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Old 10-28-2013, 04:23 PM
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Thinking of taking my .270 to MT for Elk as I'm very comfortable shooting it & get very good groups, better than my .338 Win. Mag. The most consistent 2 types of ammo that I've shot out of it are the Remington Core-Lokts & Winchester Power Points, each in 150 gr. With a well placed shot, will either of these rounds work well?
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Old 10-28-2013, 05:09 PM
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I'd be more comfortable with the 150gr Partition for elk. Not that the core-lokt won't work. I just like a little more insurance.
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Old 10-28-2013, 06:56 PM
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Originally Posted by coolbrze0 View Post
Thinking of taking my .270 to MT for Elk as I'm very comfortable shooting it & get very good groups, better than my .338 Win. Mag. The most consistent 2 types of ammo that I've shot out of it are the Remington Core-Lokts & Winchester Power Points, each in 150 gr. With a well placed shot, will either of these rounds work well?
The key words there are: "With a well placed shot" Yes, they will work.
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Old 10-28-2013, 09:53 PM
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its a good all around round...I wouldn't go shoot out 500yds.. but 100-200yd is definitely doable...read the ballistics on the package it will tell you your bullet drop.
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Old 10-28-2013, 11:50 PM
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There isn't an elk alive that can' be killed with a .270. As others have noted, Id also suggest a better bullet than a factory Remington. Noslers, Barnes, A-Frames etc... are all available in .270. Pick whichever groups best in your rifle. I mostly use Noslers in my rifles up to 9.3mm and then I use Woodleighs.

That being said, If I has a .338 and a .270 I'd use the .338. While the .270 would be great for broadside shots, the .338 will get to the vitals from any angle. With a good expanding bullet it will always cut a bigger and deeper wound channel. Personally, I like 2 holes in game. It lets more blood out and more air in. But, bullet placement is everything and if you put a .270 bullet in the vitals it will kill the elk Everytime.
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Old 10-29-2013, 06:34 AM
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I've got both, but always seem to go with the light 270 instead of the heavier magnums. With a good strong bullet the 270 gets it done just fine and is much nicer to carry in steep country. The importance of this can't be overstated.
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Old 10-29-2013, 07:26 AM
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as the hunters got bigger, the calibers got bigger. And of course the deer and the elk are wearing those armored vests for protection.
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Old 10-29-2013, 07:39 AM
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Originally Posted by Wilcam47 View Post
its a good all around round...I wouldn't go shoot out 500yds.. but 100-200yd is definitely doable...read the ballistics on the package it will tell you your bullet drop.

You need to give the .270 more respect than that. It still has 1700fpe at 400 yds. More than enough to flatten any bull.
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Sounds like a discussion that has been had over thousands of campfires and around quite a few hot stoves.

I figure if a guy wants to tote a heavy rifle to do the job a lighter rifle will do just as well I'm all for him.
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Old 10-29-2013, 11:32 AM
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Originally Posted by Muley Hunter View Post
You need to give the .270 more respect than that. It still has 1700fpe at 400 yds. More than enough to flatten any bull.
Aren't you confusing velocity with FPE??

http://www.remington.com/ballistics/default.aspx

Put in 270 and look at 150 gr core lock ballistics.

http://ballisticscalculator.winchester.com/

150 power point

And the Remington premium with the nosler partition 150 gr comes in at 1459 FPE at 400

http://ballisticscalculator.winchester.com/

Are you OK with the nosler partition out to 300 and possibly 400 yards? Probably, but the drop starts to come into play there.

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