I also use a 270 the best that I have found is 50.5 grains of H 4350 with a 150 gr. sierra BT with a federal 210 match primer in match brass
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